There are days that I’m convinced that MSNBC is directed by Chuck Jones.
Today is one of those days, as MSNBC’s liberal sycophants Krystal Ball and Anne Thompson decided that the Center For Disease Control’s incompetent and delayed response to the nation’s first confirmed case of Ebola in Dallas, Texas, couldn’t be the fault of the Obama Administration.
This is the same White House which still refuses to stop direct flights from west African countries where the virus is running rampant, and which nuked quarantine rules in 2010.
No, there must be someone beside the actual people responsible to blame… and the MSNBC decided that the National Rifle Association was the scapegoat they hated most.
Every day brings more details about the first case of the Ebola virus to be diagnosed in the U.S. And while experts say there is essentially no risk of a significant outbreak here in the states, much of the public remains worried. A poll by Harvard found that 39% of U.S. adults are concerned about a large outbreak here, and more than a quarter fear someone in their immediate family could get sick with Ebola.
If only there was someone around who could educate the American public about the actual level of risk. Someone who was trusted as a public health expert and whose job it was to help us understand what we really need to worry about and what precautions we should take.
Actually, that is one of the primary responsibilities of the United States surgeon general. There’s just one problem: Thanks to Senate dysfunction and NRA opposition, we don’t have a surgeon general right now. In fact, we haven’t had a surgeon general for more than a year now — even though the president nominated the eminently qualified Dr. Vivek Murthy back in November 2013.
Yes, they’re quite serious in their attempt to scapegoat the NRA for the Administration’s incompetent response to the Ebola outbreak, even though the position of Surgeon General is largely a ceremonial public relations role and does not have anything at all do do with how the CDC should be following outbreak protocols.
In the real world, 10 Senate Democrats opposed Murthy’s thin and pandering resume along with Senate Republicans. Murthy’s nomination was shot down because he was (and is) a pandering politician-physician pushing “social justice” through medicine and there were literally hundreds of better candidates for the position who had far more experience and credibility.
Jazz Shaw at Hot Air is quick to mock MSNBC’s absurd blamecasting:
I suppose there is some value to having the Surgeon General on hand to go on television and talk to Americans about Ebola, the mechanisms for transmission, precautions to be taken and related subjects. Of course, anyone from the staff currently in place could be assigned to do the same job. But the idea that only a political appointee at the cabinet level can fill this void is rather laughable.
What this really comes down to is an essentially shameless example of someone trying to use an actual threat to the well being of the country to score political points in an election season. Vivek Murthy is still sitting on the sidelines for a few reasons, but the authors of this piece should remind us that his interest in political pandering over true medical issues is the key roadblock.
Perhaps Obama should nominate Wayne LaPierre for Surgeon General. while he isn’t a doctor, he does have a track record of effective leadership, which is something certainly lacking in the Administration right now.