The new Ebola battle isn’t between health care workers and the disease itself, but between the federal government and the states.
The Obama Administration is pushing New Jersey governor Chris Christie and New York governor Andrew Cuomo to rescind their mandatory 21-day quarantine for anyone arriving from West Africa who has had contact with Ebola patients. Their quarantine announcement took the feds (and New York City) by surprise.
Meanwhile, Illinois and Florida have joined the quarantine.
Good luck getting Christie or Cuomo to budge. Christie is running for president and can’t be seen as caving to Obama. Cuomo is up for re-election in a week and can’t be seen as weak and indecisive, as pushed by Christie and then pulled by Obama. He may also run for president, so he has to seem tough.
If you want to run for office as a Republican, it helps not to be gay. So it was bad enough for Dan Rutherford, Illinois’ State Treasurer and a GOP candidate for governor, that he’s just been sued by a male staffer for sexual harassment.
Now comes the disclosure that Rutherford has a history of sharing hotel rooms with his male executive assistant. He says he was just trying to save money.
Crazy Congressman Allen West of Florida lost to Patrick Murphy.
Ignorant Congressman Joe Walsh of Illinois, who opposed a “life of the mother” exception to an abortion ban because he said women’s lives are never threatened by pregnancy, lost to Iraq War vet Tammy Duckworth, who lost both her legs while serving as a helicopter pilot there.
And Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin will become the first openly gay member of the U. S. Senate, having defeated Tommy Thompson. I was thinking of you, Butters, when I wrote “openly.”
Rick Santorum made an amazing campaign ad today. Unfortunately, it wasn’t an ad for his campaign, it was a gift to Mitt and Obama. Maybe Newtie will provide a blue Tiffany’s box and white bow for it.
Campaigning in Illinois on the eve of their primary, Santorum said, “I don’t care what the unemployment rate’s going to be. Doesn’t matter to me.”
Because the man has bigger fish to fry, people — birth control and pornography.
This just confirms the narrative that the GOP offers two types of candidates — those like Mitt who care about rich people, and those like Santorum who care about social issues. And nobody who worries about the economic struggles of working people.
Here’s something cringe-worthy from Ann Romney campaigning in Illinois today:
“And I love it that women are upset, too, that women are talking about the economy, I love that. Women are talking about jobs, women are talking about deficit spending. Thank you, women. We need you. We all need you in November, too. We have to remember why we’re upset and what we’ve got to do to fix things.”
Wow, women are worrying their pretty little heads about deficit spending. Can you imagine? It must be all that “college” they’ve been going to, you know the place where they hand out birth control pills. Some of the sluts must be reading economics textbooks in between one sex partner and the next.
I’m guessing the same person wrote this who wrote that tone-deaf crap Mitt spouted in Puerto Rico. That person shouldn’t be fired, he or she should be shot. Don’t you just feel as if you’ve been patted on the head, as if you’re five years old?
Don’t worry, Ann, I’ll remember why I’m upset. And I’ll be hearing so much more from the GOP between now and November to remind me.