If the slow-on-the-uptake response to COVID-19 by the White House seems a little familiar to you, you’re definitely not imagining it. As if we’re caught in some sort of “Groundhog Day” loop in the time-space continuum, we’ve absolutely been here before. Cue “I Got You Babe” on the alarm clock.
I realize too many Americans have gnat-like attention spans and even shorter memories, so I’ll be specific. Beyond several details, the Trump presidency is looking an awful lot like the second term of the George W. Bush presidency. To his credit, Mike Pence hasn’t shot anyone in the face, but we’re seeing a traffic jam of similar events: a crisis with a growing death toll, a painfully tone-deaf, slow and inept government response, a financial meltdown and an out-of-control budget deficit. (Trump promised to eliminate the deficit.) Only now, it’s all happening at the same time.