I think it was the Free Stuff
that produced the unexpectedly strong GQP election showing.
Nobody's ever passed out so much of it in the months before an election before, not even close by an order of magnitude.
Re: I think it was the Free Stuff
Probably 10% of the country has been pushed into dire straits, another 10% into precarity.
But about 80% has been very well shielded from the economic impacts of the pandemic.
And you will find a very small percentage who actually know (or care to know) the politics of how that came to be.