Texas Democrats pull worst publicity stunt — ever

  

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Via:  texan1211  •  one week ago  •  12 comments

By:   Liz Peek, Opinion Contributor (MSN)

Texas Democrats pull worst publicity stunt — ever
Instead of berating Americans who have not been vaccinated, it would be wise for President Biden and the CDC to tell the American people why we are seeing a surge in COVID-19.

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© Twitter Democratic lawmakers leave Texas on a plane

Democratic lawmakers from Texas have staged one of the most catastrophic publicity stunts of all time.

In a quest to block the passage of a GOP-approved voting procedures bill, 51 Democratic legislators from Texas flew to Washington, D.C., aboard two chartered jets, posting selfies online showing the group elated, celebratory and also mask-less.

Soon after their arrival, several tested positive for COVID-19 despite, they claim, being fully vaccinated. Talk about a messaging disaster. Naturally, people are asking how so many people - it is now six of the fleeing Democrats - can come down with the coronavirus if they have already been vaccinated.

Other stories in the news compound the confusion. Yankees players seem to be dropping off the roster like flies because they've tested positive for the virus; most of them reportedly have been vaccinated, too.

In the UK, a nation with one of the highest vaccination rates, there has been a huge surge in infections. Some 88 percent of Brits have received at least one shot; 69 percent have taken two.

And - breaking news - staffers to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and in the White House have tested positive for COVID-19; they, too, are reportedly fully vaccinated.

What gives? Why isn't the Centers for Disease Control and Infection (CDC) or the Biden White House making sense of this? Biden talks about the pandemic being only "among the unvaccinated," but it appears the vaccinated are vulnerable, too.

Instead of explaining the conflicting trends, Biden accused Facebook of "killing people" because the social media giant hasn't managed to stomp out all vaccine "misinformation." (Biden later backed off that comment.) Isn't it reasonable to voice some skepticism about the vaccine if people are still getting sick?

We should all sympathize with anyone who is infected by the virus and hope they recover quickly. But given the left's politicization of the pandemic, it is amusing to find these self-congratulatory super-spreader Texans in a pickle.

Perhaps nothing is more important to Joe Biden's presidency than the success of the vaccine. He did not oversee, inspire or even applaud the creation of the vaccines - that was the job of President Trump's Operation Warp Speed.

In fact, people in his administration threw shade on the inoculations. Vice President Kamala Harris said she would not trust "Trump's vaccine." Little did she know that months later her boss's credibility would rest on dispelling the "hesitancy" sewn in part by her and other Democrats. Or, that she and her husband - the second gentleman - would criss-cross the country to convince people to get jabbed.

But Biden has taken credit for not only the vaccines but the ensuing reopening of the economy, job creation and growth.

But now the push to vaccinate Americans appears to have stalled, falling short of Biden's vow to get 70 percent of adults jabbed with at least one shot prior to July 4. The CDC reports that 66 percent of people over the age of 12 have been treated with at least one injection; 57 percent are fully vaccinated.

Many in the media are blaming Republicans for the sluggish uptake, suggesting that it is redneck know-nothings who are refusing the vaccine. A New York Times headline is typical: "Least Vaccinated U.S. Counties Have Something in Common: Trump Voters."

As a piece in Salon pointed out, conspiracy theorists about vaccines abound on the left and the right, and include such notable liberals as Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Rizza Islam, Dr. Rashid Buttar and Louis Farrakhan, who warned Black people from taking the vaccine because of its "links to Bill Gates and governmental sterilization plans."

After all, it has been reported that one-third of New York hospital workers are unvaccinated; in addition, about the same number of nursing home employees in the Empire State have refused the shot, despite the clear vulnerability of the population those workers serve. Call me crazy, but I don't imagine most of those folks are Republicans.

Instead of berating Americans who have not been vaccinated, or beating up on Facebook, it would be wise for President Biden and the CDC to tell the American people why we are seeing a surge in COVID-19 despite considerable progress with the vaccine roll-out. After all, between the 57 percent of people who have taken both jabs and the 34 million who have had COVID-19, we should be approaching herd immunity.

