Lion of the Blogosphere

Andrew Cuomo, great governor

Listening to his presser now, listened yesterday, he’s great. When it comes to ranking how a political leader handles a crisis, Cuomo is a perfect 10, Trump is a 1. He really seems to be getting stuff done, more testing is being done, he’s opening up drive-through testing centers like they have in South Korea, he’s working on plans to increase hospital capacity and create auxiliary hospitals. He’s even able to say positive things about Trump rather than take the opportunity to bash him even though he deserves to be bashed.

I wish the Democrats could dump Biden and Sanders, and make Cuomo the nominee.

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Mayor DeBlasio, on the other hand, is a 1, just as bad as Trump.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 17, 2020 at 10:46 AM

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  1. Cuomo is an incredibly great communicator in terms of crisis. It’s an extrovert at his best.

    I don’t understand why Trump didn’t go all alarm with this crisis and blaming globalization and China and the elites. Probably he has being brainwashed by the Mnuchin and Graham etc.

    The virus could have destroyed the economy without hitting Trump because it went into his election message …


    March 17, 2020 at 10:55 AM

    • “Probably he has being brainwashed by the Mnuchin and Graham etc.”

      Correct. He is surrounded by people who think that the top priority by far (leaving aside foreign military policy) is to never do anything that will disturb or slow down the economy.

      Blue Tribe Dissident

      March 17, 2020 at 3:45 PM

    • From a purely political angle, it’s amazing how much Trump botched this. He may still be able to recover, but he’s in the hole.

      This was actually a giant gift to him, if he only had eyes to see it. He benefited from the economy’s growth, but there was always the risk of a downturn before the election. Then the virus tanks the market, and he can plausibly wash his hands of the economic damage, blaming it on some combination of an act of God and the perfidious Chinese. He could have actually strengthened his position by showing strong leadership. This pandemic is in some ways analogous to an attack, and he could have gained bipartisan support like Bush after 9/11.

      Natural disasters can have political valences. Climate change is “left wing” in the sense that addressing it requires large-scale coordination at the international level, and a resulting reduction in the autonomy of the nation-state. But pandemics are right wing disasters. The obvious responses are straight out of Trump’s 2016 campaign: closing borders, reducing reliance on foreign (especially Chinese) manufacturing, and a quasi-fascist use of government power for populist ends.

      It’s too bad that Steve Bannon isn’t in the administration anymore- he would have seen the right political play immediately.


      March 17, 2020 at 7:19 PM

      • Trump’s gonna look like a genius and a hero when the human toll of the China virus is nowhere near what the alarmists were screaming about.

        Andrew E.

        March 17, 2020 at 8:59 PM

      • Yeah, Trump is making a mistake by not capitalizing and framing the pandemic as consistent with his maga message on immigration and foreign supplies.

        Because if he doesn’t frame it, the Left will and IS:


        March 17, 2020 at 11:17 PM

      • Yeah. This was definitely a blown opportunity. It could have ensured his reelection. But his response has probably ensured his defeat. The irony is that the response will probably be irrelevant. This virus is going to do what it does no matter what. But they could have at least impressed people with their organization and leadership. Even if it didn’t actually change anything.


        March 18, 2020 at 6:26 AM

    • Yup. For Trump get good advice what it apparently takes is that he has to be visiting Mar-a-Largo and Tucker Carlson has to happen to be at his vacation house in Florida for the weekend at the same time and decide on his own to drive over to Trump’s resort and meet with the President to explain to him the basic politics of Coronavirus. This is no way to run an Administration. Trump stacking his staff with people who not only don’t understand his agenda, but are actively opposed to it, is finally catching up to him. Maybe you can bluster your way out of this in good times, but when a true crisis hits and you actually need people on your side who know what they are doing, you are screwed.

      Hopefully this crisis triggers some sort of self reflection on Trump’s part. He needs to bring back Bannon (who seems to have overcome his drinking problem) and surround himself with people who aren’t afraid of implementing many of the short term “socialist” policies that are going to be necessary in the wake of the hit the Coronavirus is going to deliver the economy. If everyone around hims is GOPe/Wall Street types who believe in bailouts for Big Firms and “bootstraps” for the little guy, people aren’t going to care how senile Sleepy Joe may appear. Trump will get crushed.

