Gov. Cuomo is spiking the football, dunking the basketball, and running around the football field taking his shirt off. He is spraying champagne around Albany. He has Muhammad Ali standing over the crumpled form of Sonny Liston in 1965: Boom, take that, coronavirus. Woo-hoo! Victory! Just 31,000 deaths). New York endured through the equal of 9/11 occasions 11 however… yay?
“You played politics with this virus and you also dropped,” Cuomo said in an interview Thursday, referring to Florida’s Gov. Ron DeSantis, together with whom Cuomo is engaging in a bizarre feud to rival his completely nonsensical continuing war with fellow liberal Democrat Mayor de Blasio.
“It is now incontrovertible this nation paid a horrible price,” Cuomo lasted, indicating… what? That other nations lacked the sage wisdom of Andrew Cuomo, slayer of this coronavirus? Thirty-one million New York households would prefer a word.
It rather resembles COVID-19 won. If any thing deserves to brag, it is Satan’s cupcake, together with 31,000 graves to dancing. And when DeSantis, as Cuomo asserts,”dropped,” that the scoreboard does not reflect it. Florida has a bigger population than New York state but has enrolled fewer than one third as several coronavirus cases. Florida has observed 15 COVID-19 fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants; New York, 160. With 46,000 deaths involving them, New York and its sibling New Jersey have united for more deaths than France, Spain and Italy.
Cuomo has turned into a great deal of credit in the general public for carrying the pandemic seriously and also for being calm and forthright using figures. But he still won’t acknowledge error due to his catastrophic March 25 directive, which stayed in effect before June 10, to induce nursing homes to take infected men and women, even though he keeps changing his story about who’s to blame for the death toll in these centers. Now it is all Trump’s fault; today it is the nursing-home staff.
His most recent gambit, to announce New York’s alleged success over the disorder was actually an instance of love conquering all, while resisting the actual difficulty lies in nations where there were nowhere near as many deaths as in their own, joys the press, always excited to play together with a red-states-are-evil propaganda effort. The comparative death counts tell another story.
Kyle Smith is critic-at-large for National Review, where this column has been accommodated.