I was sitting in my recliner yesterday with my head back. I wasn’t tired, although I was lazing off the last of the drugs from my cataract surgery, and it hurt to blink my right eye too much. So I listened to Rachel’s A Block in comfort.
Rachel was talking about all of the cataclysmic events that had happened during her absence. The country also passed a major milestone, although a month later than President Biden would have liked. 70% of all adults have now received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 40% are now fully vaccinated. This is impressive, but at the same time, we are being reminded of what can be. Led by GOP controlled southern states, Covid is on the rise in all 50 states, and we are back over 100,000 new cases a day. And president Biden’s popularity is suffering a hit. While still positive, it has dropped by 10 points in the last 2 months.
With those last words, my stomach turned to ice. The first thought that went through my mind was Fuck me! The GOP is doing it on purpose! They’ll sacrifice them all, including the children.
In one moment, it all made complete sense. Because nothing else does. Trump and the GOP have spent more than 2 years trying to take the shine off of Biden, but nothing has worked. Everything from Sleepy Joe to a criminal son. But after taking the victory laps from the Covid successes, his popularity is suffering from the setback.
Likewise, the actions of GOP Governors like Pissantis of Florida, and Abbott of Texas are senseless and dangerous. Both have signed orders banning mask mandates requirements for schools, and fining administrators for defying them. Pissantis went so far as to bar contact tracing at schools where cases are reported, and even informing parents that there is an outbreak at the school. Sane parents are already revolting, and the media is warning how disastrous this could be for the GOP once school starts, especially with childhood Covid cases already on the rise.
But not if someone else is being blamed! Right now Biden’s Covid approval number is dropping, and that’s all the GOP cares about. From late April through early June, as Biden’s popularity soared, analysts started talking about it starting to become more likely that the Democrats could not only hold the House and Senate, but improve their majorities. Biden’s sinking poll numbers on Covid are a life raft to the drowning GOP, and if sickening their own constituents is what it takes to bring Biden down, then so be it.
How do you get a small child away from his mother in a crowded store? Make a game of it. And Trump, the GOP, and the far right media have done nothing but make a game of Covid from the start. They ridiculed the danger, they made infantile jokes about it, as well as people who took it seriously, and made everything into an issue of personal freedom, as well as culture wars. This also explains why FUX News and the far right have been so feral lately, they need to stoke GOP resistance in order to keep the numbers up.
Here’s why I’m sure I’m right. Because not everybody is playing along, only Trombie Governors in safe states. Hogan of Maryland and DeWine of Ohio are fighting the virus tooth and nail. Governor Kay Ivey of Alabama is seriously pissed that her citizens won’t wake up and smell the coffee, and Arkansas’ Asa Hutchinson now publicly and sincerely regrets signing the school mask mandate ban a few months ago. There are sane GOP Governors out there.
Get this straight. The GOP doesn’t care about optics. They don’t care about your opinion, my opinion, or the media’s opinion. We’re not going to vote for them anyway. If the Covid culture war keeps GOP voters motivated and ready to turn out, and shaves a few points of independent and soft voters from showing up to vote for Biden, then that’s all they care about. Familiarity breeds contempt. And at this point, the GOP is so familiar with their base that their contempt knows no bounds.
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