      Despite Lion’s pessimism, it is not to late for Trump. We are many, many, many news cycles away from Election Day. All Trump’s early bungles will be long forgotten if he handles things well during the mid to end stage of the crisis. George W. overcame hiding like a woman on 9/11 for crying out loud! But for Trump to bounce back, he needs to understand the fundamental problem.


      March 18, 2020 at 5:49 AM

      • MEH 0910

        March 18, 2020 at 10:16 AM

      • Carlson needs to run for president.


        March 19, 2020 at 8:46 AM

  2. I think this is a fair assessment, and similarly, my state’s Trump-loving governor has actually done a good job handling this, taking it seriously, and being proactive. Trump’s moves have been mostly reactionary, and running the this shit-show like a public relations crisis response designed foremost to save his presidency. Self-graded 10 out of 10? He couldn’t even be a little normal and grade himself a 9, given that it is an unprecedented situation? He’s just reflexively defensive, self congratulatory, and pathetic. A president Romney wouldn’t be screwing up this bad.


    March 17, 2020 at 10:56 AM

  3. This said, you are an anti-Trumper, as you don’t even mention the 850 bn stimulus plan, and the quality of the team Trump has assembled.


    March 17, 2020 at 10:57 AM

    • “850 bn stimulus plan”

      You say that like it’s a good thing.

      Alexander Turok

      March 17, 2020 at 6:53 PM

      • Apparently it’s a bad thing if Trump proposes it, right?

        If a cuck like Bernie proposed it you’d be slobbering.


        March 17, 2020 at 7:25 PM

      • Hey redarmyvodka, did you support the Iraq War? Do you still support it now? Or were you too young at the time to have an opinion?

        I think you would have fallen for it, hook line and sinker. Because there are only two options, you either support the neocons or you’re a hippie who hates America. Patrick Buchanan and Ron Paul? They’re just pretending, they’re secret hippies.

        I wonder if the same thing will happen with Trump as happened to Bush. It seemed to people at the time that Bush had an unshakable grasp on Red America, a product of a similar culture war as is occurring today, though with greater emphasis on religion. This didn’t survive the disaster of the Iraq War and the economic collapse. After he left office a lot of people on the Right starting asking, “what did we accomplish during the eight years of Bush” and slowly people got more confident in yelling “nothing!” Ron Paul ran into trouble in 2012 because he kept bashing Bush, bashing the Iraq war, when most Republicans just wanted to forget it. Professional pundits told him to stick to the economy but he refused to do so. But by 2016 Trump didn’t suffer at all from running forthrightly against Bush and his foreign policy.

        Anyway, the same thing will happen with Trump as happened to Bush? Probably not.

        Alexander Turok

        March 17, 2020 at 10:27 PM

      • Dubya was the worst president in US history and I totally opposed the Iraq war all the way back in 2003. My opposition to Dubya also began much earlier all the way back in the 2000 presidential election. I knew the country would be ruined under his watch and boy was that an understatement. Out of the last fifteen elections mostly presidential but also congressional I supported the winner twelve times. My political instincts past and present are excellent.

        Trump destroying the left, right, center, mainstream media, as well as Jeb, and by extension the Bush crime family in 2015/2016 was one of the greatest political achievements in US history. That’s why I support Trump so much now because I recognize his historical importance as well as the enormous power of the US presidency.

        I really don’t understand what you dislike about Trump. Trump is doing a great job on all fronts. If you’re happy with America going back to 1998 you’ll be happy with the Trump presidency.


        March 18, 2020 at 4:55 PM

      • “I really don’t understand what you dislike about Trump”

        1. The FDA screwed up corona testing. The person responsible should be demoted, fired if their expertise isn’t vital. And he should have apologized as the man at the top.

        2. He’s been comparing it to the flu.

        3. Now he’s proposing a bunch of corporate welfare.

        Alexander Turok

        March 18, 2020 at 11:17 PM

  4. This is Trump’s worst nightmare. He undersold the virus early on in the hopes that it wouldn’t tank Wall Street, and now the entire country is on hold. He can no longer say “Yeah, I put you through a lot with the tweets, the rants, and the impeachment, but at least the economy is great.” I think he’s only interested in the “fun” parts of the presidency (AF1, rallies, meeting dignitaries, etc.) He’s a Prez for good times only, not a crisis. He’s not the kind to buckle down, study an issue and talk about it intelligently or authoritatively like Cuomo. Yes, the CDC fucked up, but the buck stops with YOU.


