Hunkering down

Monday morning. It was quite a week and there’s more to come.

Yes, the debate last night was a little boring. Adult policy stuff is boring. These days I think the country needs its government to be more boring …and a little less entertaining.

Time is of the essence as we try to prepare for what’s coming. The Fed is cutting interest rates to zero and going heavy with QE efforts. But markets don’t seem to be completely reassured. And some GOP senators are quibbling over details in the relief bill passed by the House and supported by the White House.

It was a very short season for Plimoth Plantation. Opened Saturday and closed Monday. All bars and restaurants are now closed in Massachusetts. Take out or drop off delivery is still an option. This is going to be hard on restaurant workers. Screening at Logan for international arrivals is apparently going better than at other airports. Better but not perfect. And Microsoft has a real-time coronavirus tracker with breakdowns by state. We’re at 164 this morning.

Emergency room doctors and nurses are on the frontlines and are at particular risk. Two ER doctors, one in New Jersey and another in Washington State, are in critical condition with the virus.

I was never a great fan of Mike Pence but I’m happy that he is stepping up now at a time when we need calm, concise and articulate messaging from the White House. The entire team he leads is doing a good job. The contrast between his boss’s rambling introduction yesterday, which actually included complaints about how he’s being treated unfairly by the media, with Pence’s self-assured direct and to-the-point crisis communication, was striking.

And why are teams lining up for Brady while Phil Rivers, with more yards, is being ignored? It’s all about the interceptions.

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