I shoudn’t let it surprise, shock, or bother me, but the fact that Kentucky Republicans are politicizing the coronavirus pandemic makes me very angry. We have already lost 23,000 people nationally, and we are most likely going to break a total of 100 deaths today in Kentucky. But never let it be said that Kentucky Republicans don’t know how to be selfish, greedy, power hungry, and just plain evil.
Where to even begin?
I suppose I should start with this lovely bit of news from the Louisville Courier-Journal. It’s behind a subscriber firewall, so I will lift the pertinant parts for you all:
On Politics: Kentucky GOP is ready to pop Gov. Andy Beshear's COVID-19 popularity balloon
The Kentucky kumbaya is over.
Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear had vexed Republicans for more than a month until Easter weekend, where he tried to walk a tightrope in trying to protect the public as a few dozen defiant churchgoers ignored COVID-19 guidelines on mass gatherings.
Since early March, GOP members have been biting their tongues, gritting their teeth and rolling their eyes as they looked for ways to pop the “Baeshear” popularity balloon.
Republican legislative leaders couldn't do it after looking short-sighted for refusing to stop meeting as the outbreak spread.
Attorney General Daniel Cameron tried to activate the anti-abortion movement by pressing the Beshear administration to close clinics and deem abortion an elective procedure, but he's been ignored by the health cabinet.
But a rumbling restlessness of suit-and-tie Republicans feeling the economic anxiety, liberty activists suffering from cabin fever and evangelicals engulfed by the Holy Spirit have professional GOP circles feeling “aglow” now that the governor's Mr. Rogers image is running thin with some Kentuckians.
Basically, Kentucky Republicans are trying to paint Governor Andy Beshear as some kind of tyrant for ordering a shelt in place order. They think they have a winner with his building showdown with that asshole Jack Roberts of the Marysville Baptist Church. And they think that he doesn’t have a plan to get the Kentucky economy moving again ASAP.