Charlie Baker’s not fooling anyone

Remember Abraham Lincoln’s famous quote “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.”?

This quote came to mind after reading the Baker campaign’s promotional email that actually brags at how well the governor is doing with the COVID vaccine roll out. 

I have always believed that once elected officials enter the Golden Dome, they begin the downward spiral of losing all sense of reality.  The Baker email is more proof of the validity of that theory.

According to Charlie Parker, Massachusetts is:

  • Number 9 in the U.S. for first vaccination administered per capita.
  • Number 1 for total shots administered per capita this week among the 24 states with 5 million people or more.
  • Number 4 for first doses and total doses administered per capita among the 24 states with 5 million people or more.
  • Number 3 for total shots administered per capita this week among all 51 states + District of Columbia.  (51 is not a typo.)

Who is he trying to fool?

Everyone knows this roll-out is a disaster.  I think we can assume Baker is no longer the most popular Governor in the country and that this email is a desperate attempt to revive his lost popularity.

Where the vaccine roll-out has been working, Baker has reversed course.  For example, the City of Taunton has been administering shots over the past couple of weekends to their seniors.  It was working well until Baker said “no more vaccines for you” as if he were the “Soup Nazi” from Seinfeld.

Seniors are desperately trying to get the shots and they are hanging on the phones for hours for that elusive appointment.  Hence, this begs the question – why would you lower the eligible age for vaccines to 65 if the first group is not close to being complete?

Is Baker trying to fool us that it is going well?  Or is he trying to create more chaos?

Whether or not he was going for chaos, he has certainly achieved it.  Doubling the number of people eligible for the vaccine crashed the website by 8 a.m. this morning.  How stupid can state government get?

After Deval Patrick’s $1 billion boondoggle of converting Massachusetts from Romneycare to Obamacare, you would have thought some lessons had been learned about bad websites.  Guess not!

With its enormous senior population, Cape Cod has been bearing the brunt of the vaccine debacle.  They have no mass vaccination site and have been sent less than half the amount of vaccines needed to cover adults over the age of 75.  That’s not a computer glitch. 

Of course, this is not Baker’s fault.  It never is, have you noticed? On Wednesday, he claimed insufficient supply from the federal government. If that is true, then why expand the eligibility?  I can see why Lt. Governor Karyn Polito did not sign the email.   Even she knows Baker has hit an iceberg.