Dumb, Dumber, and Dumbissimus

Washington Post, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, who resisted strict coronavirus measures, says he just learned it transmits asymptomatically: Health officials have been saying that for two months:

After resisting a statewide stay-at-home order for days, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) succumbed to the pressure and issued one on Wednesday. Part of the reason, he said, was that he had just learned some new information.

Kemp said he was “finding out that this virus is now transmitting before people see signs.”

“Those individuals could have been infecting people before they ever felt bad, but we didn’t know that until the last 24 hours,” he said. He added that the state’s top doctor told him that “this is a game-changer.”

It may have been a game-changer, but it was a game-changer weeks or even months ago. That’s when health officials started emphasizing that asymptomatic people are transmitting the coronavirus. The idea that Kemp didn’t know this is striking. But he’s merely the latest top politician to indicate that he’s unfamiliar with the science even as he’s making life-or-death decisions for his constituents.

Georgians, this is what you get when you reject a highly qualified black woman and pick, instead, a good old boy who is dumb as a stump. As ye sow, so shall ye reap. You have sowed the wind, and you have inherited the whirlwind.

April Fool’s Day in America

April Fool

As one might expect on such a day, things are really getting weird.

Politico’s big piece this morning is Trump’s Breakdown, wherein it is logically and lucidly explained that Old traits—bluster, defiance, implacable self-promotion—that once worked well now threaten to sink a presidency.

But fivethirtyeight.com points out that Trump’s approval continues to rise, though it’s below fifty percent overall approval—and undertakes to answer the question, What Explains The Bump In Trump’s Approval Ratings?

Apparently, the Trump daily show has found a balance of science, bullshit, and pixie dust that is appealing to about half of the population.

More fools we.