Contributed by Suzanne Mead
Two big stories this week were vaccine mandates and the Texas anti-abortion law. Both offer opportunities to engage with voters with strong Democratic messaging. Joe Biden did a good job laying out his case against anti-vaxxers, but it will take the media and a vigilant army of Facebookers, Tweeters and talkers to counter the mass of disinformation.
Covid Cultural War
President Biden @joebiden
“We have the tools to combat COVID-19, and a distinct minority of Americans—supported by a distinct minority of elected officials—are keeping us from turning the corner…. We cannot allow these actions to stand in the way of protecting the large majority of Americans who have done their part and want to get back to life as normal. …We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin. And your refusal has cost all of us. So, please, do the right thing.”
American Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson @neiltyson
“In case anyone is curious. Right now in the USA every ten days, more than 8,000 (unvaccinated) Republican voters are dying of COVID-19. That’s 5x the rate for Democrats.”
Howard Stern @howard stern
Speaking on his SiriusXM satellite radio show about the recent deaths of several anti-vaxxer radio hosts, Howard Stern had a few harsh words to say:
"When are we gonna stop putting up with the idiots in this country and just say it's mandatory to get vaccinated? F--- 'em. F--- their freedom. I want my freedom to live. I want to get out of the house already. I want to go next door and play chess. I want to go take some pictures. This is bull----."
Dan Pfeifer, @danpfeiffer The Message Box
“Polling shows that more and more of the public is directing their pandemic ire at the unvaccinated. This is particularly true of the parents who are sending their kids back to school this month amidst an unexpected and entirely avoidable resurgence of the virus.”
“As Ron Brownstein pointed out in the Atlantic about the recent Axios/Ipsos poll:
Big majorities of the vaccinated in both parties assigned responsibility to the unvaccinated; almost two in three vaccinated Republicans joined nearly nine in 10 vaccinated Democrats in blaming them for the case rise.”