I dunno what is going on, but suddenly Republicans are getting serious about vaccinations and they are naming and blaming the unvaccinated:
“…Folks are supposed to have common sense. But it’s time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks, not the regular folks. It’s the unvaccinated folks that are letting us down,” Ivey told reporters in Birmingham.
Alabama is the least vaccinated state in the country, with roughly 33.9% of residents fully vaccinated, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Average daily Covid-19 cases in Alabama are nearly double what they were a week ago, and more than four times higher than they were two weeks ago.
And then David ‘Axis of Evil’ Frum:
“Compassion should always be the first reaction to vaccine hesitation. Maybe some unvaccinated people have trouble getting time off work to deal with side effects, maybe they are disorganized, maybe they are just irrationally anxious. But there’s no getting around the truth that some considerable number of the unvaccinated are also behaving willfully and spitefully.”
“Yes, they have been deceived and manipulated by garbage TV, toxic Facebook content, and craven or crazy politicians. But these are the same people who keep talking about ‘personal responsibility.’ In the end, the unvaccinated person himself or herself has decided to inflict a preventable and unjustifiable harm upon family, friends, neighbors, community, country, and planet.”
Our pals over at Electoral-Vote suggest that the GOP might be waking up to the fact that they are killing off their own voters!
“…This is actually one of the most common questions we get for the Saturday mailbag: Could the anti-vaxx sentiment in red states cost the Republican Party dearly at the ballot box? To answer that with any degree of specificity requires projection skills that are beyond our pay grade (and our staff geographer just ran off to join the circus). However, we can tell you this: 38,566 Floridians, to take one example, have succumbed to COVID. The U.S. Senate race there in 2018 was decided by a little more than 10,000 votes. The gubernatorial election that year was decided by a little more than 30,000 votes. Clearly, COVID isn’t going to take a red or purple state and make it sapphire blue. But if the Sunshine State has another spike and/or if it turns out that those who perished were, say, 2-to-1 Republican, then that could indeed be enough to affect a close election.
“And, in any event, it doesn’t matter if there is an actual demographic-political risk to Republicans running around unvaccinated. All that matters is if prominent Republicans think there is a risk. And some of them do. If that’s what it takes to get them on the side of public health, then great. Of course, the fellow who could do the most good here is Trump. If he his persuaded that coming out strong for vaccination will bring glory to him, or that it will help his electoral prospects, he might just record the PSA that so many in the media have pleaded for. It seems unlikely but, then, so did Hannity coming out as pro-vaxx.
So better late than never, maybe?