    March 17, 2020 at 11:08 AM

  5. Can you offer more insight on why de Blasio is a 1? Is it his reluctance to close the public schools, or something else? Honestly curious.


    March 17, 2020 at 11:10 AM

    • MEH 0910

      March 17, 2020 at 5:13 PM

  6. Andrew E.

    March 17, 2020 at 11:26 AM

    • Seconded.


      March 17, 2020 at 2:55 PM

    • Who said 500K to 900K Americans is a “best-case scenario?”

      Alexander Turok

      March 17, 2020 at 6:55 PM

      • Fakenews. Who else?

        Andrew E.

        March 17, 2020 at 7:18 PM

      • @Andrew E.,

        Who else? I was talking to a not-very-intelligent acquaintance and he’s saying “well how can you trust the media, they lied about X and Y and Z.” He knew I’m a right-wing populist, former Trump supporter, but he still seemed to think I was getting my information from the NYT, because in his mind the only alternatives are to be (mis)-informed by the media and to be not informed at all. He seemed honestly surprised when I cited another source. You at least know that this blog exists, but you seem to have the same mentality nonetheless.

        Alexander Turok

        March 17, 2020 at 10:32 PM

  7. I think the lesson of the pandemic, and recent American politics in general, is that we need more real federalism. More power to the states and a much reduced federal government. The US is just far to big to run efficiently. Let liberals run New York and conservatives run Georgia. I would even be in favor of letting states control their own immigration policies – to the extent that doesn’t contravene the Constitution.

    Peter Akuleyev

    March 17, 2020 at 11:33 AM

  8. If you want to find the opposites of Cuomo, look at DeSantis in Florida and Northam in Viginia. Both are looking for excuses to keep things open.

    I just watched Northam’s press conference> His excuse for keeping restaurants and bars open is that is where 45% of the state gets their meals. Northam is willing to kill people because idiots do not want to cook or operate a microwave.

    Desantis does not want to start any limits because too many places in Florida are still making money off of spring breakers (who are also idiots) or too many people will not comply.

    It is amazing to see the governors who are still stuck in 2019 versus the governor who realize the world has changed.


    March 17, 2020 at 11:37 AM

    • Oh, you mean DeSantis is hesitant to destroy a huge part of Florida’s economy (tourism) because it will put countless people w/ no savings out of work?

      Yeah, really. What is going on w/ that guy? It’s the Current Year for God’s sake!


      March 19, 2020 at 8:53 AM

  9. Lion, I am envious of the leadership shown in New York. I am in Florida, only 20 minutes away from Clearwater Beach. Our local (Republican) officials refuse to close anything, saying they will do so only if ordered by the state. Once again, we are the laughingstock of the nation as the WSJ and Drudge run headlines about Spring Break marching on, showing photos of hundreds of sluts on Clearwater Beach. The Republican governor has shown zero leadership, saying the local governments need to make decisions regarding closures. So it’s Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumb, each pointing at the other. Our governor looks totally out of his league at pressers, with an “oh shit” look on his face. The only leadership in the state is being shown by local Democrat authorities in South Florida, who have placed some curfews on some beaches and bars/nightclubs (without necessarily closing them down).

    This state is literally dogs playing poker… morons dressed up in suits pretending they know what they’re doing.

    By the way, your stock advice was spot on. I just wished I had listened to your advice.


    March 17, 2020 at 11:58 AM

    • The weather will be warming up soon and the virus will disappear. Your Florida governor cares about the economy, tourism, and money more than the latest media hyped hoax. These Democrat governors have no problem shutting down business because they already hate business. If they weren’t pro-open borders, pro-criminal, pro-homeless, and pro-disease/degenerate there would be no need to shut everything down anyway.


      March 17, 2020 at 7:36 PM

  10. “I wish the Democrats could dump Biden and Sanders, and make Cuomo the nominee”

    Sorry to disappoint, but your party is stuck with the old windbag Biden. But not to worry, Stacey Abrams will be the grown up in the room, you know for the important stuff.


