This passage from Hot Air sums up the current administration-friendly rhetoric over Ebola and quarantines nicely. Short version: the nurse who went overseas to treat Ebola patients, came back, had a fever, got isolated while they tested her, was released to Maine, and announced that she would be the judge of her own quarantining has just been told by Maine officials that no, they will be the judges. In other words, it’s only going to be voluntary if the volunteer volunteers. Hot Air is exasperated about the right thing, here:
In fact, there seems to be little that the administration and their media surrogates can agree on except for four things:
1. Chris Christie is a terrible person and we shouldn’t do anything he says.
2. Mandatory quarantines are insulting and bad for America.
3. We obviously need to go ahead and do exactly what Christie put in place.
4. But under no circumstances should we call it a mandatory quarantine.
And let me be blunt, for the record: if you went to West Africa to treat Ebola patients, thank you very much. I mean that, sincerely. Good job. Now go get into quarantine. Because – again, bluntly – at this point I don’t really trust medical personnel to make smart decisions about their own health circumstances. And forgive me for saying this*, but I have good reasons for that.
The city’s first Ebola patient initially lied to authorities about his travels around the city following his return from treating disease victims in Africa, law-enforcement sources said.
Dr. Craig Spencer at first told officials that he isolated himself in his Harlem apartment — and didn’t admit he rode the subways, dined out and went bowling until cops looked at his MetroCard the sources said.
“He told the authorities that he self-quarantined. Detectives then reviewed his credit-card statement and MetroCard and found that he went over here, over there, up and down and all around,” a source said.
I’m not going to play this game anymore. Ebola is no respecter of persons, classes, and/or ideological leanings: and I got kids. And, to be really blunt: I have zero sympathy for anybody who finds that sitting in isolation for a few weeks is seriously hampering their anticipated enjoyable basking in the Left’s latest moral equivalent of war, as Jonah Goldberg likes to put it. Which is increasingly the vibe that I’m getting off of some of the people pounding the table on this topic right now.
Moe Lane (crosspost)
PS: My colleague streiff has a somewhat different article on this topic: he’s rather harder on Chris Christie than I would have been, but his basic point on how this administration treats the folks doing the Left’s latest moral equivalent of war (to wit, better than the folks who fight our actual wars) is highly sound.
*Actually, I don’t care if you do forgive me or not.