***Editor’s note: Krusty does not write seeking anyone’s approval. Some language is intended for mature audiences. Krusty’s views are Krusty’s own.***
In the next six to 12 months one of two things needs to happen: a) Kim Reynolds announces her retirement, opening the door for her successor; or b) several conservatives with much stronger spines announce they will primary the governor in June 2022.
Option C is you get a Democrat governor in January of 2023.
The governor’s decision yesterday to cave in to the libtards regarding the coronavirus is going to be her undoing. Don’t believe me? Let’s look at this logically from the either-or perspectives:
- Democrats have been arguing for months that her policies were ineffective at controlling a pandemic, as if that was even possible. They even went to the extent – with the help of the eagerly compliant media – as to paint “blood on her hands” for those who were said to have died from the disease (even when many of them actually didn’t). This order will not change libtards’ minds.
- Republicans have largely insisted on having the freedom to choose for themselves how to respond to the coronavirus. This very “small l” libertarian approach would allow businesses to decide how to best provide a safe environment for their customers, and those customers could choose where they want to go based on their particular opinions about the wearing of masks. This order is as close to a statewide mask mandate as one can get without ordering everyone to mask up and it will change Republicans’ minds about the governor’s response.
Throwing your base under the bus in the wake of a highly contentious general election to seemingly placate your opponents’ irrational howling is just about the stupidest thing you could do if you only won re-election with 50.3 percent of the vote two years ago. Not quite OWI Second Offense stupid, but very close, for sure.
If the coronavirus continues to be an issue – and there’s no evidence right now that it won’t be – and the “GOP trifecta” in Des Moines fails to produce any tangible improvements in the lives of Iowans, Reynolds will get most of the blame, whether it’s deserved or not. The libtard media will be sure of that.
And before you even ask, “Well, what is she supposed to do?” My answer is simple: look to South Dakota. Depending on who you ask, COVID-19 is either wreaking havoc or having only a negligible effect on the state, but everyone has his or her God-given freedom and liberty left intact.
Kristi Noem will get re-elected in a landslide in 2022, and is already a frontrunner for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, almost entirely on the basis of her response to the coronavirus pandemic. Her popularity is also in large part due to her refusal to allow herself to be defined by the libtard media.
Basically, everything Kim Reynolds has seemingly been incapable of doing here in Iowa.
First off, the whole notion that Reynolds, or any governor for that matter, can stop the spread of a global pandemic is preposterous. For those of you in the People’s Republic of Johnson County, that means it’s stupid to think that way.
A virus doesn’t know where human boundaries lie. It doesn’t know whether this air molecule is being breathed by a Trump rally supporter or a libtard “peaceful protester.” It has only one purpose, to latch onto a specific cell in the human body and immediately replicate, thereby causing its spread.
“Flattening the Curve” was never meant to reduce the number of people who get the disease. It only spread that volume out over a longer timeframe to keep the healthcare system from being overwhelmed with the secondary hope that it could buy time to find a vaccine, cure, or therapeutic cure. That we’re still seeing rising case counts now should be of no surprise to anyone – and any epidemiologist who is telling you the truth would say so.
At this point, the best way through the COVID-19 scare is to just plow through it without any restrictions. Gaining herd immunity, if it’s even possible – keep in mind the common cold is another type of coronavirus – will be messy, but would be far less detrimental in the long term. But, it would likely all be over in as little as 30 days.
As has been pointed out repeatedly over the past nine months, there is no pandemic exemption to the U.S. Constitution, and as a result there likewise isn’t one in the Iowa Constitution, either. So, as well-intentioned as any executive order might be, at the end of the day it only serves to violate our God-given rights to create the illusion of safety. We can do better, and we must.
But Kim Reynolds has proven herself unprepared to meet the moment, and Iowa is now paying the price. Whether that trickles down to GOP legislative seats in the 2022 election is still very much a question mark – but one that can be quickly resolved if Republicans grow a collective backbone and put the governor back in her own political lane.
In the meantime, I’m just here to pop the corn. The world’s already burning.