Every morning around 11 a.m ., I feel momentarily better. That boy who is available on my television screen is calm; calibrated; deaden where he needs to be; full of circumstantial updates.
Not that it’s good news he’s peddling. Tuesday morning, as I write these words, he has declared that” “weve had” some new knowledge … changes in circumstances that are not encouraging .” The increasing rate has sped up. That entails, he clarified clearly, more seriously sick parties, which represents more hospital bunks are needed, and medical staff and equipment and protective gear, and that the apex is coming sooner than we thought–in 14 daytimes,” so if the ventilators aren’t there when necessary, it’s no good .” Only the federal government can provide those, from an existing stockpile.
That’s all frightful story, but all delivered in a way we would expect a president to speak–it’s just a reproach that that husband is not the president. It’s Andrew Cuomo. However you feel about the pre-virus Andrew, he’s been what we’ve needed during this crisis. He has behaved the way a chairman ought to behave. And hardly a syllable of his presentations is about himself.
Remember “his fathers” &# x27; s acclaimed phrase, that one campaigned in poetry and decided in prose? At his best in these briefs, Andrew does both. The prose contained in the statistics and datum. The poem came toward the end, in his strong soliloquy in which he questioned beings to imagine the day-to-day lives of his country &# x27; s nurses, caressing their children goodbye in the morning, leader off to their dangerous work, coming home to those children. It was beautiful, with a communal and moral weight that we all need right now.
Meanwhile, the president we have is a weak and sad parcel of childish desires. He’s jealous of Anthony Fauci. He’s mad at medical professionals, and he has did them afraid to offer in his vicinity information that is factually true-blue and that Americans need to know( think about that ). He feels cooped up, inadequate thing; can’t golf, which really intends he is rejected one of his regular opportunities to lie and chisel and get away with it (” immense round, sir !”). His own golf recourses are closed, which no doubt is of greater import to him than the public health stats. No Mar-a-Lago means no bootlickers fawning over his very stable genius while he ketchups his well-done steak. And he misses his prejudiced and demagogic revivals, misses the adulation. He’s bored.
Most of all, he mulls an fiscal collapse is going to hurt his reelection lucks. So, while the cases in this country are still growing exponentially and New York hastens toward an apex, the first in a series of beckons that will crash over different American fields; while several thousand Americans are contracting this infection every day; while nearly every medical professional and epidemiologist is warning that the worst is still ahead, and while his administration still hasn’t done anything concrete that we can see to rapidity the manufacture and transmission of exam paraphernaliums and concealments and ventilators, he’s going to send Americans back to work.
It’s a recipe for tragedy. As Joe Scarborough was saying Tuesday morning, it’s not even in Trump’s political self-interest, if he could see beyond the next 15 instants. His own political lucks will stabilize and improve when a) the virus is contained, b) the economy backlashes, and c) he gets the credit for having guided the nation to do this right. But all that happens over months. Trump can’t think in months. He can’t even support a gues for the 15 daytimes he said we need to stop the spread.
Cuomo right now is the closest thing we have to a governor talking and playing like a chairperson, so it’s up to Cuomo to save us from Gauleiter Trump. Is “Gauleiter” extremely laden a word? It’s associated with the Nazis. But it also has a more generic meaning–an overbearing and officious head, and one who is usually wrong. It’s a call of general disdain, in this case fairly suitably deserved.
Assuming Trump demises his the guiding principles on social distancing next Monday, America needs Cuomo, and our other more sensible ministers, to dare the president of the United Commonwealth. To say,” No, Mr. President; we’re just now getting a handle on this. We have not been able to flattened the curve. But we now are just beginning to see the possibility that we might. We’ve just closed nonessential jobs. Some of us have issued stay-at-home successions. The healthcare and hospital plans in our positions are our responsibility, and we picture accident onward if we overtake them. So we say to the residents of our state, don’t listen to the president of the United District. Our line-ups are still in effect and will stay in effect .”
It’s clearly the best thing to do. It will save lives. And it would be just great if they did it in a dramatic and theatrical mode. En masse. Cuomo and Gavin Newsom and Ned Lamont and J.B. Pritzker and other boss saying the same thing at the same time.
And it’d be even better if some Republican governors join them. Harmonizing to this Wall Street Journal inventory, exclusively a few GOP boss have issued mandates: Mike DeWine of Ohio most notably, along with Larry Hogan of Maryland, Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, Jim Justice of West Virginia, and Eric Holcomb of Indiana. Texas’ Greg Abbott and Florida’s Ron DeSantis have issued more limited fiats about social gatherings.
DeWine could have a particular impact here. He guides an important state( and a district where, incidentally, the last-place survey before all this madness made had it Biden 49, Trump 45 ). He’s made responsible decisions. And he has to know that this is so much more important than politics.
Trump and the Republican, as my colleague Matt Lewis posted now, are” willing to sacrifice lives” to save the economy and his reelection probabilities. If Trump repeals his seek, and beings( including those under red moods where lots of people still think this whole thing is a Democrat hoax) start going back to work and mixing again, and the rate of contraction explodes and our hospital systems are overtaken, what will he say then?
We know what he’ll say. It’s not its own responsibilities. People realise their own alternatives. Old beings, well, they die. It’s under control. Very under control. I’ve directed this large. I envisage I listen to the experts, but it’s interesting, everyone is saying that the experts are listening to me, extremely. And it’s working out very well. Very well. The counterfeit word merely won’t report the truth.
Just while I was writing these texts, The Washington Post reported that the World Health Organization now says the United Government is on its way to becoming the brand-new world-wide epicenter of the crisis. That’s the United Country of America, where formerly science was venerated and chairpeople did things like John Kennedy did in 1962, where reference is ratified the Vaccination Assistance Act, creating and funding our country’s first-ever nationwide immunization program, which produced amazing solutions over the process of being that decade and beyond.
But of course, that was done by the evil government. And it required tax money. And it depended on evidence. Three things Trump and the Republican Party despise. They used to be simply a joke. Now they are killing people.