While I've frequently called out the state's GOP Legislature for literally hiding from COVID accountability for more than six months, it's important to remember that it was a rightist State Supreme Court majority which took the GOP ideological bait, killed Gov. Evers 'safer-at-home' virus-controlling order and gave Republicans their 'win.'
Which launched Wisconsin into the escalating pandemic without a coordinated 'we're-all-in-this-together' statewide prevention plan.
|Right-wing WI Supreme Court Chief Justice Patience Roggensack wrote the 4-3 majority opinion shelving the state's Safer-at-Home order - while the Court safely met online.|
Sort of like having the local government lock up its only fire station to satisfy a faction of angry firefighters knowing that the worst blaze in state history was moving towards town driven by the strongest winds recorded in a century.
And to make matters worse, the angry faction's officers told all the firefighters they could take a six-month vacation while the fire frightened more people, disrupted more businesses, burned more buildings and killed more citizens.
You can plot the virus's rampage on the state health department's COVID-19 website since a 4-3 rightwing decision by a majority of Justices set the state free of a virus-control plan on May 13.
There were 291 news cases reported that day which brought Wisconsin's total to 10,902 since the tally began March 15 - a period of about two months, and Evers' order and plan were in place for much of it.
Pretty big numbers, but wait, there's more.
The most-recently reported state COVID-19 data for Monday, October 19 showed new daily cases had spiraled by a factor of 13 to 3,777 in the five months since May 13 - the day of the Court's ruling.
And the state's current reported cumulative COVID-19 case total on Monday of 173,891 has ballooned by a factor of 16 since the 10,902 total cases had been reported on May 13.
As the Chief Justice might say, that's a lot of regular folks.