    March 17, 2020 at 12:14 PM

  11. Agreed that Trump isn’t handling this well, but if he gets reelected at this point it will put genuine fear of global catastrophe into the hearts SJWs. That, on top of the pain they’ll feel over their concerns about racism and misogyny, will cause enormous psychological suffering. It could be worse than 2016.

    The culture war must go on. Let’s hope not too many people die and that the economy largely recovers by the end of the year.

    Philadelphia has ordered all non-essential businesses to close until March 27th. As far as I can tell, the city has completely ignored this order. Nail salons, mattress stores, and barber shops are open. Traffic is just as heavy as usual and people are everywhere. It’s raining, too.

    I was in the main part of the city yesterday and finding parking was just as hard as usual. Streets were packed with people, many of them old. A liquor store was limiting the number of customers who could enter at one time and there were maybe 100 people on the street in a tightly packed group waiting to go inside. Although I’m not particularly concerned personally about COVID-19, I have been minimizing my interactions with people as much as possible. I would have canceled the appointment I had yesterday if I’d known it was going to be like that.

    Horace Pinker

    March 17, 2020 at 12:14 PM

    • Trump is losing the Culture war. I mean it was lost well before Trump took office but he has managed to make no progress on gay marriage, trans people are somehow mainstream now, and even a fairly accurate and descriptive term such as “Chinese Flu”’is regarded as racist by many Republicans! Somehow we are supposed to take consolation in all the “right wing” judges McConnell has been getting appointed. They will be reliably anti-abortion, and will fail, and will surely defend large corporations’ right to pollute and collude, protect politicians from accountability and defend police officers brutalizing citizens but is that really a victory over SWPLs?

      On immigration Trump seems to be winning battles rather than wars. The good news is that C-19 has done more to shut down globalization than any wall. For the first time in decades we will see no immigration over the next few months. Maybe this will stick. Would be ironic if Trump’s greatest failure produces the result his voters wanted but that is part of his weird Mr Magoo talents.

      Peter Akuleyev

      March 17, 2020 at 4:50 PM

      • Up until maybe two years ago I was mostly sympathetic to the LGBT community. I no longer am. They’ve become completely subsumed by anti-white, anti-male identity politics, which Trump’s presidency has greatly accelerated.

        All of this crap is increasingly being rejected by normies, even if they keep their mouths shut out of fear of losing their jobs. The cultural dominance of deeply unpopular, insufferable woke white people (mostly women) in academia and legacy media is starting to eat itself. See the way Elizabeth Warren groveled and apologized when black women who were working for her in Nevada quit over vague accusations of not being valued enough.

        These woke white women remind me of Marcia Clark during jury selection at the OJ Simpson trial. She thought black women would side with Nicole instead of OJ. They seem to genuinely believe that middle-class white women have legitimate collective grievances outside of sexual/workplace harassment . . . that they’re more or less honorary POC. They’re quickly learning that they’re not. Sooner rather than later, only true believers will be left, and they’ll skew fat, ugly, and personality disordered.

        How much damage they can do through their institutional dominance is an open question. Things could easily get worse, but I’ve resigned myself to being a citizen in an empire that’s slowly declining for a while now. You know, the “poolside” thing. And right now I just want AWFLs to experience severe psychological pain. Trump’s reelection would help.

        Horace Pinker

        March 17, 2020 at 7:34 PM

      • “They’ve become completely subsumed by anti-white, anti-male identity politics”

        This is why they were pushed to create a separate identity. It is minorityism or ant-majoritarianism if you will. It allows cultural and national outsiders to control the Empire. Which is what’s been happening since the end of WWII. None of this was organic.


        March 18, 2020 at 12:07 AM

      • “he has managed to make no progress on gay marriage, trans people are somehow mainstream now”

        SCOTUS ruled on SSM. That’s not going to be overturned any more than Roe v Wade is going to be overturned. The issue is settled. You don’t have to change your opinions because of it. I certainly haven’t. But making an issue of it at this point is self-destructive.

        SSM had become a cause célèbre used to radicalize and rally not only homos but the left as a whole as well as attract a lot of moderates and independents. Never mind that it was always a fake issue. Idiots still saw it as a real issue and it was hurting us politically. I opposed the SCOTUS ruling on Obergefell v. Hodges because I didn’t think it was the government’s business. Regardless, it was the best thing that could have happened to us because it popped their balloon and took away one of their biggest issues.

