Sunday, October 26, 2014

Christie, Cuomo, And Ebola

It's not often you see Democrats and Republicans work together on things, but when it comes to stabbing President Obama in the back, that's something that everyone can get behind.

The Obama administration has been pushing the governors of New York and New Jersey to reverse their decision ordering all medical workers returning from West Africa who had contact with Ebola patients to be quarantined, an administration official said. 
But on Sunday both governors, Andrew M. Cuomo of New York and Chris Christie of New Jersey, stood by their decision, saying that the federal guidelines did not go far enough.

At the same time, the first person to be forced into isolation under the new protocols, Kaci Hickox, a nurse returning from Sierra Leone, planned to mount a legal challenge to the quarantine order. Despite having no symptoms, she has been kept under quarantine at a hospital in New Jersey, where she has been confined to a tent equipped with a portable toilet and no shower. On Sunday, she spoke to CNN about the way she has been treated, describing it as “inhumane.”

The rapidly escalating events played out both privately, in intense negotiations and phone calls between federal and state officials, as well as publicly in the nurse’s pointed criticism of the New Jersey governor. 
Ever since Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, and Mr. Christie, a Republican, announced the plan at a hastily called news conference on Friday evening, top administration officials have been speaking with Mr. Cuomo daily and have also been in touch with Mr. Christie, trying to get them to rescind the order. 
But in that time, two more states – Illinois and Florida – announced that they were instituting similar policies.

Nobody wants to be the next Rick Perry with election day around the corner.  Certainly not Pat Quinn or Andrew Cuomo, bother up for re-election, or Rick Scott, also facing voters.  Christie at least has passed his re-election trial, but of course he has 2016 to worry about.

So everyone has a reason to score points on Obama, it seems, Democrat and Republican alike.

Will voters care or even remember?


RepubAnon said...

“Ozone is an outdoor air pollutant because systems such as air conditioning remove it from indoor air...” Based on this statement, I have some questions for Dr Honeycutt:

1) In Texas, are air conditioners considered home health devices for people living in areas with high ozone levels?

2) Does this mean that Medicare covers a portion of one's electrical bill?

3) Is drug testing mandatory for your position? Should it be?

Yastreblyansky said...

This New Yorker is not voting for Cuomo for anything, ever, now. (I was probably going to vote for Green Howie Hawkins anyway, in a normal kind of protest against Cuomo's corruption and bad faith, knowing Cuomo was going to win, but now I'm going to do it with the childish wish that Hawkins does win--he's showed up on this issue

Pere Ubu said...

"Next Rick Perry"?

What has happened to Perry in all this? Who's holding him or the administration of Texas Presbyterian responsible? The screamers are all blaming it on Obama.

I'm guessing they're just tapping the rich vein of Obama-hate in general.

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