No politician (or person) under those circumstances gets every decision right. (Yes, this includes President Donald Trump — despite his assertions of how incredibly well he and his administration are doing in response to the virus.)
The key to real leadership in the time of coronavirus, then, is not to make every call right. It’s to know when you go too far — or not far enough — and correct your course.
There was a public outcry. And DeWine heard it — and evolved.
Most politicians wouldn’t do that. Admit an error, acknowledge it and note that he still thinks the best policy is to err on the side of safety. Because they would think that admitting error would open a Pandora’s box in terms of people questioning their leadership and ability to make key decisions.
The Point: DeWine is blazing a path on how to lead — and listen — in dealing with a challenge the likes of which the country has never seen before. More politicians — Republicans and Democrats — should look to his blueprint for guidance.