        Yes, you see a lot of homos and trannies on TV now. But there were plenty of homos and trannies on TV before the SC decision. And I think it’s a fad that will fade with time. The simple fact is that without continuous propaganda most people will see homosexuality as abnormal and trannies as mentally ill. Most people do regardless of what they say publicly. And people will get tired of seeing it pushed in their faces all the time. So I think time works in our favor. What’s more, with SSM settled the left moved even further left with trannies which are controversial and divisive even among homos and feminists. That changed the dynamic from something that was a problem for us to something that is a problem for them. And I call that a “win”.


        March 18, 2020 at 7:51 AM

      • Curle — You’re right. The strategy is to continually radicalize segments of the population through fabricated grievances and then leverage them to maintain power. That’s why you only see this nonsense in “democratic” countries.


        March 18, 2020 at 10:54 AM

  12. Headlines you were sure you’d never see:

    “Arabs and Israelis agree on plan for permanent peace”

    “Donald Trump divorces Melania to marry Nancy Pelosi”

    “Lion gives credit to a guido, wishing him the US presidency”

    Maryk (the g-loaded guidette)

    March 17, 2020 at 12:49 PM

  13. “(Cuomo) seems to be getting stuff done, more testing is being done, he’s opening up drive-through testing centers like they have in South Korea, he’s working on plans to increase hospital capacity and create auxiliary hospitals”

    Cuomo (as opposed to Trump) is doing these things because the bulk of Emergency preparedness is a local responsibility. I’m not sure why its praiseworthy.


    March 17, 2020 at 12:54 PM

    • Exactly. This idea that the Federal Government should be bailing everyone out and handling everything, shows just how statist most people have become. More nanny state, no resilience whatsoever. It is so much worse than when Katrina hit, the difference in reactions is highly noticeable.

      The US is doomed as there are no cultural conservatives left to restore to power through Trumpist rhetoric and tactics.

      Paul Ryan's Sickly Old Lap Dog

      March 17, 2020 at 4:12 PM

      • “The US is doomed as there are no cultural conservatives left to restore to power through Trumpist rhetoric and tactics.”

        You know Trump is out there demanding a bailout, right?

        Alexander Turok

        March 17, 2020 at 6:57 PM

      • You know Trump is out there demanding a bailout, right?

        A bailout of industries ruined by the government succumbing to China virus alarmism. Not the same as a moral hazard.

        Andrew E.

        March 17, 2020 at 8:57 PM

  14. I assume when the Lion receives his kungflu bonus in the mail from Uncle Samantha, he will throw it in the recycle bin.

    Kinda seems like a test run for UBI.

    We ❤ you corona-chan!


    March 17, 2020 at 1:42 PM

    • “I assume when the Lion receives his kungflu bonus in the mail from Uncle Samantha, he will throw it in the recycle bin.”

      I can’t tell if this is supporting the bailout or opposing it.

      Alexander Turok

      March 17, 2020 at 6:58 PM

  15. In the first 10 minutes…you could feel the next President was talking.

    The Biden Bernie split is the perfect excuse/chance to broker convention and then draft Cuomo.

    Game Set Match


    March 17, 2020 at 1:42 PM

  16. Did you watch Trump’s latest coronavirus address?


    March 17, 2020 at 1:44 PM

    • Once he started bragging about how great a job he did and how awesome it was that he shut off travel with China, I got disgusted by it and turned it off.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      March 17, 2020 at 2:40 PM

      • Even liberal New York Times journalists on Twitter said it was good.


        March 17, 2020 at 2:50 PM

      • I agree that this is NOT the time to be bragging. Which is why it’s so repugnant when you make those “I was right!” posts.


        March 17, 2020 at 4:46 PM

      • I’m not a political leader, I’m a blogger.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 17, 2020 at 6:31 PM

      • But Trump is enacting a temporary national UBI, something you’ve wanted since forever. In fact it is the smartest enactment of UBI ever seen because this Democratic-created recession will cause mass unemployment and so the TUBI (Trump UBI) will replace rather than add to people’s incomes, thus preventing rampant inflation.

