I think folks are just tired of the pandemic, they want things to go back to normal. That the election of Biden was due to or tied to that hope.
That's true...but without the pandemic Trump would have been reelected.
Republicans are doing everything in their power to keep it going because it is their path back into power.
As a numbers guy, I'll have to disagree that without the pandemic, Trump would have won reelection. Following the numbers since Trump was first was elected, they were never there for his reelection. At least in winning the popular vote. Independents constantly gave Trump a 58-61% dislike or unfavorable rating. That's from day one of his presidency to the Nov 2020 election. All the democrats had to do was to avoid nominating another Hillary Clinton which they succeeded.
54% of independents voted for Biden, another 5% voted against both Biden and Trump because they disliked both major party candidates adding up to 59% voting against Trump which happened to be the exact number who viewed Trump unfavorably. I was never worried about Trump winning in 2020, it was a case of just how bad he would lose. Trump actually received a bump due to the pandemic in March, April, May, going up to 47% approval before dropping back to his normal 44%.
You're probably right about Republicans trying to keep the pandemic going, Trump supporters anyway. On the reverse the Democrats are trying to use Trump, keep him front and centered in order to boost their election prospects. It's no secret independents don't like Trump, but as time goes by more and more independents are placing Trump into the past history column. The time where independents were kept happy just because Biden and company weren't Trump is gone. It ended in August. Now it's up to the democrats to prove they deserve reelection and just telling the voting public, independents in particular they're not Trump. That I don't think will be enough anymore.