It was only a matter of time. Now that we have a public health emergency in the form of the swine flu, we have people like Paul Krugman claiming that Republicans are somehow at fault for us not being prepared.
Apparently, Susan Collins is more powerful than a Democratic House, a Democratic Senate, and a Democratic White House put together. That’s saying something, though I suspect all of this would be news to Collins. Of course, Krugman makes no mention of the fact that Charles Schumer opposed pandemic funding as well, or that our ability to respond quickly to the pandemic is thanks to the planning done during the Bush Administration. No; it is sufficient for Krugman’s wave-the-bloody-shirt purposes that we think that one Susan Collins could make all of the Democrats in Congress and in the Obama Administration subservient to her will when it came to funding for pandemic emergencies. I don’t know what’s worse–the fact that Krugman believes this, or the fact that he expects us to believe it.
Honestly, what is it about people like Krugman that their first reaction to a public health crisis is “let’s see how we can blame this on Republicans”? I’d describe this behavior as “ghoulish,” but I suspect that actual ghouls may object to being so insulted.