        Sending Americans a thousand bucks every couple weeks is the simplest way Trump can fight Democratic governors intentionally ruining their state economies. Interfering with contractual obligations like leases and mortgages is far too complicated and vulnerable to legal challenges. But no filthy GloboHomo judges can stop Trump from paying Americans to exist.

        Print baby print!


        March 17, 2020 at 6:24 PM

      • @NWS4EVR, As far as I know Trump hasn’t proposed any kind of universal program, he just wants a payroll tax cut and more welfare for his CEO buddies.*

        *Or people he thinks of as his buddies, I’m sure they’re laughing at him behind his back.

        Alexander Turok

        March 17, 2020 at 7:18 PM

      • “As far as I know Trump hasn’t proposed any kind of universal program, he just wants a payroll tax cut”

        Old news, you’re not keeping up. Mnuchin is talking about a $1000+ check in the mail.


        March 17, 2020 at 7:55 PM

      • He clearly thought that we only had to stem traffic from Asian countries, forgetting that infected people had traveled from China to the Middle East and Europe … and then here.


        March 17, 2020 at 8:05 PM

      • “As far as I know Trump hasn’t proposed any kind of universal program, he just wants a payroll tax cut and more welfare for his CEO buddies.”

        Wrong. CNN’s Manu Raju tweeted on Tuesday “White House, Mnuchin now discussing stimulus plan worth $1 trillion, per source familiar,” adding “Initial estimates of $850B increased after budget crunchers looked at numbers. Would include about $250B worth of checks for Americans.”

        We ❤ you corona-chan!


        March 17, 2020 at 9:10 PM

      • I stand corrected on the YangBux thing.

        Alexander Turok

        March 18, 2020 at 10:14 AM

    • Haha:


      March 17, 2020 at 6:32 PM

  17. Y’all are going to be Italy in a few days. While us in flyover country ….


    March 17, 2020 at 1:50 PM

    • Already there.

      Was in a caronavirus staff mtg this AM in one of the nation’s hardest hit areas and we were getting the ‘monitoring’ and ‘uncertainty’ conversation while higher ups were trying to decide whether to send people to work at home mode. By end of day we learned that one of our 50 year old workers was in ICU with it. No known underlying health conditions. Chew on that.

      The f-ing fables swirling around about this are astounding. I think I saw someone on this site claim it wasn’t capturing anything but 70+ year-olds. BS! Keep telling yourself this nonsense and you might win yourself a quick trip to a ventilator tent.

      Apparently public health officials are looking for school cafeterias where they can set up extra ICU tents.

      It really is time to wake up. This isn’t the flu.


      March 17, 2020 at 10:41 PM

  18. Why wasn’t he doing these things 2 months ago?


    March 17, 2020 at 1:53 PM

    • President Trump was trying to do it on the cheap because President Trump is too stupid to understand any of the briefing that he receives. Also, President Trump did not have any close advisors who had the intelligence and influence to recognize that getting out front of this would have helped his image massively instead of focusing on the stock market.

      Now the only way to help the stock market will be to get though the pandemic.

      P.S., A good tell on the stupidity of President Trump was not having a ready answer for the question about the Pandemic desk on the National Security Council. Any other politician would have had a good answer ready to go instead of just trying to wing it.


      March 17, 2020 at 5:49 PM

      • “because President Trump is too stupid to understand any of the briefing that he receives.”

        The last thing you should ever assume about any bureaucracy, especially a public health bureaucracy in the US, is that staff will ever deliver unwanted news if they can possibly avoid it. I guarantee you he received several briefings on how they are ‘monitoring’ the situation. ‘Monitor’ is bureaucrat speak for “we think we’re fucked but don’t want to say so.”


        March 17, 2020 at 11:00 PM

  19. Cuomo is an extreme guido. Maybe even more than Scaramucci who was over the top. They look like in movies (Al Pacino etc)


    March 17, 2020 at 2:59 PM

  20. When he said it would be hard not to kiss his daughter and spoke about his mother not listening to him because she obviously is a strong stubborn woman, I thought about the character justifying he goes to prostitutes because he doesn’t want the mouth who kiss his children to his

    The show of Trump is nothing compared to what Cuomo would put on WH


    March 17, 2020 at 3:04 PM

  21. Young NAMs need to be monitored constantly. They will often choose to behave in destructive ways if left alone to their own devices. Crime will probably rise in NYC while school is out.

