Return with us now to that thrilling yesteryear before his political enemies were bashing Chris Sununu for (a) carelessly catching COVID-19 and passing it on to thousands or (b) not catching COVID but taking up precious hospital space that should have gone to the truly sick who were stacking up in the hallways. Really, we saw both versions.
But this was earlier, when the governor of New Hampshire was being pilloried for traveling to Kentucky (without announcing it to the world in advance) to see what that state is learning from its own latest round with the virus. Waste of time and taxpayer money, the critics cried. They were hardly mollified upon learning that the plane trip was paid for by inventor Dean Kamen, someone who plays nice with others, no matter their politics.
As it turns out, the governor and health officials picked up on something Kentucky is doing with this surge that New Hampshire didn’t do with the initial one. Rather than set up separate venues for hospital overflows, Kentucky expands a hospital’s capacity by setting up the extra beds on its existing campus. The expertise is thus better leveraged without worrying about splitting time and staff. Makes sense.
His critics will say Sununu could have learned this without the visit but sometimes being on hand, talking with the people running the show, and actually observing the process gives one a better perspective.