Report: Hell Done Froze Over, Y’all

(H/T Scissorhead Fran)

I dunno what is going on, but suddenly Republicans are getting serious about vaccinations and they are naming and blaming the unvaccinated:

Alabama Republican Gov. Ivey says ‘start blaming the unvaccinated folks’ for rise in Covid cases

“…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?

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15 Responses to Report: Hell Done Froze Over, Y’all

  1. Martin Pollard says:

    Ivey certainly gets no kudos from me for coming around on vaccines, because she’s still a hardcore Trumplican, with all the disgusting baggage the term implies. She went to war against COVID mitigation (preventing businesses from requiring vaccinations and cities and municipalities from imposing mask mandates) like so many other Trumplican governors, which is why Alabama is almost dead last in terms of vaccinations (but very high on the list of COVID surges, along with other COVID wastelands like Florida, Texas, and Missouri). She can climb aboard Bezos’s dick rocket on a one-way trip to the Sun.

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  2. Infidel753 says:

    From what little I’ve seen around the wingnutosphere in reaction to this (and Moscow Mitch’s recent similar statement), such exhortations won’t move the needle noticeably. The Trumpanzees are completely committed to the anti-vax narrative. Maybe after enough of them die, they’ll see the light, but that probably won’t happen until it’s in the millions.

    They’d probably listen if Trump himself started telling them to get vaccinated, but that doesn’t seem likely.

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    • osirisopto says:

      I agree, Infidel.

      The unwashed masses will see the newly converted as apostates and heretics.

      We’re looking at a potential loss of 24% of the population. It just happens to be the 24% I won’t miss.

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      • MDavis says:

        I’d revise this, roughly estimating –
        “We’re looking at a potential loss of 24% of the population. It just happens to be the 18% I won’t miss.”
        And, really? Twenty-Four percent? I guess this was hyperbole for effect. Probably.

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      • osirisopto says:

        MDavis – I’m talking about the infamous 24% of voters.

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  3. Oneofthebobs says:

    They rang the bell, now watch them try to unring it. Unfortunately, these assholes always seem to get more air time than the people who were right all along. Pretty soon the Sunday morning meat puppets will be asking them to advise us all on what to do next.

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  4. It’s the stonks dropping.

    And David Frum needs to go dwell in silence in the wilderness and contemplate his many sins fro a decade or three.

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  5. Ten Bears says:

    In another month they’ll be mask NAZIs …

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  6. sos says:

    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.

    Oh, you won’t BELIEVE the anxious, disorganized side effects of the actual COVID disease. And knock on effects to the health care system DUE to all that disorganized anxiety.

    Frum – shit in, shit out. Nothing to hear here.

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  7. bluzdude says:

    For the political anti-vaxxers to get the shot, they have to admit they’re wrong, at least to themselves. I just don’t see that happening. Ever.

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  8. Bruce388 says:

    From The Hill: “One of the last things they do before they’re intubated is beg me for the vaccine. I hold their hand and tell them that I’m sorry, but it’s too late,” Brytney Cobia, a hospitalist at Grandview Medical Center in Birmingham, wrote on Facebook this week.

    Gosh, if there had only been medical personnel, or someone with the sense god gave seafood, who could have told them about masks, social distancing, and vaccines.

    And Hannity loses another viewer.

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  9. roket says:

    Compassion should always be the first reaction to vaccine hesitation. And in order to show them my compassion in the same way they would show me compassion, I am telling all my conservative friends that this is fake news.

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  10. pagan in repose says:

    These are very selfish peoples people, they will do anything to survive. Just check under the bus for all the dead bodies of those sacrificed to save themselves all the while killing each other. Their catch phrase is “I’m killing you to save you, can’t you see that?” or “What, don’t you love me enough to let me kill you?”

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