And maybe parents who are desperate to see their kids resume their interrupted educations, and worshippers eager to find some solace during tough times, should place more weight on their own decision-making skills than on those of politicians. They, after all, are struggling to do their imperfect best by themselves and their families. They’ll make mistakes, of course, but those mistakes will be on a small scale, and made in the course of attempting to do the right thing.
By contrast, Cuomo seems best-skilled at consuming camera time while inflicting widespread pain and engaging in political combat. His track record necessarily casts a shadow over every word he utters and each new mandate he gives.
When asked about the double standard in June, Mr. de Blasio called protests and religious services “apples and oranges” and said the former are more important and deserve privileges denied to the latter. That’s how he and Mr. Cuomo could allow and praise huge protests against the police this summer, but bar 11 Jews from praying together today.