Something’s Gotta Give: The Great Experiment Barrels Toward its Denoument

Spurred on by Fox News, MAGA Fanatics Gather in Public to Protest Social Distancing

Paul Waldman, Why Fox News and Republicans are promoting a social distancing backlash

But the MAGA Folk Blame Everybody but Trump for the Social Distancing

Jonathan V. Last, Why Don’t COVID-19 Truthers Blame Trump for Anything? If shutting down the country is the worst thing ever then why isn’t Trump getting shredded by the people who think it’s a gross overreaction?

And Trump’s Lickspittle-in-Chief Abjures Him not to “Reopen the Economy” Prematurely

Washington Post, Testing is key to reopening economy, Sen. Lindsey Graham says

And So, the Evil Mass Social Psychology Experiment—Testing How Far Government by Bullshit Can be Pushed as as Political Strategy—Barrels Toward its Conclusion

As we ask once again, How looooow can they go?

Trump Turns on a Dime: Massive Loss of Life Is Now a Political Problem for Orange Man Because it Threatens His Reelection

 

turn on a dime

So, last weekend Trump pivoted toward keeping us on lockdown, in order to see whether we can hold down total deaths to somewhere in the neighborhood of 200,000—and to keep new outbreaks from spreading into rural red states during the summer and fall. Multiple sources say he finally listened to the scientists because he finally grasped the political implications of ignoring them.

Trump continues to lie like a rug, but his decision to turn on a dime on the social distancing issue has left many of his cultists in a confused psychological state. For example, will Jerry Falwell, Jr., having reopened Liberty University in what has aptly been called an act of right-wing performance art, now close it again? Will the governor of Oklahoma now stop telling people to to go out to restaurants? Will the governor of Florida make sure the beaches are closed?

Who can say? But let me recommend this incisive analysis of The Coronavirus and the Conservative Mind: The pandemic has put psychological theories of politics to a very interesting test.