Last summer, there was a loose but noteworthy consensus among Colorado’s political class that, compared to Democratic governors in other blue states, Jared Polis really hadn’t done that bad of a job managing the COVID crisis here in Colorado.

 

Democrats in Colorado praised Polis’ handling of his daily press briefings, while independent and even many Republican voters saw his bold statements about the need to re-open schools and his reticence to shutter restaurants and other small businesses as proof that Colorado’s governor was taking a balanced approach.

 

But they were just that, statements. His actions reflect a different reality altogether. And since then, things have gone downhill, badly.

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