Two weeks ago, Gov.-Elect Glenn Youngkin (R) was being blamed by liberals for the I-95 fiasco in Virginia even though he wasn’t yet governor, with the inauguration ceremony set to take place a week and a half after the winter weather event that dumped ice and snow on the roads and caused a back-up of some 90 milesOn the interstate, thousands were trapped for more than 24 hours by Tim Kaine (D), Virginia Senator.
This past Sunday, the day after Youngkin was sworn in to serve as the state’s 74th governor, he posted a photo to the “GovernorVA” Twitter page showing him and other state officials – presumably state emergency response officials – monitoring developments as another snowstorm was rolling through the area.
“Road conditions continue to vary across the Commonwealth,” Youngkin wrote. “Our team is closely monitoring roads and the forecast for this evening. Stay safe and follow the weather updates. Especially the I-81 corridor at this time.”
Here’s the photo:
Conditions on roads vary widely across the Commonwealth. The team closely monitors roads, and is monitoring the weather forecast. Keep an eye on the weather and avoid driving. Take special care of the I-81 corridor during this time. pic.twitter.com/zfkxTpi7G8
— Governor Glenn Youngkin (@GovernorVA) January 16, 2022
Consider the former governor. Ralph Northam’s (D) disastrous handling of the prior storm and his equally awful response to criticism over it, I suspect Youngkin and his team thought that one good way to counter the impression that state government was asleep at the wheel when these things occurred was to actually give an example of what leadership during a statewide crisis is supposed to look like.
But because Democrats are still experiencing a lot of Hurt Feelings over the fact that Terry McAuliffe didn’t win in November, we had numerous hot takesThese were their responses to Youngkin, who tried to reassure them that everything was being managed.
Glenn Youngkin got 2 inches of snow and he’s recreating the Bin Laden raid photo pic.twitter.com/xR8J6moWgN
— Zack DiGregorio (@zackdigregorio) January 17, 2022
Virginia State Senate President Pro tempore Lillie Louise Lucas, who we’ve been reliably told “has become THE Democratic Leader in Virginia thanks to a robust twitter presence,” had a similar reaction:
Barack Obama is my friend. Governor Youngkin, Barack Obama is not you! https://t.co/Yh4uSfPOlq
— L. Louise Lucas (@SenLouiseLucas) January 17, 2022
Understandably, DiGregorio’s tweet got ratioed by folks who were quick to remind him of a few things:
Wow imagine if Northam was in a picture as scandalous as this https://t.co/LrEkXgA4m2
— Rob Romano (@2Aupdates) January 17, 2022
Better than this photo of the last governor: https://t.co/LDNVSZPcRf pic.twitter.com/fSRFm9vQ36
— Tim Murtaugh (@TimMurtaugh) January 17, 2022
Some others, such as yours truly were more understanding of the difficulties faced by Twitter Democrats still in denial. offering up “thoughts and prayers at this difficult time” and messages expressing how they were “so sorry this is happening to you.”
But seriously, if this is how they whine when he does what he’s supposed to in response to weather events, imagine what their reactions will be to the policy decisions he and his administration work to implement during his term? Oh wait, we’ve already gotten a preview of that, too, and it was delicious.
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