Politics, like so much else in life, changes in the time of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Almost every notice from a campaign or elected official starts with some reference to COVID-19. Some talk about what they’re doing in the city, county, state or nation to fight it. Others talk about what the city, county, state or nation should be doing to fight it, but isn’t.
And then there’s Tim Eyman, longtime initiative promoter and among the current Republican hopefuls for governor. Two weekends ago, after his putative opponent Gov. Jay Inslee had issued an order banning gatherings of more than 250 people in an early effort to stop the spread of the virus, Eyman offered a bit of counterprogramming.
“Let’s stick our finger in the eye of Jay Inslee,” he said in an email announcing a meet-and-greet gathering in Oak Harbor, asking for 251 people to show up.
“I’m bringing a 6-pack of Corona,” he added. Eyman apparently shares a political consultant — or a joke writer, not clear which — with U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, who has taken to calling it “the beer virus” Which is arguably better than calling it “the China virus” and definitely better than “the Kung Flu.” But let’s face it, Corona beer comes from Mexico, so the laughs on all of this would be no more than a polite chuckle or perhaps an embarrassed groan.