Many have noticed that Gov. Ron DeSantis’ messages about the coronavirus have been somewhat mixed, and from our own experience, we know that muddled words often come from muddled thinking.
Perhaps there is an extenuating circumstance named Mamie.
With rightful pleasure, the governor and Mrs. DeSantis announced the arrival of an adorable little girl, their third child—all younger than 5. That was 11 days ago, and every parent remembers how tough it was to get a decent night’s sleep with a newborn in the house.
After a relatively sure-footed first year for the governor, it may be mere coincidence that these stumbles coincide with the arrival of little Mamie to the Governor’s Mansion.
But to borrow a phrase, what have we got to lose? With respect and empathy, we suggest that the governor might self-isolate in another bedroom — the Mansion has five — for a few nights so he can be better rested to face the challenges of these extraordinary days.
If the result is sharper leadership and clear direction from the governor, then all of Florida will sleep a little better. No offense, Mamie.
Paul Tash is the chairman of the Tampa Bay Times, the father of two adult daughters and the grandfather of five-year-old twins.