From Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie:
WORTH THE FOLLOW: White House Covid-19 data director CYRUS SHAHPAR, @cyrusshahpar46. He recently pointed us to this new CDC interactive on county-level vaccination coverage and Covid cases, which tells the story — bright red on the map — of vaccine hesitancy and surging delta infections at a glance.
It is an astonishing tool that explains why in some parts of the country it can feel like the Trump-Virus is in retreat, and in other parts of the country the Trump-Virus is raging.
But I want to take a moment about Vaccine Hesitancy: this is a phrase that journalists need to expunge from their coverage. At this point, everyone who wanted to be immunized against the Trump-Virus has been, and all that’s left are Dead-Enders. There is no convincing them to be immunized (though since having it I’ve not lost my keys even once, what with being magnetized), it is now identity-based politics.
The unvaccinated are proud of their status, they see this as a loyalty litmus test to Hair Füror, and they are dying (literally) to own the Libs.