How one Dem governor stays off Trump's enemies list
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolfs approach to the coronavirus crisis makes him an outlier among his big-state Democratic colleagues.
By HOLLY OTTERBEIN
04/18/2020 07:00 AM EDT
PHILADELPHIA Across the country, Democratic governors battling coronavirus have bashed President Donald Trump for botching the federal response, upstaged him on television, and even trolled him by proudly reappropriating his derogatory nicknames.
In Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf is following a different approach.
The soft-spoken Democrat rarely does national TV. His news conferences dont regularly air on cable news like New York Gov. Andrew Cuomos. Sometimes, he even praises Vice President Mike Pence.
Theyve done pretty well, Wolf said in an interview with POLITICO. We needed additional N95 masks and I had a couple conversations with the vice president and he actually made it happen.
Its a leadership model that has left some Democrats quietly wishing he were a more prominent figure and a more critical voice during the crisis. But as the governor of a big battleground state that Trump carried in 2016, Wolf isnt afforded the same luxuries as his blue-state colleagues.
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They're all morons.
But I just had a conversation with someone on DU yesterday about why DeWine's Ohio strategy of acting in contradiction to what Trump says - but not expressly trashing him - is a strategy that protects Ohioans (and others who are gaining the benefit of things like the Batelle mask-cleaning process that was only approved because DeWine has maintained communications with Trump, despite doing almost the opposite of anything Trump has suggested as to COVID 19)
It's like dealing with a two year old. You know they are on the verge of a tantrum all the time, and you deal with tantrums when they arrive. But when you're in the middle of the grocerly store aisle, or a restaurant, or (or a health crisis that threatens the lives of thousands) you use whatever strategy works to triggering a tantrum (even if those strategies might not be found in the best practices for parenting handbook).