Monday, August 2, 2021

GET ME REWRITE: Ron DeSantis fiddles while Florida burns with the delta variant

Headline from CNN, 8/2/2021
How does DeSantis explain his seeming dismissal of those CDC recommendations?\ 
"We think that's the most fair way to do it," DeSantis said of his mask move, adding: "Many Florida schoolchildren have suffered under forced masking policies, and it is prudent to protect the ability of parents to make decisions regarding the wearing of masks by their children."


How does DeSantis explains this?

He doesn't even try.  This former Freedom Caucus Crazy knows he's a loser.

7/27/2012 update, "Meet Florida governor Ron DeSantis, looking ahead to 2024 and playing to the cheap seats". starts here.

Florida has exceeded its 2020 summer peak

New York Times 


Leading the pack again


7/27/2021 update starts here

Headline:  Washington Post, 7/23/2021
More than 640,000 more Americans have been confirmed to have contracted the coronavirus this month. About 1 in 5 of those new infections were recorded in Florida. 
The timing on this would seem to be a bit awkward for the state’s governor, Ron DeSantis (R). He’s leaned hard into the idea that he found the perfect balance of coronavirus restrictions and personal freedoms, standing athwart the big-government mandates in favor of the little man. Somewhat awkwardly, his campaign is selling merchandise mocking the federal government’s top infectious-disease expert, Anthony S. Fauci, whose cautious approach to containing the virus annoyed former president Donald Trump and, by extension, Trump’s base of support. For a Republican with an eye on 2024 — such as DeSantis — it’s a valuable audience to which one might play.

7/26/2021 update starts here

The State of Florida didn't issue a Covid update yesterday, but the virus rampages on.

New York Times, 7/23/2021
Florida’s leaders expected a summer wave. For many weeks, Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, said the coronavirus would likely return in bigger numbers — as it did last summer, to devastating effect — because hotter temperatures drive people indoors, into the air-conditioning. [Emphasis added.]
“It’s a seasonal virus, and this is the seasonal pattern it follows in the Sun Belt states,” he said on Monday. 
But Mr. DeSantis, a possible 2024 Republican presidential hopeful who has seen his popularity among conservatives skyrocket for bucking some federal guidelines related to public health and being early to reopen Florida’s economy, insisted that — summer wave or not — the state would not impose any new mandates. (Florida never instituted a statewide mask mandate, though local governments did.)

Ah, yes, we all remember the seasonal summer virus of January 2021.

Retiring Guy is not sure what's worse here:  Ron DeSantis' inane excuses or Patricia Mazzei's mindless transcription.

7/25/2021 update starts here

Headline:  news4jax, 7/23/2021
Stats from Worldometers

Yesterday Florida reported nearly 40% of new Covid-19 cases in the U.S.  Heckuva job!

From the news4jax report:
Gov. Ron DeSantis has drawn national attention for bucking federal health-care officials over the handling of the novel coronavirus, but a group of Florida physicians said Thursday the governor’s push to reopen the state and block precautions are a main reason for a sharp increase in the number of residents suffering from COVID-19. 
Bernard Ashby, a Miami cardiologist and leader of the Florida chapter of the Committee to Protect Health Care, said DeSantis should spend more time talking to people about the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines and less time attacking federal infectious-disease expert Anthony Fauci in hopes of scoring political points. 
“While hospitals in our state were filling up, DeSantis was shouting about ‘Freedom over Faucism,’” said Ashby who leads the group of 405 Florida physicians. “If DeSantis were as concerned about stopping COVID-19 spread as he was about coming up with these clever jabs about Dr. Fauci, we might not be in this position.” 
Ashby said DeSantis has bragged about Florida’s approach to handling the pandemic, but he accused the governor of being reactive and not having a plan to protect residents.


July 24 update starts here

They weren't the only ones.  (See 7/22/2021 update below.

Yesterday Florida reported 20% of new Covid-19 cases in the U.S.  Heckuva job!

Headline from Wall Street Journal, 3/5/2021
Stats from Worldometers

Guess they should have checked the train departure board a bit closer.


7/23/2021 update, "GET ME REWRITE:  3 states report 40% of new COVID-19 cases in US:  Florida leads the way", starts here.

Headline:  CNN, 7/23/2021 (box added)
Stats:  Worldometers

Extremely risky business in FLA.

7/22/2021 update, "March 2021 Ron DeSantis headline at Politico is egregiously, hilariously off the mark", starts here.

Politico nonsense found here.
Stats from Worldometers

A sample:  

There’s a sweet spot in there that most governors have searched for but few have found,” said GOP pollster Whit Ayres, who’s worked for DeSantis in the past. “He’s managed to figure out the sweet spot between good policy and good politics.” 
“He’s in the catbird’s seat,” powerful Trump-tied lobbyist Brian Ballard told me. “The future of the party.”

