NoPlan Northam Readies Random Restrictions

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By DJ Rippert

Here we go again. The Richmond Times Dispatch is reporting that Governor Ralph “NoPlan” Northam signaled a possible increase in COVID-19 restrictions during an interview with CNBC yesterday (Dec 7). Northam is quoted as saying, “We’re actively discussing on how to mitigate the numbers, and we’ll take further measures if we need to this week.”

The actual interview was even more embarrassing than the RTD article would have you believe. At about the 1:50 point in this video David Faber does something Virginia’s gutless media has so far refused to do. He asks NoPlan Northam to describe his plan. “What are the numbers that are going to trigger you, governor, to take further measures” is the specific question asked by Faber.  The same question I have been asking on this blog here, here and here.

Northam declares it to be a “great question,” insists he is “data driven,” and reminds everybody that he is a physician. He then proceeds to evade and avoid the question in a stumbling, bumbling soliloquy to nowhere. He explains that the spread is happening where people are gathering, sometimes in homes and sometimes in places of worship. He keenly cuts through the fog by declaring that places of worship will be advised to take things seriously. He concludes by insisting that “the decisions we make will be data driven in Virginia.” NoPlan Northam skates a simple question he should answer. His obviously cavalier attitude toward the people of Virginia is disgraceful.

Aggressive measures? Over the past three years Virginians have come to see that Ralph Northam is susceptible to playing “fast and loose” with the truth. He claimed surprise that his plantation-owning fore-bearers on Virginia’s Eastern Shore owned slaves. Perhaps he thought they used drones to tend the fields. He doesn’t know why his college nickname was Coonman. He was in a medical school yearbook picture in blackface until he wasn’t. He never saw those pictures on his own yearbook page until recently. Now he describes the restrictions he imposed prior to Thanksgiving by saying, “We took some aggressive measures prior to Thanksgiving …”.  No we didn’t. In a country where 33 million Californians are in lockdown, closing bars at 10 p.m. is not an aggressive measure. His restrictions may have been appropriate, proper or measured but they were not “aggressive.” Why Northam feels compelled to mislead the public about his actions is hard to fathom. Perhaps he just can’t help himself.

What now? NoPlan Northam seems to be enjoying his role as an arbitrary and capricious governor. Despite his incessant claims about his credentials as a “data driven” physician/governor he refuses to do what many other governors have done — put forth a science-based plan based on data that describes his approach to increasing or decreasing COVID-19 related restrictions in Virginia. While other politicians speak in clear terms about positivity rates, hospital capacity and other specific data points, Northam avoids any reference to actual data while promising “we’ll take further measures if we need to this week.” When asked specifically to describe the numbers that will drive his actions, Northam refuses to do so.

Elections have consequences. In my analysis, Northam is a child of the Byrd Machine. His father was a four-term rural Commonwealth’s Attorney and then a circuit court judge. His grandfather was a judge in the same court. As a Prince of the Byrd Machine, Northam seems to see no reason to waste his time explaining his plans to “the little people” in Virginia. We will all get to find out what restrictions Northam cares to impose the moment he announces those restrictions. Until then … we all need to shut up, go back to work and keep paying taxes. Commoners have no place asking royalty for explanations.

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14 responses to “NoPlan Northam Readies Random Restrictions

  1. Baconator with extra cheese

    It seems the POC churches have been hit pretty hard here in the RVA… think Dr Governor Coonman has the cajones to tell POC churchgoers to not go worship?
    Me thinks not.
    Maybe like bars he can tell the churches to not worship after 10 pm.
    The science definitely proves the ‘Rona is sensitive to time… but does the science tell us if the ‘Rona is on standard time or day light savings time?

    • “think Dr Governor Coonman has the cajones to tell POC churchgoers to not go worship?”

      Only if they are Asian-American. Asian-Americans are already over-represented among churchgoers and that demonstrates structural racism. Canceling attendance at Asian-American dominated churches is justified.

  2. …….. Meanwhile back at the Maryland Ranch……… word is that Hogan is considering a run for POTUS!

