On the Road Again? or, Dog Bites Man, Dog Bites Man Again, Man Bites Dog, and There is Hell to Pay

A couple of months ago, some ad agencies decided that what the country needed was a lot of chirpy commercials about reopening. Not happening.

Washington Post, One question still dogs Trump: Why not try harder to solve the coronavirus crisis?

[B]oth allies and opponents agree he has failed at the one task that could help him achieve all of his goals — confronting the pandemic with a clear strategy and consistent leadership.

Trump’s shortcomings have perplexed even some of his most loyal allies, who increasingly have wondered why the president has not at least pantomimed a sense of command over the crisis or conveyed compassion for the millions of Americans impacted by it.

People close to Trump, many speaking anonymously to share candid discussions and impressions, say the president’s inability to wholly address the crisis is due to his almost pathological unwillingness to admit error; a positive feedback loop of overly rosy assessments and data from advisers and Fox News; and a penchant for magical thinking that prevented him from fully engaging with the pandemic.

Greg Sargent, How Fox News may be destroying Trump’s reelection hopes

Associated Press, AP-NORC poll: Us course at record low, Trump sinks on virus

Dog Bites Man

Trump is a nutjob.

Dog Bites Man Again

Trump’s approval on handlng the pandemic is sinking like a stone.

Man Bites Dog

Thirty-two percent of our fellow Americans are still living in a dream world of denial. and whackadoodle conspiracy theories. They aren’t wearing masks and they aren’t taking other precautions.

These folks are, of course, unevenly distributed around the landscape. In the South, there are vast hordes of them.

I Gaze Into My Crystal Ball and See Hell

Until somebody whom they trust takes these people, shakes them by the throat, and tells them to stop acting like idiots, they are going to keep on acting like idiots and the virus is gong to keep on spreading out of control.

A Swing and a Miss

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David Atkins thinks he knows why Trump is so bad at dealing with the pandemic: Trump Has No Fixer To Make COVID-19 Go Away: He’s used to simply hiring people who make his problems disappear. That won’t work with a global pandemic.

At the beginning of the piece, Atkins quotes Trump as saying, “I feel about vaccines like I feel about tests. This is going to go away without a vaccine, it’s gonna go away, and we’re not going to see it again, hopefully.”

Atkins attributes this piece of nonsense to Trump’s history as an entitled rich guy who could buy his way out of any problem.

Nice try, but A SWING AND A MISS.

Evil entitled rich guys are not necessarily delusional.

The statement should be accepted as an accurate self-report of Trump’s state of mind.

It’s hard to accept that the guy flying your Malaysian Airlines flight to Beijing is under the delusion that he has to fly southwest from Kuala Lumpur to get there. Accepting that the pilot suffers from that delusion and is acting upon it portends that the outcome will not be good. So, naturally, you find it hard to accept.

But things are what things are.

From Leprosy Caravans to Anti-Medicine Performative Protests

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You will remember how Trump spent the last month or two of the 2018 campaign whipping up fear over fictional caravans coming from Mexico, spreading leprosy. You will remember how a whole lot of the educated Republican suburbanites, and especially those of the female persuasion, experienced a massive collective gag reflex—and came out in droves to vote Democratic.

Now he’s doing it again. But this time his bogus claims are not only nauseating, but also affirmatively dangerous to public health. They are deadly.

They are leprosy caravans on steroids. Because the leprosy caravans were fictional, and thus incapable of spreading disease. But the mass public protests Trump is encouraging are real, and are highly likely to endanger the lives of the participants and of their neighbors.

At a time when it would have been childishly easy for Orange Man to do the right thing, strut about playing the hero, and cakewalk to reelection, he has chosen to side with a relatively small minority of our population.

Among the best posts I have seen today is Charles Sykes, How Trump Turned the Pandemic Into Identity Politics: Forget the people dying. Forget the economic collapse. Trump, Republicans, and Conservatism Inc. have turned COVID-19 into just another front of the culture war. Sykes is especially good on the race-baiting aspect of this. The graphic at the top of this post is how Sykes ends his piece.

Also worthy of note: Greg Sargent, Trump’s support for right-wing protests jst got more ugly and dangerous.