Going on two years now, advocates of an aggressive response to the pandemic have used Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ light touch as a symbol of what not to do. The problem is, they can’t seem to stop vacationing there.
DeSantis has earned himself accolades for refusing to let “hysteria” influence his policymaking, a laissez-faire approach best illustrated in his response to a critic at a football game this year: “How the hell am I going to be able to drink a beer with a mask on?”
The message, tailor-made for a former bartender, appears to have resonated with Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).
Yes, the congresswoman may have disparaged “unvaccinated tourists” for moving on with their lives and once said that repealing mask mandates “endangers” people. But two weeks ago, as her local newspaper reported that New York had just reached “a…