A reflective Gov. Tim Walz recently observed an uncomfortable truth: messy democracy may not be the best defense against a pandemic.
In a wide-ranging interview with the Star Tribune, Walz said the partisan politics surrounding his management of the COVID crisis through emergency orders was extreme and may now be even more so.
As a result, he said, Minnesotans must learn to live safely under what are likely to be recurring bouts of the pandemic. He said it was time to let the Legislature — mostly the Republican Senate — take the lead in managing the crisis. He agreed to relinquish his emergency powers earlier this year as part of a hard-fought budget agreement with Senate Republicans.
He said he isn’t likely to try to reinstate emergency powers, saying the partisanship that would arise would be “counterproductive.” It’s a sad but likely true state of affairs. But he also suggested that maybe the…