It was a busy weekend for news.
Much of the discussion centered around the growing “Covid-19” coronavirus pandemic. Trump and his allies accused the Democrats of stoking fear and panic simply for reporting the actual virus statistics here in the United States, stats that are predictably worsening. The first case has been detected in New York City, and two deaths have thus far been reported in Washington State. In fact, it looks like the virus may have spread undetected in Washington State for weeks, meaning there could be significantly more cases there–possibly spreading elsewhere–than previously assumed.
The situation in Washington State was avoidable if only our Federal response had been robust and forward thinking. But the incompetent Trump regime failed to rev up our national pandemic response two months ago when news of the virus began, and only now are they trying to get accurate testing kits made and delivered to testing centers around the country. So we still don’t really know just how much spread has happened on our soil, all thanks to the ineptitude of the Trump team. Just to give some context, as of Thursday South Korea had tested 66,652 citizens while the United States had tested only 445. We will only do better in the future without the Republicans in power.
The ultimate question now is: how quickly and fully do Americans adjust to a new normal as the virus spreads and authorities try to contain it. Will we all just decide to continue our regular lives, especially if we are relatively healthy and not in a high risk category, or will the we reduce our public exposure and contribute to a downward spiral in commerce that feeds on itself, causing decreased consumption and increased small business closures, etc? It’s too early to tell, but the financial markets were obviously spooked last week–as much with Trump’s inept and dishonest response as with the pandemic itself. Last night, however, overseas markets seemed to be rallying as European governments pledged significant resources to battle the virus and investors had more time to process the news and consider the long-term fallout.
Meanwhile, in the Democratic presidential race, Tom Steyer dropped out on Saturday night after a poor showing in South Carolina, and last night Pete Buttigieg dropped out for the same reason. Both candidates were in the crowded centrist lane and neither saw a reasonable path to victory, so it’s laudable that they pulled the plug before Super Tuesday. The race seems increasingly like a contest between Sanders and Biden, as Warren’s support fades and Klobuchar seems stuck in a rut. Bloomberg is still trying to game the system and get enough delegates to mount a credible appeal if no candidate gets a majority, but it looks more like he will simply take delegates away from Biden even though it’s Sanders that Bloomberg most dislikes. The pollsters seem believe that Sanders is the favorite going into Super Tuesday, though Biden’s SC win could provide enough momentum to keep Sanders from a big victory.
Will Joe Biden announce a VP choice ahead of Super Tuesday to keep his name at the top of the news and foster momentum? Will any other candidates drop out? The next 24 hours should be very dynamic and by Wednesday morning we could be looking at a significantly different electoral field than today.
Keep resisting Trump and keep working to “vote his ass out of office.”