    It's always sunny in namville

    March 17, 2020 at 5:21 PM

    • JS, you know your writing style is distinctive don’t you?


      March 17, 2020 at 10:46 PM

    • This coronvirus lockdown keeps all the urban strivers along with the more harmful riff n raff (mostly NAMs in NYC) in seclusion.

      Sometimes I wonder if our elites are doing a social experiment on the herd and swarm types.

      Ok, what, who's this again?

      March 18, 2020 at 1:43 AM

    • Aren’t they supposed to be self isolating? That’s why school was let out. So they wouldn’t catch it and take it home to grandma.

      Likely before this is all over the NAMs will die at a higher rate from the virus , and there will be a hue and cry about racism.


      March 18, 2020 at 4:17 AM

      • “Likely before this is all over the NAMs will die at a higher rate from the virus , and there will be a hue and cry about racism”

        I made this very point about two weeks ago.


        March 18, 2020 at 7:31 PM

  22. QE starts to do its work and stock markets are recovering. The koronavirus-panic will also calm down quite quickly and investors don’t worry about it anymore.


    March 17, 2020 at 5:39 PM

  23. “I wish the Democrats could dump Biden and Sanders, and make Cuomo the nominee.”

    Another good choice would be Adam Silver, commissioner of the NBA, who had the prescience to halt the season when one of his star players tested positive for the virus. (Also he’s tall, and people like tall politicians)


    March 17, 2020 at 6:02 PM

    • A joke I heard on sports talk radio now that they have nothing to talk about is everyone should have noticed that the Ivy League tournament was the first sporting event to cancel and Harvard was one of the first five universities to close campus and send everyone home.

      Maybe more people should have paid attention to what the smart people were doing instead of to the White House.


      March 17, 2020 at 6:49 PM

  24. “Vote for Cuomo, not the homo!” Koch claimed Andrew coined that phrase as a slogan against him in some election involving Mario and Ed. “Mario and Ed,” haha, that sounds like a Norman Lear sitcom! Better if Ed was a talking animal or a muppet, though.

    Dog Reads Dave Barry Book About Dogs, Files Class Action Suit

    March 17, 2020 at 7:20 PM

  25. never thought I would see Lion supporting a Democrat.

    in other news Trump is giving a $1000 check to every adult in the country. good, right??


    March 17, 2020 at 7:48 PM

  26. No dog in the Cuomo-Trump comparo, but in S.F. this “shelter in place” thing is a joke, thank God. It seems that everyone who isn’t celebrating the opportunity to binge watch is outside walking, biking, or skateboarding. At the Presidio, which is national park property, a parking lot near the golf course has been taken over for street hockey. Rare to see a cop car anywhere. I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to play golf today, but no problem. Today Mark Steyn said something I hadn’t considered: that the S.F. order is really about poofs with decades of immunosuppression in their pasts. Obviously, if true this would apply to NYC too.


    March 17, 2020 at 7:52 PM

  27. >> I wish the Democrats could dump Biden and Sanders, and make Cuomo the nominee.

    You disappoint Lion, like you have an attention span of five minutes.

    Daniel Heneghan

    March 17, 2020 at 8:09 PM

  28. Lol Lion is gone all anti-Trump,


    March 17, 2020 at 10:24 PM

  29. Lion, remind me again why you give Trump such a low rating on his response. Do you find fault with his actions or that they were too late?


    March 17, 2020 at 11:18 PM

  30. I love this video of Trump. Trump @ CDC

    At this point I don’t care if Biden wins or Trump wins. All I wanted was Bernie to lose and looks like its going to happen. 🙂


    March 17, 2020 at 11:25 PM

  31. I’ve always said that Cuomo can wield the power of his office incredibly well. In this crisis he’s wielding it for my benefit. So I fully support his efforts for the duration of this crisis. That doesn’t mean that when the crisis is done he won’t go back to wielding that power against me.


    March 18, 2020 at 12:24 AM

  32. I’ve been following the Lion’s blog for several years and it’s obvious he hates Trump, so you have to take most of his commentary with regard to anything related to Trump, and especially the current COVID19 issue with a grain of salt.

