E.J. Dionne writes that national fears about Ebola have been unduly politicized by Republicans. Dionne contends that Republicans are turning “fear into a closing argument.”
“It’s something else again to stoke alarm and to set up an unrealistic policy demand as a test of ‘toughness.’ (Yes, those quotation marks are intended to convey the cynicism involved.)”
But Paul Waldman, in the Washington Post, places an equal amount of blame on Democrats, who, he contends, are lacking in courage.
“Wouldn’t it be nice if a Democratic candidate or two had the guts to stand up and say: ‘Look, everybody needs to calm down?'”
“It isn’t as though it would be outlandish for a Democrat running for Senate or governor to look for some political advantage in being the level-headed one.”
“I won’t bother going over all the reasons why we shouldn’t be terrified of a disease that has to date infected two out of 316 million of us. But Democrats might consider the possibility that being rational might actually turn out to be politically smart.”Save to Favorites