Wisconsin: The GOP’s Coronavirus Petri Dish

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 23: U.S. President Donald Trump exits the White House while departing for Pittsburgh to speak at the annual Shale Insight Conference, on October 23, 2019 in Washington, DC. Earlier today President Trump announced that the U.S. would be lifting all sanctions imposed on Turkey in response to their invasion of northern Syria. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

What is it about Wisconsin that makes it somehow so susceptible to all of the vagaries and pecksniffery that the GOP seems to come up with that have trouble taking root elsewhere? I dunno, maybe all of those cow farts? Too many fried curds? But whatever, Wisconsin is once again in the forefront of a national controversy regarding the coronavirus.

First it was the special election debacle in April, where the GOP led legislature used GOP dominated courts to force in [person voting for an election that Democratic Governor Tony Evers had ordered the election delayed. Following that special election, the Wisconsin health department started tracking newly reported cases, and found a significant spike of cases among people who had gone out to vote in person.

And now they’re at it again. Wisconsin’s state Supreme Court threw out Governor Evers’ stay-at-home order as unconstitutional, basically turning Wisconsin into The wild West as one official put it. While the ruling had no effect on local and county orders, it has thrown the state into a massive confusion. And there are already reports of a spike in coronavirus cases since the order was rescinded by the court. But here I would introduce a note of caution against hysteria. One of the things that makes the coronavirus so difficult to contend with is the 8-14 day gestation period from the time of infection until serious symptoms become apparent. I tend to believe that the spike that’s being reported were actually cases contracted before the court’s ruling, we won’t begin to see any effects from that ruling for at least another week yet.

The thing is, this Wisconsin court ruling could have unintended consequences for the GOP nationally. By basically throwing the state wide open with basically no social distancing or personal protection measures, the effects of a wide open state should become apparent in the next 14-28 days. In other words, just about the time that ore measured GOP states such as Georgia, Texas, Florida, and Arizona are preparing to move into the more expansive stages 3 and 4.

If Wisconsin has an explosion of new coronavirus cases reported, and hospitalizations, it may well be a canary-in-the-coal-mine to these other states on the wisdom of rushing forward with the more advanced stages of reopening, especially if their initial steps bring a spike that promoted public outcry about the process. And it could well make already reticent Governors like Nike DeWine in Ohio slow walk their re-openings even more. And this is the last thing that the GOP wants.

There are two reasons for Trump’s push to reopen these states as quickly as possible, one economic, and one political. Trump is desperate to get the state economics moving again, in the hopes that it will spur a rise in the stock market, allowing him to once again tout his accomplishments. But if Wisconsin sees a spike in cases, with the finger pointing at their precipitate reopening all at once, then the markets could take another tumble with the prospect of a long, slow reopening, especially if more states scale back their plan.

The political angle is just as perilous. Make no doubt about it, Trump’s main reason for rushing these states to reopen is so that they reach the stage where mass gatherings are allowed again. Trump needs to seed his voracious ego as the trough of Trombie adulation. He needs to get up on that stage, spout his shit, and hear the roars of the faithful. If Wisconsin falls apart at the seams as a result of reopening the state socially, it could make it much harder, and a much longer wait before Trump can once again dip into that mass rally well.

So once again Wisconsin finds itself a battleground state, but not for electoral votes this time. Wisconsin could be a battleground for the fates of literally thousands, if not tens of thousands of American lives over the course of the ext few months. And depending on the results, it could make the electoral map even more difficult for Trump in November. Don’t touch that dial.

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2 Comments on "Wisconsin: The GOP’s Coronavirus Petri Dish"

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steve scoll
steve scoll

Going into the village today with gloves and a mask it was like the virus is over. No masks to be seen. The court ruled that the virus is gone and PFFFT……
Now we wait a week to see what really is going to happen. As the President said, if we stopped testing there would be a lot less cases of the virus. Just as someone else said if the fire department stopped taking 911 calls for house fires there would be a lot less recorded cases of houses burning.

Alfred Higgins
Alfred Higgins
The “Petri dish”, Wisconsin, is more than just a political science experiment to see just how much a Republican majority legislature and judiciary can hobble a Democratic governor. This agenda is also an experiment to find out just how much damage a rampant surge of COVID-19 can do to minorities, communities of color, the incarcerated, and the vulnerable who depend on social safety nets. These are the demographic groups that the GOP has long targeted for disenfranchisement, and denial of social and economic justice. Along with the mandated in-person voting, ramping up Wisconsin’s economic reopening is nothing less than a… Read more »