It’s one thing for regular people to panic over Ebola, but Rand Paul has no excuse to stoke those fears.
Brian Beutler had a great piece in The New Republic a few days ago calling out Republican Senator Rand Paul for whipping up public panic about Ebola on the campaign trail in New Hampshire after he implied that you could get Ebola from going to the wrong cocktail party.
There is already a lot of unnecessary and unhelpful panic about the disease out there so anybody adding to it is really isn’t doing us any favors. But with Rand Paul it’s even worse, he is after all both a United States Senator and a doctor so he has absolutely no excuse for stoking fears over a disease that is being contained pretty well, at least so far. Beutler sums this up pretty succinctly:
It would be one thing if Paul was trying to advise the public, however clumsily, not to conclude that Ebola is less infectious than it is. But instead, he suggested that people ought to be nervous about picking it up at generic social gatherings. Washington is famous for its cozy cocktail parties, but I’ve never heard of one where a guest was conspicuously unable to control multiple bodily functions next to the punch bowl, after which everyone else in attendance was placed into a three-week quarantine…
Paul, who likes to tout his medical credentials, knows that the likelihood of picking up Ebola at a cocktail party is infinitesimal, but he served up that possibility anyhow, on a campaign stop.
It’s bad enough that pundits like Marc Thiessen are trying to whipped up fears that terrorists might be infecting your door knob in particular with Ebola. What do you really expect from a guy who used to be a speech writer for Donald Rumsfeld after all?
Paul on the other hand is a doctor and he knows better than this. There really is no excuse for this type of behavior, especially from someone who appears to want to be president.
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