All Nevada’s living former governors, practicing what the state called “aggressive social distancing protocols,” recorded a public service announcement from their homes to tell everyone to stay home for Nevada. Well, almost all. Former Gov. Jim Gibbons … is safe and sound at home, hopefully!
Anyway, here’s the PSA.
— @NVHealthResponse (@NVHealthRespon1) March 24, 2020
Gov. Steve Sisolak retweeted the video, because of course he did, using the octothorpe, er pound sign, er, hashtag #AllInThisTogether.
In the spirit of being all in this together, perhaps the good folks at R&R Partners, who appear to have put this PSA together in their capacity as the official unofficial advertising/government affairs agency for the state of Nevada, could make another one. Specifically, something that might reach across the bizarre political divide that even a society-altering pandemic hasn’t been able to close.
Former Republican Gov. Bob List, and all the former governors, must be thanked for appearing in the PSA released Tuesday. But List was governor from 1979 to 1983, and unless they are particularly active in a) certain sub-segments of Nevada Republican Party politics, or b) efforts to bring nuclear waste to Yucca Mountain, rank and file Republicans in this our era of Trump may not be, well, motivated by Bob List.
Former Gov. Brian Sandoval is also a Republican. But he raised taxes and was the first GOP governor in the U.S. to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, and he left office with a reputation among the party’s stalwarts as, you know, RINO. And as for Republican Jim Gibbons, he’s … safe and sound at home, hopefully!
To reach today’s Republicans, who are getting, shall we say, mixed messages from their president, a public service announcement should feature today’s Republicans. With today’s Democrats.
So, a modest proposal — or maybe it’s more of a challenge than a proposal: A video PSA featuring Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak and his opponent in 2018, Republican Adam Laxalt, as well as Nevada Democratic Sen. Jacky Rosen and her 2018 opponent, former Republican Sen. Dean Heller. For good measure, might as well toss in respective state party chairs, Democratic William McCurdy and Republican Michael McDonald. All of them telling Nevadans to stay home.
If we’re all in this together, let’s all be in this together, no?