John Heilemann visited Hardball tonight to join in the attempts to figure out exactly what Rick Perry was thinking when he gave this speech. Was he merely impersonating Alec Baldwin parodying him? Nope, folks, this gold appears to be genuine. “Whimsical” was Chris Matthews’s word to describe the now-viral video, whereas Heilemann went with “goofy.” “If you are trying to put the most positive spin on it you would say that he has been flat and wooden and sort of dead up until now, and he is trying to revivify himself in a folksy, loose, charming way,” Heilemann said. That, or Perry’s hoping to scoot in as a last-minute choice for your topical Halloween costume.
On Wednesday evening, @FirstLadyVA and I were notified that a member of our official residence staff had developed symptoms and tested positive for #COVID19. We both received PCR nasal swab tests yesterday and both tested positive.
Pam is experiencing mild symptoms, and I am asymptomatic. Per @VDHgov guidelines, we will isolate at home for 10 days and then reevaluate our symptoms. I am in constant contact with my cabinet and staff, and will continue working from the Executive Mansion.
As I have been reminding Virginians throughout this crisis, #COVID19 is very real and very contagious. We are grateful for your thoughts and support, but the best thing you can do for us—and most importantly, for your fellow Virginians—is to take this virus seriously.