Bad News for Republicans As Americans Have Confidence in Government To Deal with Ebola


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There is “overwhelming confidence in the federal government’s ability to prevent a nationwide epidemic,” according to a new CNN/ORC International Poll.

“More than 7 in 10 Americans say the federal government can stop an Ebola epidemic, and 54% believe the federal government is doing a “good job” in addressing the disease.”


Yes, the media hysteria has had an effect, as 8 in 10 believe that a new person will be diagnosed with Ebola in the coming weeks, however 53% think that healthcare workers and hospitals in their community are ready to treat an Ebola case.

But, and here’s the bad news for Republicans, only 26% believe that someone in their area will get Ebola in the next few weeks. Republicans gave up running against Obamacare when it turned out that Americans liked their Obamacare, leaving them with essentially nothing to run on as they refuse to tell the public any details about their platform.

Joe Sonka reported days ago for Insider Louisville that Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told the Rotary Club, “I’m not announcing what the agenda would be in advance. We’re not in the majority yet. We’ll have more to say about that later.” Oh, so he’ll tell you where he stands and what the Republicans are going to do with our laws and stuff AFTER the election. He also mentioned his effort to “fix” Social Security Bush’s way (aka, privatizing Social Security) at the Rotary Club, and presumably privatizing Social Security is something the Republican Senate Minority Leader would rather not discuss in the spotlight until after the election. Wink wink.

This leaves Republicans with the only choice of going negative and fear based, so last week they were trying to run on ISIL (and still are, selling themselves as the party that will magically keep you safe, in stark contrast to the facts – see 9/11) and now, Ebola.

Embattled governors are grasping onto Ebola like a lifeline, trying to show leadership even if it means stealing liberty and freedom from Americans while ignoring science and medicine just so that they can appear to be strong. Chris Christie (R-NJ) has made a bit of a fool of himself over it, locking a nurse up in a tent with no shower and a porta potty type enclosure for a bathroom. Georgia Republican Governor Nathan Deal announced today that Georgia (my italics) “could quarantine ‘high-risk’ travelers from areas ravaged by Ebola even if they show no symptoms of the deadly virus.”

It’s not just Republicans grasping hold of Ebola as their Hail Mary in a tough election. A scattering of Democratic governors are at it as well. It’s just that Republicans have nothing else to talk about or run on, so it stands out in relief with them.

Republican Obama hunter Darrell Issa tried to use a weather app to show Obama how it’s done on Ebola, because he seems to be short on facts and long on entertainment. The apps that actually take our temperatures (unlike the weather app) are for “entertainment” purposes only, much as the Congressman himself.

CNN Polling Director Keating Holland drove the knife in, “Most Americans seem to recognize that they are not in personal jeopardy themselves. In fact, the vast majority of Americans probably don’t know anyone who has ever been to West Africa.”

Whatever will Republicans do?

The federal government might just steal this show in spite of being underfunded and obstructed by Republicans, by showing the purpose of the federal government. This could remind voters that while we might get frustrated with government’s inefficiencies, we don’t really want to shut that show down.

Nope. When Ebola comes calling, President Obama’s calm, rational, science based approach works. The country has faith in the federal government to prevent an epidemic, even after much hysteria and hang-wringing, pearl-clutching nay-saying by increasingly desperate Republicans.

10 Replies to “Bad News for Republicans As Americans Have Confidence in Government To Deal with Ebola”

  1. I will trust President Obama to handle a crisis over any Republican out there. Of course the press will not give him any credit for anything.

  2. but benghazi!!!

    meanwhile 3000 died today from smoking, obesity, and alcohol related issues… oh and those pesky guns, too… big mortality maker…

  3. In spite of every effort made by some GOPTP politicians, pundits, blog owners, radio entertainers, TV talking heads, etc, along with some weak-kneed dems, a majority of Americans have rejected their fear-mongering.

    Now, this is the America I know and love!

    My patience is short when it comes to individuals who play at being brave but fall apart at the first sign of trouble. If I’m going down, I’m going down fighting.

    I did not survive Jim Crow in the South in the 1950s just to fall prey to fears about ISIS, Ebola, Agenda 21, the New World Order, or anything else! Hell, I’ve had to deal with some really tough situations in my 60+ years, and the reason I’m still standing is because I have always refused to give in to fear of any kind, so peddle on, fear-mongers, peddle on. I’m going to do what I’ve always done, stop listening to you and go in search of answers and experts I can trust.

  4. See. This is proof that being calm, cool and collected in a time of crisis works instead of using total fear and absolute panic.

    They’ll never give Obama any credit for doing the right thing here, but I am. Good for our President to be calm in a time of chaos.

  5. Joni Earnest and Ted Cruz are scarier than Ebola for this country. Our President is right in sending resources to assist the battle in West Africa. His response is not only morally and ethically correct, it is scientifically appropriate. He is the true Christian.

  6. Barack Obama displayed inspiring leadership on Friday. He also promoted public health, fought bigotry, and helped calm raging paranoia. His heroic act? He hugged somebody.

    Nina Pham, the first person to be infected with Ebola within the United States, had just been declared disease-free and discharged from the National Institutes of Health. Obama is a rational, science-friendly guy, so he knew she wasn’t any danger to him. It didn’t take courage to hug her.

    And yet, another modern president failed a similar test. Facing the greatest public health crisis of his administration, Ronald Reagan was not heroic. He was a dithering coward.

    The hateful, homophobic, racist response to the AIDS crisis is one of the most shameful episodes in recent American history.
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  7. Sometimes the truth just smacks you upside your head and you still say HUH?


    Right-wingers criticize President Obama for not imposing tough restrictions on people seeking to come to the U.S. from Ebola-stricken countries. But what if Obama’s first response to Ebola fears had been exactly what conservatives are demanding?

    I think they’d be denouncing the very policies they’re now supporting.

    Right-wingers hate Obama. To them, by definition, everything he does is wrong. Why would a tough policy from his administration — a flight ban, or exclusion of those with West African visas, or mandatory quarantines even for the asymptomatic — have been any different?
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  8. Oh, I see we are being heavily visited by the other team who obviously disagrees with facts and truth. Can they be more obvious? [WINK]

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