It appears that the Delta variant is highly contagious but not as deadly as the prior iterations of the virus; it also appears that this strain can sometimes break through the protections provided by the vaccine. The shots, however, seem to prevent serious illness, which can lead to hospitalizations or deaths, and therefore are extremely valuable.

The Israeli prime minister has suggested that some vaccines work better than others against the Delta virus; Americans need to be told the truth about the efficacy of the various shots.

President Biden needs to get in front of the confusion sewn by the current surge in cases. His administration will suffer a huge political blow, and the economy will be shattered, if he allows officials to impose more lockdowns.

We need honest information from the White House - a White House that promised total transparency - and we need the CDC to explain why the vaccines are still worthwhile. Biden also needs to tell the Texas publicity hounds to go home to do their jobs.

Liz Peek is a former partner of major bracket Wall Street firm Wertheim & Company. Follow her on Twitter @lizpeek.


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Texan1211
Professor Principal
1  seeder  Texan1211    one week ago

Texas Democrats are their own worst enemies.

Now I am just trying to decide if they actually thought their little stunt would work. Or if they knew it was doomed to failure from the start, and yet they persisted.

Either way, not a testimonial to their intelligence or sanity.

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
PhD Quiet
1.1  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Texan1211 @1    one week ago

They are not Democrat lawmakers, more like Democrat lunatics!

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
1.1.1  JBB  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @1.1    one week ago

Petty partisan insults aside, a good argument could be made that the Texas Democrats are fighting to preserve their constituent's rights...

What the gop is doing isn't popular with voters!

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
1.1.2  seeder  Texan1211  replied to  JBB @1.1.1    one week ago

One might consider that a good argument if not for the fact that no one is taking Constitutional rights away.

That's just a myth perpetuated by progressives.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
Masters Expert
1.1.3  Greg Jones  replied to  JBB @1.1.1    one week ago
JBB wrote:  "What the gop is doing isn't popular with voters!"
No voting rights have been changed or restricted.

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
PhD Quiet
1.1.4  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  JBB @1.1.1    one week ago

Certainly not popular with the hard core progressive and liberal leftist Democrat voters. You should not pretend to speak for the conservative right voters.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
Masters Expert
1.2  Greg Jones  replied to  Texan1211 @1    one week ago

Don't forget the Biden sanctioned super spreader event occurring along the southern border!

Also, shots in the US armed forces are voluntary.What should the CiC do?

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
1.2.1  seeder  Texan1211  replied to  Greg Jones @1.2    one week ago

Yeah, releasing bus loads of untested aliens into the US interior seems really, really smart on the part of the Biden admin.

 
 
 
Ronin2
Masters Quiet
1.2.2  Ronin2  replied to  Greg Jones @1.2    one week ago

Democrats and the media are desperate to deflect from that all they can.  Which is the reason for the all out assault on the Jan 6th rioters; anything and everything Trump; and all of these doomed to failure lawsuits against voting laws that don't violate anyone's right to vote.

 
 
 
Sunshine
Masters Guide
1.2.3  Sunshine  replied to  Greg Jones @1.2    one week ago

Another new COVID strain in the US has been reported in Texas.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
Masters Expert
1.2.4  Greg Jones  replied to  Sunshine @1.2.3    one week ago

What is happening there is likely spreading all kinds of disease into our country

 
 
 
Nerm_L
Senior Principal
2  Nerm_L    one week ago

Yep, do as I say and not as I do.  Isn't this episode just Democrat privilege in action?  Peons have to wear masks on aircraft but Texas Democrats are special people.

You know, Texas Democrats could have achieved the same thing by going into quarantine.  But that would have been damned inconvenient.  So, instead, they traveled to Washington where they stormed the Capitol and infected Congressmen and staffers.  It seems Congress can't do anything to protect itself from stupidity coming from the right or the left.  

 
 
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