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A “no classes until further notice” sign is taped to the front door of Edison Elementary School Tuesday, April 14, 2020, in Salt Lake City. Utah joined more than 20 other states Tuesday in canceling classes at public schools for the rest of the school year to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Students will finish the year doing mostly online assignments to avoid the risk of crowded classrooms, Gov. Gary Herbert said. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

 

Before we start, let me offer a caveat off the top of this post: it’s meant to be funny, so don’t go off and start harassing these people because, honestly, I feel for them, and they’re not wrong. It’s just that they both seem to have been celebrating the grand policy ideas that have led us to this place of — in the liberal lexicon — “new normal.” But the celebration has come to a screeching halt now that their children may not be back in school in the fall.

And that’s simply hilarious.

We’ll start with an old favorite, MSNBC host Chris Hayes, whose liberal and progressive bonafides hardly need listing here.  Chris is a big fan of people wearing masks as a deterrent to coronavirus despite shifting narratives as to whether or not they work, and whether or not asymptomatic people are actually a source of infection.

One scientist had this to say, for example:

“Never before in my 45-year career have I seen such a far-reaching public recommendation issued by any governmental agency without a single source of data or information to support it,” [Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy and a Regents Professor at the University of Minnesota] said in response to the CDC’s lack of evidence on the effectiveness of cloth masks. “This is an extremely worrisome precedent of implementing policies not based on science-based data or why they were issued without such data.”

But Chris is undeterred by such musings because, in freaking out over the fact that his children may not return to school in the same way this fall — and those masks are a symbol of that overwrought mindset — he believes if we just all strap some cloth over our mouths, his kids will continue to not be a problem as he and his wife pursue their careers. Note his use of the word normal in the tweet below, as if he doesn’t know we’re in a NEW normal now. One that requires face masks and kids remote learning.

Reminder: Chris was fully willing to buy into the idea that the future was uncertain just a week ago, and definitely willing to call others stupid for trying to get back to the old normal of not having to walk around like a masked bandit everywhere one goes. He’s clearly not so certain now that he might face negotiating dealing with the kids being home. Or, heaven forfend, having to homeschool them like those weird Christian families.

Then there’s Smitten Kitchen author Deb Perelman, who is even more freaked out (and possibly angry) than Hayes as evidenced by her twitter rant on the subject:

Just for fun and by way of comparison, here’s Deb at the beginning of June and April of this year:

The point I’m trying to make here is that there are only serious questions from these two — and we can guess other liberals who share their values — about the overreach related to government and health policy now that they themselves are being potentially negatively affected and inconvenienced. And while that’s typical and hilarious, it’s also a bit sad and frustrating because we could have used their voices (and enormous platforms) earlier when conservatives were warning them to tread cautiously about buying into the pandemic paranoia.

Because you may just find — and may have just found — that you’ll be masked up with your kids at home indefinitely. And your money and influence won’t help you.