Democrats will blast Trump for underplaying the disease, while his allies will play video of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the president’s top adviser and leading epidemiologist, saying in late January, “This is not a major threat to the people of the United States and this is not something that the citizens of the United States should be worried about right now.” That was just days before Trump declared a public health emergency.


The truth is, no one saw it coming. No one anticipated the calamity. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and others who denounced Trump for barring visitors from China look stupid. Mayor Bill de Blasio who on March 2 urged New Yorkers “to go on with your lives + get out on the town” looks stupid.  The president’s suggestion that we could reopen the country by Easter was, in retrospect, stupid. There’s a lot of stupid to go around. Nobody knew.

Nancy Pelosi understands this, but insists on playing games. She thinks she’s scoring points with her base, and maybe she is. But there is an election coming, and if the impeachment effort is any guide, this new round of finger-pointing will not serve Democrats well.