Axios-Ipsos’ latest report from polling for opinions on the vaccine and spread of Covid19, did have some good news.
Those resistant to the idea of getting the jab are increasingly isolated into a separate, dwindling class. That’s good news. The “Very, Somewhat likely” have clearly transferred into the “Already vaccinated” class over time as well as some of the more unlikely. Of course these numbers don’t represent actual vaccinated numbers. It’s a poll.
What is perplexing about the data from this poll, is who is to blame for the recent surge, according to those whom took this ranked poll.
The “Vaccinated” class, overwhelmingly selects the unvaccinated as the cause of the recent spread of Covid19. Ding, ding, ding. Those that remain unvaccinated worldwide, are the variant incubators for the current, and possible forthcoming, spread of Covid19.
It is unfair to blame just Trumpublicans for the spread of the variant, however, the same people in this pool blame everyone other than themselves— foremost being foreigners and mainstream media, so I’m going to go ahead and make the correlation, as the idiocy is self-declaring. So for the sake of this pool, I find the “unvaccinated” and Trumpublicans to be mostly representative of the same class. To them, the largest class responsible for the spread of Covid19 are foreigners, and the least responsible are conservative media and the unvaccinated themselves. “Americans traveling abroad” are the second most responsible. Somehow, the “mainstream media” are the third most responsible for the current wave of Covid19.
There is a perverse logic to foreigners and American travelers being responsible for the spread of the Delta variant of Covid19, as it was first identified in India. Therefore, for it to spread, people had to travel. Right? It would then follow that those relying on this argument would be the same people demanding everyone get vaccinated and undertake social distancing and masking protocol. But that isn’t the case, as the unvaccinated are among the least responsible for the spread of the variant. In other words, there just needs to be someone else to blame but no action needs to follow.
Also in support of foreigners being responsible for the spread of Covid19, would be the latest fear-mongering story making the rounds, of immigrants at the southern border spreading the variant. Which one would think, again, implies that everyone should be vaccinated and follow social distancing protocol, but that isn’t the case. It is the mere existence and presence of foreigners that created the spread.
How the “mainstream media” is responsible for the spread of Covid19, I haven’t a clue. I guess maybe CNN and MSNBC reporting the topic nightly, made Trumpublicans dig their heals in further? According to Jeanine Pirro over at Fox, Biden is responsible, because of unvaccinated people at the border (Not responsible for the spread of the variant), and her logic is, we aren’t going to mask up and social distance to protect foreigners. HELL NO! ‘Murica! The same Judge Jeanine that refused to take the vaccine and called masks “dehumanizing” and frightening.
One would think, the spread of the variant would be particularly bad news for Trumpublican darling, Ron Desantis. Tim Miller points out in his excellent review of the above poll, that that is not likely the case. His take reaffirms what this poll says, to Trumpublicans, everyone other than themselves are responsible for Covid19’s spread.
In fact, I would propose the exact opposite: The worse things get in Florida, the better it is for DeSantis’s political future.
For a number of reasons:
- Every time DeSantis is criticized by the media, it helps him.
- Every additional death is evidence that he didn’t cave to “the lockdowns.”
- The more people who die on his watch, the greater a testament it is to his fidelity to the cause of modern conservatism. It proves that he’s not some RINO cuck like Mike DeWine.
- If people really believe that COVID is the fault of foreigners, then the bigger the death toll, the more aggrieved DeSantis can be by how these nefarious foreigners hurt his state.
Let me tell you, right now, what the line will be:
Nothing bad happened in Florida. It’s all just a bunch of lies from the liberal media who want to hurt Ron DeSantis. And if anything did happen, then DeSantis did what he did because he’s a patriot who believes in freedom and keeping the economy strong. And it wasn’t as bad as what Andrew Cuomo did. And it’s all the fault of foreigners.