The good news for Californians is that the COVID lockdowns are being lifted, though some restrictions may still apply in deeply affected areas. As Ed Morrissey pointed out earlier this week, it was a bit of a “coinkydink” that Governor Gavin Newsom just happened to make that decision just as the total number of signatures on a petition to recall him from office was approaching the finish line. Amazingly, Ed wasn’t the only person to voice such suspicions. Members of the press were bold enough to ask Newsom if he was relenting simply to save his job. He responded by calling the allegation “complete, utter nonsense.” He’s a man of science, you see. (CBS Los Angeles)
Gov. Gavin Newsom insisted Monday that the decision to lift the regional stay-at-home order was based on scientific projections of future hospital demand, rather than the looming possibility of a recall campaign…
However, his Republican critics don’t see things the same way. Citing the recall campaign that’s gaining steam, California Republican Party Chairwoman Jessica Millan Patterson said bluntly that the decision to lift the regional stay-at-home order was an obvious ploy to counter the recall movement.
“This governor’s decisions have never been based on science. Him re-opening our state is not an attempt to help working Californians, but rather an attempt to counter the Recall Movement. It’s sad and pathetic,” Patterson tweeted.
Newsom insisted that there were no inconsistencies in his position. He cited a projection indicating that Southern California’s ICU capacity will reach 33.3% by Feb. 21. That’s a fairly remarkable turnaround they’re projecting when you consider that the region’s available ICU capacity is still currently listed at zero percent. So where is he getting this data showing that a major improvement in their numbers is just around the corner? We still don’t know. Every time reporters have asked him where his shifting figures are coming from he refuses to release the information.