Original 7/21/2021 post, "Chris Cillizza headline still on the mark one year later", starts here.


Yesterday, Florida reported 18% of new Covid cases in the U.S.   

DeSantis has been trying to happy talk his way out of his incompetence since last summer.

Janel Brandtjen is a big fat liar


Here is the commission’s takedown of that misinformation: 
“Though she did not cite any specific sources, Representative Brandtjen appears to be conflating and misinterpreting several different types of data related to the voter registration list and multiple processes designed to ensure election integrity. Voter data mismatches happen about 5% of the time, and are almost always minor typos which are corrected by the clerk or the voter, not fraud. These voter records are never removed from the system – there are no “ghost voters” as Representative Brandtjen claimed in a related radio interview.

7/27/2021 update, "Meet Janel Brandtjen: Trump Kool-Aid Queen" starts here.

Janel needs to eliminate the Kool-Aid from her diet.

One of the loudest critics of how the election was run is Rep. Janel Brandtjen, chair of the Assembly elections committee. In a statement Monday, she said her committee will request additional materials to conduct a deeper review.  
The type of probe Brandtjen describes mirrors a widely discredited re-examination being conducted by a private contractor in Arizona. Brandtjen and three other Wisconsin Republicans traveled to Arizona last month to observe that review.


7/3/2021 update, "Meet Janel Brandtjen, adept practitioner of willful ignorance, starts here.

GM Today, 6/2/2021

Let the droolfest begins
But Brandtjen said her real fear is what happens now that Evers has vetoed the restrictions on outside political money in Wisconsin. 
“Right now, having third-party money as an option to place people in the clerk’s office, means to the highest bidder, we’re bidding-out the state’s elections,” Brandtjen said. “I think most people, both Republicans and Democrats, will say ‘No, I don’t want that.’”

The real story

With a tight budget and little help from the federal government, Chester County applied for an election grant from the Center for Tech and Civic Life, a previously small Chicago-based nonprofit that quickly amassed hundreds of millions of dollars in donations to help local election offices — most notably, $350 million from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan. 
"Honestly, I don't know what we would have done without it," Turner said. 
The coronavirus pandemic — and Congress' neglect — necessitated an unprecedented bailout of election offices with private money funneled through the little-known nonprofit. And the money proved indispensable.

Janel Brandtjen is one of the reasons why Chester County has flipped to blue.  Donald Trump is another.

GET ME REWRITE: Wisconsin career politician with benefits galore wants to be a UW-COVID superspreader

Career politician Steve Nass
Wisconsin State Assembly 1991-2014
Wisconsin State Senate 2015-present

State Sen. Steve Nass, R-Whitewater, said Wednesday he will move to require UW get approval from the Legislature’s GOP-controlled rules committee before enacting any virus-related requirements. Nass co-chairs the committee, which he said plans to vote Tuesday to block the UW virus protocols without a public hearing.   
The pushback by one of the System’s most vocal critics comes as colleges across the country reassess their reopening plans in response to the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus.

Not only is Nass an ideological clown, he's a fucking idiot.

5/8/2021 update, "Wisconsin career politician with benefits galore wants to make life even tougher for the unemployed", starts here.

State officials suspended the rule requiring work searches last year because of the coronavirus pandemic and the unprecedented number of unemployment claims it spawned.
Since then, the economy has started to rebound and unemployment benefits have dropped dramatically. 
The rule on work searches is slated to go back into effect July 10, but Republican Sen. Steve Nass of Whitewater said Friday he is spearheading a plan to reinstate it by the end of May, about six weeks early.
It's what heartless Republicans do.

1/19/2021 update. "This covidiot clown can't change his ways", starts here.

Sounding like a broken record.  “I will be offering a joint resolution that would immediately end the new emergency declaration and any orders issued from it. Wisconsin law allows the duly elected members of the Legislature, by joint resolution, to end any emergency declaration,” Nass said.

Original 7/31/2020 post, "GET ME REWRITE:  Willfully ignorant ideologue throws hissy fit over Evers' statewide mask mandate", starts here.

Quoted in State Senator Steve Nass calls legislature to end statewide mask mandate: “Illegal and unnecessary”.  (WSAW-TV, 7/30/2020)

Most of Nass's gerrymandered district includes all of Walworth County and portions, Kenosha, Waukesha, Jefferson, and Rock counties.

All of which rank among the coutnies with the highest positive COVID-19 test rate per 100,000 people:

  • Kenosha (#4)
  • Walworth (#6)
  • Waukesha (#8)
  • Rock (#9)
  • Jefferson (#16)

In the best interests of his constituents, he more than anyone else should be promoting this mandate.