Incompetent Elected Official Of The Month Who Is Exactly As Incompetent As Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, New York Mayor Bill De Blasio

I think I’ll seed this post with intermittent direct quotes from this one, about the ridiculous Governor of Georgia who told his state last week that he just learned that asymptomatic people could infect others with the Wuhan virus. Such excerpts will be identified by being set in italics, with the replacement for Kemp’s name,  “Georgia”  or other words in bold, like this one:

Mayor De Blasio should resign over this.

Yesterday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio  said he had just learned “in the last 24 hours” that the virus could infect others before people see signs.

When WNYC NPR host Brian Lehrer said that the U.S. knew “weeks and months ago that asymptomatic people can spread this disease,” the mayor contradicted him, insisting, “[O]nly in the last really 48 hours or so do [experts] feel they’ve seen evidence around the world, particularly a new study coming out of Singapore, that shows more evidence that this disease can be spread by asymptomatic people.”

I knew that asymptomatic people could spread the disease  after Dr. Fauci explained that in a press conference in late January. It was being openly discussed on television and the news in early February. When I did my last live ethics seminar on March 5…the lawyers were all discussing the fact that they couldn’t be sure if they were infected, or if I was.

And this idiot goes on the air and says;  ‘Stop the presses! I just found out that people who feel fine might still spread the virus!’

This is an unacceptable level of  inattention and incompetence, even for politics. An official like this not only cannot be trusted, but must not. His staff and advisors are similarly not safe to have involved in public policy, not just during a health emergency, but ever, not even if everyone could  safely  frolic in the sun.

Even ignoring the fact that he somehow managed to not pick up on crucial information that was available everywhere, Di Blasio really proved his stupidity by announcing his inexcusable misunderstanding on public radio. How many New Yorkers were blinded because they rolled their eyes so hard they fell out of their sockets?  What else do you want to tell us, Mr. Mayor? That we finally put a man on the moon?  That Paul isn’t really dead? That Truman beat Dewey? That Lindbergh  landed in Paris?

Well, enough déjà vu. You get the point. The news media is, justly in his case, mocking a Republican governor for his unconscionable ignorance, and here comes de Blasio, a Presidential candidate and perhaps the most arrogant socialist on the planet, displaying the same level of incompetence. No wonder he was telling New Yorkers to go to Broadway shows in March, and no wonder New York City is the epicenter of the national Wuhan virus infection.

De Blasio, predictably, has blamed his city’s problems on President Trump.

The upside for the mayor, I suppose, is that this epic fiasco takes attention away from the crime wave his non-enforcement policies and no-bail innovations have created.

New Yorkers don’t deserve to die for electing this extreme leftist demagogue twice, but it would be nice if they absorbed the appropriate lessons from the experience.

 

8 thoughts on “Incompetent Elected Official Of The Month Who Is Exactly As Incompetent As Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, New York Mayor Bill De Blasio

  1. Did you accidentally call the mayor a governor in your (deserved) snark paragraph- or was that, “governor” with a sarcastic cockney accent?

    It actually reads pretty good with the sarcastic cockney accent whether you intended it or not.

    What a dolt.

  2. In what &*%^#@! alternate universe do these people live? How can anyone, at this stage in the game, not know this?

    I work from home (have for 4 years) and, until yesterday, have not been out of the house in over a week. All the same, I have deliberately not gone to visit my 83 year old mother or my 5 mos old grandson; not because I’m experiencing symptoms but because I went to Home Depot and would never forgive myself if I exposed them to something I picked up in the paint department! Jesus, Mary, and Joseph – a 5th grader Zooming with his teacher knows that asymptomatic people can spread the Wuhan crud.

    God help us.

  3. OK, so my source here is the Ars Technica ongoing article on the coronavirus.

    On March 3rd, the WHO director general said ““However… COVID-19 does not transmit as efficiently as influenza, from the data we have so far. With influenza, people who are infected but not yet sick are major drivers of transmission, which does not appear to be the case for COVID-19.”

    If everyone else knew in January that coronavirus was contagious prior to people showing symptoms — why did WHO not know this in March?

    They’ve updated their article as of April 4th regarding the question of contagion. The upshot seems to be — we still don’t know just when a person starts being contagious, but but it’s still quite possible to be not until you start showing symptoms. But maybe not.

    Part of the problem is that no one really has a good grasp of just how many people have been infected. Is it 300k in the US? Is it 50 million, but 49 million will never know they’ve gotten the disease?

    I think people assume that the Wuhan virus is contagious before you start showing symptoms because we know that is how regular influenza spreads. But I’m not seeing definitive scientific data to back that up — or to disprove it, for that matter.

  4. For me, Kemp at least partially offset his comment by designating firearms retailers and manufacturers as “essential businesses”. Even if he had not, it would take much more to even tie DiBlasio in an incompetence contest.

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