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Opinion: Blue states are blowing the Covid-19 response, too. We need a national response

November 19, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Republican state and local leaders certainly deserve the bulk of the criticism on failed responses to the Covid-19 pandemic as deaths rise and cases mount, says Jill Filipovic, but that doesn't leave more liberal politicians blameless -- which certainly speaks to the inanity of deferring to the states to respond to a virus that doesn't recognize state borders.

Take New York, a state run by a governor who wrote a book touting his leadership during the pandemic, and New York City, run by a mayor who was elected on the strength of the city's hopeful progressives.

New York City, the nation's largest city and a major international hub, was hit hardest by the first wave of the virus; and despite being lauded (and lauding himself) as a Covid-19 hero, Gov. Andrew Cuomo made some significant and deadly mistakes early in the pandemic.

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio, for example, just made the decision to close the city's public schools, based on a fairly arbitrary marker of a three percent positivity rate, despite the evidence that the worst-case fears of school re-openings -- that schools would be major transmission sites -- proved unfounded, that restaurants, gyms and bars were allowed to remain open and that school closures have been pushing women out of the workforce across the country.

California, for example, has admirably put tough Covid-19 protocols in place to prevent the disease's spread, but state leaders personally flout them: Newsom recently dined with a mask-less group at the pricey French Laundry in Napa; Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi got her hair done in a salon and then organized an indoor dinner for newly-elected members of Congress (she canceled after public outrage).

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