Two weeks ago, Gov.-Elect Glenn Youngkin (R) was being blamed by liberals for the I-95 fiasco in Virginia even though he wasn’t yet governor, with the inauguration ceremony set to take place a week and a half after the winter weather event that dumped ice and snow on the roads and caused a back-up of some 90 miles on the interstate, trapping thousands for over 24 hours including Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine (D).
This past Sunday, the day after Youngkin was sworn in to serve as the state’s 74th governor, he posted a photo to the “GovernorVA” Twitter page showing him and other state officials – presumably state emergency response officials – monitoring developments as another snowstorm was rolling through the area.
“Road conditions continue to vary across the Commonwealth,” Youngkin wrote. “Our team is closely monitoring roads and the forecast for this evening. Please follow weather updates, stay safe, and stay off the roads. Especially the I-81 corridor at this time.”
Here’s the photo:
Road conditions continue to vary across the Commonwealth. Our team is closely monitoring roads and the forecast for this evening. Please follow weather updates, stay safe, and stay off the roads. Especially the I-81 corridor at this time. pic.twitter.com/zfkxTpi7G8
— Governor Glenn Youngkin (@GovernorVA) January 16, 2022
Now, considering former Gov. Ralph Northam’s (D) disastrous handling of the prior storm and his equally awful response to criticism over it, I suspect Youngkin and his team thought that one good way to counter the impression that state government was asleep at the wheel when these things occurred was to actually give an example of what leadership during a statewide crisis is supposed to look like.
But because Democrats are still experiencing a lot of Hurt Feelings over the fact that Terry McAuliffe didn’t win in November, we had numerous hot takes like this one from “Everytown” press secretary Zack DiGregorio in response to Gov. Youngkin, who was simply trying to reassure people things were being handled:
Glenn Youngkin got 2 inches of snow and he’s recreating the Bin Laden raid photo pic.twitter.com/xR8J6moWgN
— Zack DiGregorio (@zackdigregorio) January 17, 2022
Virginia State Senate President Pro tempore Lillie Louise Lucas, who we’ve been reliably told “has become THE Democratic Leader in Virginia thanks to a robust twitter presence,” had a similar reaction:
I know Barack Obama. Governor Youngkin, you are no Barack Obama! https://t.co/Yh4uSfPOlq
— L. Louise Lucas (@SenLouiseLucas) January 17, 2022
Understandably, DiGregorio’s tweet got ratioed by folks who were quick to remind him of a few things:
Wow imagine if Northam was in a picture as scandalous as this https://t.co/LrEkXgA4m2
— Rob Romano (@2Aupdates) January 17, 2022
— Tim Murtaugh (@TimMurtaugh) January 17, 2022
Others, like yours truly, were a little more sympathetic to the hardship of Twitter Democrats who are still in denial, offering up “thoughts and prayers at this difficult time” and messages expressing how they were “so sorry this is happening to you.”
But seriously, if this is how they whine when he does what he’s supposed to in response to weather events, imagine what their reactions will be to the policy decisions he and his administration work to implement during his term? Oh wait, we’ve already gotten a preview of that, too, and it was delicious.