Texas Governor Greg Abbott was in hot soup over his state’s freezeup meltdown. So he did what any politician would do: change the subject.
Abbott announced the end of covid restrictions in his state. All business open 100%. No masks necessary. His hope was that freeing Texans to let the good times roll would deflect them from talking about how badly their government screwed up the power system.
It should work, at least in the short term. Another covid surge in Texas will take a few weeks to materialize, and in the meanwhile people will flock to churches, bars and restaurants (not necessarily in that order) and forget about the power issues.
But chances of another surge are good. When Abbott gave his order, Texas had one of the lowest vaccine rates in the US. It was also in the middle of a small surge in cases from the low point in late February.
If Texas sees a big surge and is one of the only states to roll out the portable morgues again, it could reflect poorly on Abbott. His opponents in both political parties could benefit.
Rolling snake eyes could come back to bite him.
Donald Trump loves rallies. They get his juices going. Nothing, including Covid-19, will keep him from scheduling more of them. Joe Biden can take advantage of this.
He should send a truck to wherever Trump holds a political gathering. It show up the morning after, or maybe two mornings after. It will be staffed with health professionals and offer free Covid-19 testing for anyone that went to Trump’s rally.
Even if no one shows up for the test, he will be making an effective point. It is the kind of thing Trump would have done if the tables were turned.
It is now official. President Trump’s son in law Jared Kushner made it so. Medical stockpiles are “ours.” Some might think “ours” might refer to the federal government. Technically, some might be correct. But practically, they could not be further from the truth. When Kushner said “ours” he meant the Trump family.
Kiss Trump’s ring and your state might get critical medical supplies from the stockpile. Ignore the ring and you will get nothing but insults on Twitter.
It is another great opportunity for a campaign advertisement that the Democrats are sure to blow.
In every crisis, the first thing to disappear from the shops is TP.