Ebola is on the minds of just about every American these days and one has to wonder if it’s the 2014 midterm elections will be greatly impacted by what’s transpiring before our eyes. It seems that once again, President Obama and his advisers have grossly miscalculated the risks involved with the Ebola virus landing on our doorsteps. It must be pretty bad if President Obama cancelled his fundraising trip to call an emergency meeting at the White House.
This comes as a second nurse, Amber Vinson, who cared for patient zero, Thomas Eric Duncan, tested positive for the Ebola virus. To make matters worse, she returned from Cleveland, OH, on October 13, then tested positive for the virus the following day. Airline stocks have taken a huge tumble on Ebola fears today and the broader stock market has fallen about 300 points. My question is this — why was Amber Vinson allowed to travel by plane when she was among the group of medical professionals at risk of contracting the disease because of care given to Duncan? Who is the genius who didn’t bother to tell her that traveling was a no-no? Sounds like the Centers for Disease Control, among others dropped the ball. They are now searching for the passengers who traveled on Frontier Airlines Flight 1143 with Amber Vinson.
All the missteps have landed squarely in President Obama’s lap, right in time for the midterm exams. Coming off the abysmal Obamacare roll-out, this has been one blunder after the next. But the Republicans shouldn’t celebrate because of them, we don’t have a surgeon general. Sen. Rand Paul is holding up the confirmation of Vivek Murthy over his stance on guns.
The mounting anxiety has made politicians extra attentive to Ebola, with candidates seizing on the spread of the virus to hammer their opponents.
The issue is particularly fraught for Democrats, given signs that President Obama’s dragging poll numbers could help Republicans take control of the Senate. Though Ebola is unlikely to move the needle in specific races, political strategists say it adds to the darkening public mood.
“The situation with Ebola and what’s going on in Syria and Iraq — all of this is creating a high level of anxiety among voters and a sense of uncertainty about the future,” said Democratic strategist Doug Thornell.
Both parties are seizing on the Ebola crisis to reinforce broader political themes.
Democrats are pinning blame on the GOP, arguing the party has hobbled the response by supporting budget cuts to public health agencies that anticipate and respond to epidemics.
Republicans, in turn, are raising questions about the administration’s preparedness and pushing Obama to impose tougher restrictions on air travel from the three West African countries that are at the center of the outbreak: Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Source: The Hill
While I don’t think Amber Vinson will be the last person to test positive for Ebola in the U.S., I would urge the Obama administration and the CDC to get in front of this before it spirals out of control and cause mass hysteria. He handled the Superstorm Sandy disaster well, but it seems that it’s bungling time again — Syria redline, Obamacare rollout, ISIS and now Ebola…