Det är mellanårsval i USA på tisdag och rader av politiker – främst republikaner – bedriver en fullständigt oseriös kampanj mot Obamaadministrationen för att den inte vidtar orimliga ”åtgärder” med anledning av Ebolaepidemin i Västafrika.
Doyle McManus i Los Angeles Times:
It’s unfashionable to express sympathy for politicians these days, but spare an ounce of charity for all those officeholders trying to come up with reassuring responses to the terrifying — but so far, exaggerated — problem of Ebola in the United States.
The number of people who have died of the disease in the United States is exactly one, a case mishandled by an unprepared hospital in Dallas. Seven other Ebola patients have recovered, and one is still under observation.
That left politicians with a dilemma. The scientists studying Ebola still didn’t see the disease as a crisis in the United States, and they offered complex explanations of why tightening restrictions on travel would backfire. But that didn’t satisfy a lot of ordinary Americans, who wanted their political leaders to protect them.
”Ebola is a hard problem,” explained Mark Mellman, a leading Democratic strategist who’s working on several Senate races. ”People want to see political leaders doing something…. It’s very hard to explain the case for not quarantining people or imposing travel restrictions.”