Tuesday, the CDC released its latest state-by-state scorecard of COVID-19 cases. Despite the constant drumbeat from Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) that red states loosening strict lockdown and facemask mandates were going to set off a tsunami of cases and deaths, that isn’t happening. In fact, nine of the top ten states with the most cases per 100,000 residents were run by Democrats.
At #1 was Michigan, which Gov. Gretchen Whitmer practically put into a deep freeze. Over the past seven days, they had 471 cases per 100,000. New Jersey had 335 and New York 248.7. By contrast, Arkansas, which lifted its mask mandate on March 30th, had the fewest cases at 36.1 (the national average is 133.8.)
President Biden accused Texas Gov. Greg Abbott of “Neanderthal thinking” for lifting his state mask mandate and allowing businesses to resume at 100% capacity over a month ago. Yet cases in Texas have continued to drop. Over the past seven days, there were only 62.3 cases per 100,000 residents. In Biden’s home state of Delaware, there 230.4.
Dr. Anthony Fauci predicted a disastrous spike in cases in Texas, and now admits he’s flummoxed as to why it hasn’t happened. He’s the same expert who praised the COVID response in New York.
My writer Pat Reeder, who lives near Dallas, has a theory: “There’s no giant surge because most people here are still wearing masks where appropriate and still following safety guidelines. We’ve been doing it for a year, and it’s not that complicated. And a lot of us are getting vaccinated, or in my case, already had the disease. We Texans aren’t idiot children or wards of the state, and we have enough sense to take precautions for ourselves without needing Big Daddy in Austin or Washington to tell us what to strap over our faces under threat of arrest.”