The left just can’t stop freaking out over Ron DeSantis. It doesn’t matter that his state has kept its economy going during COVID while delivering death rates in the bottom half the country. Meanwhile, places like California, New York, Michigan, Massachusetts, and other blue states have crushed their residents with oppressive lock downs while producing much worse health results.
Given that, you’d think DeSantis would receive praise, but you see, he’s a Republican, and that means he must be destroyed. Thus you get manufactured “scandal” after manufactured scandal being pushed regarding Florida. First it was lies about data manipulation, which actually did happen in New York, though you’d be hard pressed to know that if you only watched the liberal media.
Now, they are accusing DeSantis of prioritizing Republicans for the vaccine because everything is stupid. Of course, as per our usual arrangement, the real story here is much less interesting.
Take a gander at this absolute garbage.
Florida’s governor was slow to respond to the pandemic and his Covid-19 vaccine distribution plan has been marked by chaos, but critics say he’s been quick to recognize the political gold in those precious doses.
Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, ignored federal guidelines and prioritized getting senior citizens — one of Florida’s most potent voting blocs — vaccinated first.
Let’s stop there for a moment. As I explained above, Florida has some of the best economy vs. health outcomes in the nation. How exactly were they slow to respond except under the faux standard of lock downs? Further, Florida has an excellent vaccination system which is prioritizing those who are scientifically proven to be most vulnerable. In noway has it been marked by chaos. If you want to see chaos, go take a look at Andrew Cuomo’s failures trying to vaccinate his state.
When Holocaust survivors and Cuban survivors of the Bay of Pigs debacle — revered members of two other key Florida voting blocs — got their first shots, DeSantis made sure he was there for the news conferences.
And now the governor stands accused of using the Covid-19 vaccine to reward powerful political supporters and developers by setting up pop-up vaccination sites in planned communities they developed and where GOP voters predominate.
So let me get this straight. DeSantis “stands accused” of giving vaccines to seniors that need it in counties that are willing to organize pop up sites? That’s the big scandal here?
But what about this connection to “political supporters” they are alleging? That’s not actually a thing if you dig past the headline. All the press are doing here is noting that some of communities previously developed by political supporters have vaccine distribution points, as if DeSantis was supposed to skip those areas and let seniors die. Further, the idea that he’s vaccinating mostly Republican voting blocs is easily explained by the fact that most seniors in Florida are Republicans, whether they are white, Cuban, or otherwise. Again, is he supposed to let them die so left-wingers feel better about themselves?
In short, there is no evidence of absolutely any wrongdoing or political bias here on DeSantis’ part. What he’s actually doing is getting shots in the arms of the most vulnerable as quickly as he can because that’s exactly what every governor should be doing. That means ignoring the politics of places like Manatee County and continuing to distribute the vaccine in planned communities and other places where seniors congregate. There’s nothing wrong with that. To do anything else would border on criminal.
The dishonesty shown by this stupid accusation is easily explained, though. For starters, these people absolutely hate that DeSantis embarrassed the CDC and showed their guidelines were not the best path forward. The left demand obedience to the federal government, and anyone who bucks that ends up in their crosshairs. Thus you get hysterical opposition to a governor who has done one of the objectively best jobs in the nation leading his state through the pandemic when all factors are taken into account.
In the end, though, it really comes down to DeSantis being the biggest threat to Democrats going in 2024. Because of his wide appeal that encompasses everyone from hardcore Trump voters to moderate suburbanites, he’s uniquely positioned to carry the party forward. The left know that so they want to go ahead and destroy him now. Fortunately, they can’t. They are only making him stronger.