What is most gratifying about the California recount results is that the California GOP made this a referendum on DeSantisism — a suite of policies that lurches between coercion and libertarianism depending on what can go the most to encourage spread of COVID-19 — and got absolutely crushed:
The recall election asked voters whether Newsom should be removed — “yes” or “no” — and gave voters who wanted to him ousted the choice of 46 alternatives.
Newsom thanked California voters for keeping him in office.
“We said yes to science. We said yes to vaccines,” Newsom said in brief remarks at a news conference. “We said yes to ending his pandemic. We said yes to people’s right to vote without fear. We said yes to women’s constitutional right to decide.”
An NBC News exit poll found voters sided with Newsom on the public health measures, with a plurality, or 45 percent, saying Newsom’s Covid policies are about right, compared to 32 percent who said the measures are too strict. Another 18 percent said they aren’t strict enough.
And as a reward, California is going to be much better off in every respect than nihilist-governed states like Florida and Texas:
California no longer has “high” community levels of coronavirus transmission, according to data published Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an achievement a top state health official credited to broad vaccination uptake and public compliance with restrictions such as mask-wearing.
The state is now the only one in the country to reach the “substantial” tier of the agency’s risk chart, for the first time since the rapid spread of the delta coronavirus variant brought the summer COVID-19 surge, state epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan said Tuesday.
Remember when the press sent six weeks talking about how much better DeSantis’s COVID response was? What a country!