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DeSantis Shows NY a Thing or Two on COVID Response

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks during a press conference about the opening of a COVID-19 vaccination site at the Hard Rock Stadium on Jan. 6, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

By Wednesday, 06 January 2021 11:50 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was in ''beast mode'' this week when he humiliated a CNN reporter who tried — and failed — to dunk on him over his state's distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines.

And the following day a Newsmax White House correspondent completed the process that DeSantis began.

Democrats and media have criticized the Trump administration's rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines, especially to the people who most need it: front line workers, the elderly, and those with underlying health issues.

But they're being distributed to the states as fast as they're produced, so the focus should be on state and local officials — not the Trump administration.

On Monday evening, CNN reporter Rosa Flores attempted to humiliate DeSantis by pointing out that long lines of elderly residents have camped out overnight at some hospitals in order to be first in line.

CNN's Flores, it should be noted, is to DeSantis what CNN's Jim Acosta is to President Trump. She's dramatic, and not so much interested in getting information as she is in making herself the center of attention.

''Governor, what has gone wrong with the rollout of the vaccine that we've seen phone lines jammed, web sites crash?'' she asked at the Miami news conference.

''There's a lot of demand,'' he answered. ''At the end of the day, … ''Excuse me. Excuse me,'' he shot back, when she interrupted him with the claim she hadn't finished asking her question. ''You just said what's gone wrong. So, I'm answering the question.''

As Flores continued, the governor added, ''So, are you going to give a speech or are you going to ask a question?''

Eventually it came out that there were long lines of people waiting to receive the vaccine, but that Flores didn't bother to investigate as to the cause.

So — Gov. DeSantis did it for her:

''Because we distributed the vaccine to hospitals and the hospitals said 'first-come, first-serve' and if you show up, we'll do it. So, they didn't use a registration system, there wasn't anything that was done and there's a lot of demand for it. So, people are going to want to go ahead and get it,'' DeSantis answered.

When she suggested that his administration didn't have a plan to avoid long lines and wait periods, he explained that ''the state is not dictating to hospitals'' how to distribute the vaccine. ''That would be a total disaster.''

Referring to the hospital executives gathered around him, he added, ''These guys are much more competent to deliver healthcare services than a state government could ever be.''

As Twitchy editor Brad Slager remarked, ''Ron DeSantis needs to fill out adoption papers after he ends up owning a CNN reporter at his press conference.''

But the capper came Tuesday, when Newsmax TV White House correspondent Emerald Robinson was reporting outside the executive mansion on an unrelated story.

As she was speaking, workers could be seen in the background hauling a stack of plywood used to protect the grounds during outdoor events.

But at least one person thought it was a coffin.

With that, Robinson gave the joke of the day and added another nail to CNN's coffin.

''Today's joke,'' she tweeted: ''I'm told the object seen behind me is where they're putting the CNN reporter who Gov. DeSantis humiliated recently.''

Also this week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo illustrated the gridlock that results when a central government tries to micromanage something beyond its expertise.

Cuomo issued an executive order that spelled out who may and may not be vaccinated, and promised to fine physicians who disregard his order up to $1 million.

But all that order did was to create confusion, and hesitation, out of fear of a huge fine.

As one person observed, ''If you wanted to make sure that rapidly expiring vaccines distributed in 10-dose vials end up in the trash, this is how you'd do it.''

The New York Times reported that ''on Monday, [New York City] Mayor Bill de Blasio called on the Cuomo administration to allow the inoculation of a broader array of essential workers and New Yorkers who are 75 and older.''

So … what does Cuomo have against old people?

Recognizing the city's slow rollout, the city council scheduled a hearing to get to the cause — for next week. No hurry.

''New Yorkers are rightly concerned about the slow pace of the vaccine rollout so far,'' said Corey Johnson, New York City Council speaker. ''We will hold an oversight hearing on Tuesday, January 12 to determine if the city is doing everything in its power to safely and efficiently vaccinate New Yorkers as quickly as possible.''

As Erielle Davidson, senior policy analyst at the Jewish Institute for National Security of America observed, ''Nothing like government moving at the speed of smell.''

She recapped, '''We have an emergency,''' so '''Schedule a hearing next week.'''

Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. Read Dorstewitz's Reports — More Here.

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