This says it all pretty bluntly:
…which makes some context for this news from the WaPo:
“More than 856,000 doses were administered Friday, the highest daily figure since July 3…
“Vaccine-hesitant pockets of the country turned hot spots, including Louisiana, experienced a 114 percent increase in uptake, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Arkansas recorded a 96 percent increase, Alabama, 65 percent, and Missouri, 49 percent.”
Digby sez that recent polling that indicates that a vaccine mandate —instead of the piecemeal employer issued mandates— would be widely popular. That said, I’m sure the nihilism of the Republicans will continue until someone shuts the casket. Case in point from the always reprehensible Andrew Sullivan, who is glad to judge EVERYONE as lacking his own moral Ayn Randian clarity: Let it Rip
“We are at a stage in this pandemic when we are trying to persuade the hold-outs — disproportionately white Republicans/evangelicals and urban African-Americans — to get vaccinated. How do we best do this? Endless, condescending nagging won’t help. Coercion is not an option in a free country. Since the vaccinated appear to be able to transmit the virus as well, vaccine passports lose their power to remove all risk. Forcing all the responsible people to go back to constraining their everyday lives for the sake of the vaccine-averse is both unfair and actually weakens the incentive to get a vaccine, because it lowers the general risk of getting it in the broader society.
“So the obviously correct public policy is to let mounting sickness and rising deaths concentrate the minds of the recalcitrant. Let reality persuade the delusional and deranged. It has a pretty solid record of doing just that.
“The government cannot be held responsible for sickness and death it has already provided the means to avoid. People are responsible for their own lives.”