One of the legitimate concerns and scariest aspects about the dawn of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 was that we didn't know what we didn't know.
As we repeated over and over again last year - as the risk of the virus was downplayed and then reversed, as potential astronomic death projections were announced and later lowered, as masks were pooh-poohed and then mandated - there was no playbook.
The left and their national media handmaidens, having been unable to take down then-President Donald Trump with a Russia investigation and two political impeachment charges, saw an opening with the virus. Somehow, some way, they would make it all Trump's fault - the virus's arrival, its spread, the uncertainty about how to treat it, its deaths.
In a presidential election year, the ploy worked.