    So… another “un” for Northan – he’s “Un” Hogan! 😉

  3. How does the critical and derogatory slant of this discussion move Virginia forward? Isn’t an attack like this just feeding the negative energy and divisions?

    Should we expect the Governor to be the right person to set the level at which more protections will be required? Is that the only criteria? Seems it’s more than just a number.

    Weren’t churches targeted after documented super spread events? Were super spread events found in bars at the same time? I don’t think anyone was thinking about the two compared head to head. I think the restrictions came from actual experience and that led to some describing it as a moral issue even though it wasn’t.

    Also seems that no matter what is put out or not put out, there will be stringent criticism. Someone will be unhappy and will explode in a tirade. How long are we going to have to live in an environment where the “opposition” attacks every tiny thing as if it were huge? Can we return to a time when every action/reaction didn’t set off a divisive stream of criticism? Can we somehow step back and at least try to be civil to each other?

    • Critical? Slanted? Please see the clear caption that says “Commentary”. Move Virginia forward? You know what would move Virginia forward? Two things:

      1. An effective media that asks the hard questions and;
      2. Honest politicians who have to be honest based on #1 above

      Civil? After 4 years of the most uncivil garbage I have ever seen in my life … now we need civility? Where was civility when the unfounded attack around “Russian interference in the 2016 election” was playing out”? Spare me your sanctimonious calls for civility now.

      Northam is an elitist. He considers himself far above those who he governs. Unlike other governors he won’t deign to explain his approach to the voter – taxpayers in Virginia. He is a throwback to the Byrd Machine and he represents most of what is wrong with with the plantation class domination of the people of Virginia.

      Let there never be another member of the plantation elite in a position of power in Virginia.

  4. Bishop Gerald O. Glenn. ‘Nuff said. Well, God has a sense of humor. Now, ’nuff said.

    Pastor Who Defied Social Distancing Dies After Contracting Covid-19, Church Says
    The death of Gerald O. Glenn, the bishop of the New Deliverance Evangelistic Church in Chesterfield, Va., was announced during Easter services.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/14/us/bishop-gerald-glenn-coronavirus.html

  5. I think Virginia has the governor that it deserves.

  6. Got this recent Tweet from Fairfax gov

    “If you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, get tested.

    There are more than 30 places in the Fairfax community offering COVID-19 tests: ”
    https://bit.ly/3bbpnrH

    What I trying to say, CDC is saying get tested before/after travel; and Pa Gov Wolf says get tested before entry into Pa. You will note those reasons are not included as valid reasons above to get a test.

    You sort of have to fib to say you were exposed, which is a pretty good assumption anyways. Quick test is generally OK for those travel purposes.

  7. James Wyatt Whitehead V

    Erosion of trust in government. Who believes anything that comes out of Governor Northam’s mouth?

  8. Thank God somebody other than myself has finally used the term “arbitrary and capricious” as that is most appropriate description of his actions to date. He claims that his actions are science based but refuses to state what science they are based on.

    My guess is that his science is the same one that previously found DDT to be safe for application to humans, Asbestos as the wonder compound and Thalidomide safe for use while pregnant.

    His bridge to far may well end up being the notice of violation issued to the Bedford County Board of Supervisors. It is one thing to shut down a health club or revoke a restaurant’s health certificate, it is something else entirely when the Health Department is used to a political bludgeon against a County whose policies or actions the Guv doesn’t care for.

    Given the actions against Bedford County, I guess we can add the open meetings requirements contained in the Code of Virginia, the right of citizens to address their elected officials and the sovereign immunity of local governments to the list of things Gov. Gump believes he can ignore at will.

    Funny, I didn’t see the Health Department issuing civil or criminal violations to those that organized marches, protests or Sen. Lucas when she joined with more than 25 to pull down a statue.

    Simply another example of Coonman’s situational ethics.

    If the Bedford Supervisors really want to have some fun, I would suggest they challenge the Governor’s edicts on the grounds that they are, at least in part, arbitrary and capricious. They have the standing, representation and presumably the finances to advance the suit. Hell, I would start a GoFundMe page to support their efforts.

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