Something that I always admire for its wisdom is truly shining through in this coronavirus crisis. That something is federalism. Picture the end of last week. While markets were turbulent, Vice President Pence worked with Gov. Cuomo. Separately, President Trump and Gov. Gavin Newsom had a lengthy phone call. Both calls focused on working out things to make life better despite the virus.

Specifically, Gov. Newsom was put on the record:

The far-left governor, who has previously clashed with President Trump on such issues as sanctuary states, said in a press conference Monday that “every single thing he said, they followed through on,” referring to the President’s promised assistance in dealing with the quarantined Grand Princess cruise ship. Twenty-one passengers on the ship have been confirmed to have contracted the virus.

At the press conference, Newsom also said that President Trump promised him, in a private meeting, that California would “have my support, all of our support, logistically and otherwise.” Newsom added that the President said “everything that I could have hoped for.”

The federal government has a hefty bag of tools that the states and municipalities don’t have. The NIAID, the NIH and the CDC are major parts of that toolbox.

What the federal government doesn’t have is the on-the-ground information required to deploy those tools efficiently. They require boots-on-the-ground to pinpoint the hotspots where those tools are best deployed. That’s where governors, working in conjunction with municipalities, especially health agencies and community partners, can direct resources to the right locations.

When operations get really high grades, government mixes in the private sector where their expertise is most needed and their assets are most helpful. About 15 minutes into this video, President Trump started calling CEOs and corporate presidents to the microphone:

This is how the Founders envisioned the system working. That’s what we should expect, too. The key is to keep government limited enough to do things well. We don’t want government to do more than it’s capable of doing. Asking corporate partners to assist at the right times helps, too.

Thus far, President Trump has made lots of great decisions. Shutting down travel with China and Europe have been the best decisions because they greatly slowed the spread of the virus. That can’t be overemphasized. Some of his communications could’ve been better. That being said, making great decisions are infinitely more important than great communications.

Joe Biden’s accusations of xenophobia were highly partisan. He looked small as a result of them. President Trump hasn’t engaged in partisan sniping, which has helped him grade out highly during this crisis.

The other person who’s grading out highly is Vice President Pence. He’s been a pillar since being given the responsibility of running the task force. He’s answered all questions while making great decision and while interacting with 50 governors and multiple agencies. Frankly, he’s set a high standard for 2024.

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