Several top Democrats have come under criticism in recent days…

Several top Democrats have come under criticism in recent days for violating the coronavirus restrictions they imposed on their own states and cities in hopes of curbing the spread of the pandemic.
California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomBiden: ‘Difficult decision’ to staff administration with House, Senate membersDon’t let ‘experts’ ruin your Thanksgiving The fuzzy math behind state and local bailoutsMORE (D) was photographed attending a dinner party at the French Laundry, one of the nations priciest restaurants, with a group of prominent lobbyists, including several who represent the California Medical Association. The photos show no one in the large party wearing a mask.
Newsom apologized a few days later.
I want to apologize to you because I need to preach and practice, not just preach and not practice, and Ive done my best to do that, Newsom said.
Newsom is self-quarantining after a student at one of his childrens schools tested positive for the coronavirus another sore spot for critics who are frustrated that most California students are not learning in person.
His kids can learn in person. But yours cant. He can celebrate birthday parties. But you cant, San Diego Mayor Kevin FaulconerKevin FaulconerCalling all mayorsMORE (R), a potential Newsom rival in 2022, wrote on Twitter.
His kids can learn in person. But yours cant.
He can celebrate birthday parties. But you cant.
He can dine on a $350 meal at one Californias fanciest restaurants during the worst recession in generations. But you definitely cant.
Can you believe this? I cant. https://t.co/lmRBWh9rpS
Kevin Faulconer (@Kevin_Faulconer) November 14, 2020
In New York, Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoNew York City to add COVID-19 checkpoints at bridges, crossingsDon’t let ‘experts’ ruin your Thanksgiving Cuomo reverses on in-person Thanksgiving plans with familyMORE (D) said Monday that his 89-year-old mother and two of his daughters would travel to his residence in Albany for Thanksgiving, after urging residents to avoid travel that might cause a spike in cases over the holiday.
His arrogance and hypocrisy knows no bounds, Rep. Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikCuomo reverses on in-person Thanksgiving plans with familyWomen of both parties must seize the momentumA louder voice for women everywhereMORE (R-N.Y.) wrote on Twitter. Do as I say, not as I do. Rules for thee, but not for me.
This is one of the many reasons why Cuomo is the WORST Governor in America.
His arrogance and hypocrisy knows no bounds.
Do as I say, not as I do.
Rules for thee, but not for me.
Family for me, but none for you.
A despised, hypocritical, tyrannical, hubris-laden Governor https://t.co/WLvF5vdypx
Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) November 23, 2020
Richard Azzopardi, Cuomos senior advisor, said in a statement to reporters just hours after his remarks that the family dinner had been canceled.
As the governor said, he had been discussing seeing his mother with two of his daughters for a four person Thanksgiving in accordance with all state issued guidance, but as he also said the plans were still changing and given the current circumstances with COVID, he will have to work through Thanksgiving and will not be seeing them, Azzopardi said. Dont tell his mom she doesnt know yet.
Less than two hours after @NYGovCuomo said in a radio interview that his 89-year-old mother, Matilda, would join him for Thanksgiving, senior adviser @RichAzzopardi now says the Democratic governors plans have changed he will be working on the holiday.
Full statement here > pic.twitter.com/VzTrd0F5Ld
Jimmy Vielkind (@JimmyVielkind) November 23, 2020
Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel BowserMuriel BowserThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC – Trump OKs transition; Biden taps Treasury, State experienceDC limits indoor dining, gatheringsThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC – Trump, Biden clash over transition holdup, pandemic plansMORE (D) also took criticism for attending an Election Night celebration for President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenMinnesota certifies Biden victoryTrump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: reportBiden says staff has spoken with Fauci: ‘He’s been very, very helpful’MORE in Wilmington, Del. Washingtons rules require anyone traveling to a potential hotspot quarantine for two weeks when they return to the city. Delaware is included among those hot spots, but Bowser declined to quarantine, calling the trip essential travel.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D), a resident of Chicago, has declined to say whether he will follow Chicago Mayor Lori LightfootLori LightfootNo thank you, Dr. FauciStates split on COVID-19 responses as cases surgeChicago mayor defends joining pro-Biden crowd amid COVID-19 surgeMOREs (D) advisory against Thanksgiving travel. And Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSpending deal clears obstacle in shutdown fightOcasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People ‘going hungry as you tweet from’ vacationRep. Rick Allen tests positive for COVID-19MORE (D-Calif.) canceled a planned dinner for incoming first-term lawmakers after backlash against an event that would have crammed dozens of people into an indoor, poorly-ventilated space.
Violating orders or even recommendations could have negative effects on a states efforts to slow the spread of the virus, experts said, because most of those orders are not enforced by police. Instead, they require citizens to follow rules of their own volition.
When leaders break their own rules, they send a message that people should not take those rules seriously, said John Pitney, a political scientist at Claremont McKenna College and a former top spokesman at the Republican National Committee. Thats always unfortunate. In this situation, its dangerous. It enables people to rationalize risky behavior.
Some epidemiologists said the lapses are the most prominent examples of the pandemic fatigue that weighs so heavily after months of lockdown and isolation.
Were human beings, were going to screw up, and the best thing to do after youve screwed up is to admit that youve screwed up, apologize and explain why you messed up, said Christine Petersen, an epidemiologist at the University of Iowa. We all know that this is really hard and it sucks.
Fewer Republican governors have been caught violating their own orders in large part because they have not implemented the same kinds of restrictions that public health experts say are critical to curbing the spread of a deadly virus.
Some, including Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) and Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R), have flouted expert advice against indoor dining and joining large crowds; both Stitt and Parson contracted the virus and recovered.
President TrumpDonald John TrumpMinnesota certifies Biden victoryTrump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: reportRepublican John James concedes in Michigan Senate raceMORE has routinely flouted even the most basic advice from his public health experts, holding large indoor rallies during the campaign and at least two events at the White House his nomination of Justice Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettMcConnell pushed Trump to nominate Barrett on the night of Ginsburg’s death: reportFederal appeals court sides with Texas, Louisiana efforts to cut Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid fundingThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC – Trump OKs transition; Biden taps Treasury, State experienceMORE and an Election Night party that appear to have been super-spreader events. Trump himself was hospitalized for several days after contracting the virus.
American politicians are far from alone in lapsed judgement. Dominic Cummings, a top advisor to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, broke a travel ban to visit family in May. New Zealand Health Minister David Clark called himself an idiot for leaving home in April. Top leaders in Scotland, Japan, South Africa, India and Spain have all faced criticism for bending the rules.
The coronavirus pandemic that has so far killed more than a quarter million Americans is surging toward its highest peak yet, as the United States records more than 100,000 new cases each day. Many governors, especially those who have enforced the strictest lockdowns, have seen their poll numbers skyrocket as constituents reward them for taking action.
But those who violate their own orders are almost certain to be reminded of their transgressions in campaigns ahead.
People remember. It wont be the biggest issue in the next campaign, but it will be an issue, Pitney said. Expect the French Laundry to show up in GOP attack ads.