Seems like we have traversed at warp speed to a new even weirder and more frightening world then the one we were living in about two weeks ago. Then my big question was: Would Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders come together to unite the Democratic party for the presidential run? Now, at the moment at least, both seem irrelevant. They are barely seen or heard from.
That’s what happens I guess when a pandemic spreads at a geometric pace creating a new world of problems. The new drama entangles the ever present mercurial Trump in a curious dance with New York’s governor Andrew Cuomo, who has become the star of the Democratic party through his impressive marshaling of resources to fight the carona virus in New York city and state.
New York has about 40% of the 166,000 carona cases in the land. And the numbers continue to rise rapidly, which is why it is often called the epicenter of this invisible war. However, Cuomo’s government has at least slowed down the rate of increase from doubling every two days to doubling every five or six. Still, a losing fight at the moment, but he’s the kind of guy who gives one confidence he has a plan to win over time.
Cuomo’s plan is to slow down the virus’ growth enough in New York to flatten the curve of its progression so that our health care workers can regroup and continue the fight as the fury crosses our country.
Trump has never had a plan. He’s relied on his feelings, like when he said he had a “feeling” that the nation could get back to business by Easter Sunday. He abandoned that feeling, but his lack of a plan (and awareness) screams such as Trump’s handling a conference call yesterday with the nation’s governors. When Colorado’s Steve Bullock asserted that he had only a day’s left of testing supplies, Trump acted surprised. “We’ve tested more now than any nation in the world…..I haven’t heard about testing being a problem.” (read more here).
Is Trump the only human in America who hasn’t heard day after day a lack of testing is a problem? A big problem. And does he understand the meaning of per capita? He brags that we have tested more people than South Korea? Well, true but we have six times the population of South Korea. In a March 9 survey of cases worldwide when it comes to tests per million people, Korea ranks second and the U. S. ranks 15th (read more here). ……Little Bahrain was first.
I spoke of Trump and Cuomo being entangled in a curious dance. Cuomo needs Trump’s help as do all of the governors, so he watches his words and tempers his criticism most of the time. And praises when he can.
Much of Cuomo’s criticism comes from comparison. Cuomo has a news conference usually around 11:00 a.m. EDT, while Trump has one later in the day. Check them both out or just google Cuomo and Trump for lots more details.
You watch the two perform and decide who is more presidential.