    Here’s just one example and an alternative to the Lion’s constant BS that the Trump admin isn’t doing anything regarding the COVID19 virus. Click on the link in the first sentence for the original source.

    Of course, I will be ridiculed and attacked since any one who disagrees with his unique (read: most of the country) New York point of view is “stupid,” “uninformed,” non-IVY league educated,” etc.

    Lion, I read your blog because you are very illustrative to us non-New Yorkers. Your posts are very enlightening to us in the so-called hinterlands. We are not stupid and that is your biggest mistake.

    Prediction: Despite the COVID19 panic, Trump will win a landslide. You were wrong in 2016 and you will be wrong in 2020 because you live in a bubble.

    Legio Invictus

    March 18, 2020 at 1:00 AM

  33. Just came back from the Hudson Valley during the night and Manhattan was just as quiet as a rodent on the run. Lockdown good, it keeps NAMs and the strivers at bay.

    Ok, what, who's this again?

    March 18, 2020 at 1:35 AM

  34. If you get a Tyvek suit and a full face respirator you can wear that around the city and then decontaminate at home.

    If everybody did that, then the virus would have no place to go and it would burn itself out in a month.

    You can buy this stuff for less than $500.


    March 18, 2020 at 2:42 AM

  35. Yeah…New York…full of homeless, illegals and GRIDS…yeah…they are just the people you need to fight an epidemic.


    March 18, 2020 at 2:43 AM

  36. Lion’s truly surprised at how “articulate” Andrew Cuomo is. Doesn’t expect as much from a guido.

    Daniel Heneghan

    March 18, 2020 at 2:56 AM

  37. France have the 19th of February 17 000 kg of masks and products to fight Coronavirus to China. The ministry of health said she had told the 11 of
    January our president that it would be a tsunami.

    That’s what a Biden would have done by ideology with no criticism of the media


    March 18, 2020 at 4:59 AM

  38. Taïwan has very fews cases thanks to closing frontiers with China (like Trump) and producing and distributing millions of masks. No curfew.

    Both things were judged inefficient by WHO and relayed as such by the media … Trump missed the second part. Biden would have proposed to welcome 1 Million Chinese and send them all your ventilators !


    March 18, 2020 at 5:58 AM

    • Taiwan did testing and contact tracing. Plus social distancing. U.S. did nothing except close flights from China, and totally ignore the fact that travelers from China had already seeded the virus here before the travel restrictions, plus people would continue to bring it in from other areas of the world.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      March 18, 2020 at 7:46 AM

  39. So Cuomo wrote a letter to the NYT that hit all the right notes. Leon is very impressed with speeches, letters and crap like that. Big effing deal. I would say that Cuomo was armchair quarterbacking but that would miss what he’s really doing — covering his own backside. New York is ground zero for this thing and what did he do to stop it? Nothing. Yeah, they’re doing plenty now. But it amounts to little more than closing the stable door after the horse has bolted. Cuomo blew it. So he writes a letter to the NYT trying to save face.

    The sad truth is that everyone has blown the response to this virus. China, Iran, Italy, Europe and America. And any country that hasn’t been smacked yet will blow it, too. Even the people panicking have blown it. As I’ve repeatedly said, this is NOT the plague. It’s just a very bad flu. Sure, it kills a lot of elderly people with serious health problems. The same as the flu does every year. So they should have taken serious and immediate steps to protect vulnerable people, slow the spread and keep it from overwhelming the system (i.e. mass testing, travel bans, quarantines, curfews, etc.) They could still do all those things. And they’re starting to. But it still looks like too little too late to me.
    Here are a couple of ideas. Separate the virus testing and virus hospitals from the regular hospitals. Also, have nursing home staff move into the nursing homes and place them under complete lock down for the next few weeks. Naah. They can’t do either of those. It would make too much sense.


    March 18, 2020 at 6:39 AM

  40. The only thing that will probably matter is that when Trump closed the border, Biden was against it. There is video proving this, and it will be replayed endlessly during the election.

    As for drive-thru testing, won’t people just abuse it? How many are going to get tested for no reason? How much is this going to cost? How many test-kits are being diverted towards random drive-up citizens, and away from people who probably need to be tested?


    March 21, 2020 at 2:58 PM

  41. MEH 0910

    March 23, 2020 at 5:06 PM

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