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White House Aligns with Christie on Vaccines

The White House today offered up an opinion on measles vaccinations that appears all but identical to that of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, suggesting that laws and mandates should not be created to force people to get the vaccine.

Under repeated questioning, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest today refused to say President Obama endorses laws to require vaccinations, saying instead that people should be guided by “common sense” and get vaccinated.

That, in essence, is Christie’s position, for which he has been pilloried. Speaking in England Monday, Christie said he had vaccinated his own children, but added, “I also understand that parents need to have some measure of choice in things as well. So that’s the balance that the government has to decide.”

Obama’s position too would ultimately leave the choice to parents.

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Asked by Fred Lucas of The Blaze how Obama’s position differed from Christie’s, Earnest didn’t directly address the question.

Earnest’s comments actually put Obama closer to the libertarian camp than conservative Ben Carson, a physician who seemed to concur with forced vaccinations by stating that while he strongly believes in individual rights, “we should not allow those diseases to return by foregoing safe immunization programs, for philosophical, religious or other reasons when we have the means to eradicate them.”

Obama is against forced vaccinations even though Earnest noted that failure to vaccinate a child can endanger others who for various reasons are unable to get vaccinations and could be subject to exposure to the disease from the unvaccinated.

Earnest’s resort to the “common sense” argument makes little sense. It is precisely to prevent people from hurting each other when they fail to exert common sense that we enact laws to protect society.

Driving down the Interstate at 90 miles per hour makes little common sense. Robbing a 7-11 also doesn’t show common sense. People do these things all the time. That doesn’t mean we should legalize these dumb ideas in the hope people will come to their senses and stop doing it.

The White House position is also similar – though not nearly identical – to that of Sen. Rand Paul, who also doesn’t support forced vaccinations. But, while he too said his own children were vaccinated, he went further than Christie and the White House in saying the measles vaccine can cause mental disorders.

The Fall of Chris Christie

Appalled at the governor’s owners-box cheering for the Dallas Cowboys, a Philadelphia morning radio show host decided to release video taken in June of Chris Christie missing the chair as he seated up for an interview.

Does New Jersey Play in Iowa?

Here’s some video of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie telling a heckler to “sit down and shut up.”

Now, where I come from – New York City, originally – this what’s known as “polite conversation.” But will Christie’s directness play when he gets out in the rest of the country to campaign for president? It’s hard from me to judge. What do you think?

Obama Gets It Right on the Quarantine

The White House was correct this weekend to pressure New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to change their short-sighted, misguided Ebola quarantine policies, which are more likely to harm than help the citizens of their states.

President Obama, of course, has only himself to thank for the governors taking matters into their own hands. The current federal policy, which as far as I can tell is for those who have been exposed to Ebola patients to monitor themselves, is clearly insufficient, and the government’s approach to Ebola has been shifting constantly in response to events. Obama is late on this one too, convening a gathering of top administration officials Sunday to figure out a policy.

And clearly, a travel ban on foreigners entering the country from the affected countries, opposed by Obama, is in order.

But the administration is correct about that health workers coming from West Africa should not be quarantined. Health workers who return from fighting Ebola in Africa should be forcibly monitored, with their health status checked several times a day. If they don’t agree, then they should be quarantined. But not otherwise. Because . . .

  • THE BEST WAY TO STOP EBOLA IS TO STOP IT IN AFRICA. If you tell health workers from the United States that they will be quarantined upon return for 21 days, they are less likely to go to Africa. It’s already major big sacrifice. Making them pariahs upon their return and totally disrupting their lives will harm efforts to combat the illness over there, thus making it more likely it will rage like a wildfire and come over here, possibly after having mutated to become more communicable. If you are scared of Ebola, you should be VERY scared of us doing less to fight it while it is still difficult to transmit.
  • Ebola is in fact difficult to get. I have seen no evidence that Ebola is communicable as long as people are not showing symptoms, and none so far that it can be spread via the air like flu, unless of course someone sneezes on you, a possibility that is too easily dismissed by the “you can’t get it on a bus” crowd. But non-symptom showing health workers who have treated Ebola patients are not a danger.
  • What are we going to do with healthcare workers in the United States who treat Ebola? They are clearly at elevated risk for the disease. Are we going to quarantine them until the outbreak subsides in six months or a year?

Obama should not just push back on these governors, he should overrule them.

Don’t get me wrong, there are usually few things worse in my book than the federal government, especially this federal government trumping the states.

But containing the spread of Ebola is an imperative involving the health of all Americans, not just those in New Jersey and New York or Illinois and Florida, which are instituting similar quarantines. The president should make a determination that combating Ebola in Africa is a national security exigency that trumps the calculations of local officials.

Romney to Campaign with Christie

Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney will attend a fundraiser Thursday with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a signal from Romney that he’s down with Christie despite not choosing him as a running mate and Christie’s embrace of President Obama in the days before the 2012 election.

The fundraiser is not for Christie, it’s for the Republican Governors’ Association. But the joint appearance of Romney and Christie suggests Christie is continuing to position himself as the “reasonable, moderate, I-can-work-with-Democrats” alternative to true conservatives in the upcoming 2016 primary battle.

Romney keeps insisting he’s not running himself, but somehow he’s not going away quietly, appearing several times recently on TV to discuss himself. It appears the “severe conservative” hopes to have some say about who is on the GOP ticket, perhaps hoping to ensure it’s inhabited by moderates.

Charge: Christie Knew About Lane Closings

The New York and New Jersey Port Authority official who oversaw the George Washington Bridge lane closing last year is charging that Gov. Chris Christie knew about the incident while it was ongoing, despite Christie’s denials, according to the New York Times.

From the piece:

In a letter released by his lawyer, the official, David Wildstein, a high school friend of Mr. Christie’s who was appointed with the governor’s blessing at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which controls the bridge, described the order to close the lanes as “the Christie administration’s order” and said “evidence exists as well tying Mr. Christie to having knowledge of the lane closures, during the period when the lanes were closed, contrary to what the governor stated publicly in a two-hour press conference” three weeks ago.

Well, let’s see the evidence.

Christie Learns his Lesson About the Media

Journalists love a straight talker. They adore someone like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who lets his authenticity all hang out.

But the media, Christie discovered this past week, love other things too.

What happened to the love?
What happened to the love?

They love the storyline of building a politician up and then watching him plummet into a crevice of his own making. It’s so so juicy for a popular politician to face his inevitable reckoning.

And they love Democrats more than Republicans. So while President Obama got the hagiographic treatment as his bright new star ascended, journalists never hungered to tear him down. But they’ll go right after Christie.

The Corleone-style payback to Fort Lee’s mayor by tying up traffic on the George Washington Bridge is a legitimate story. It says potentially disconcerting things about the way Christie runs his shop and the type of people he surrounds himself with. But this is not Watergate.

Nor is the Christie saga equivalent to use of the IRS to target political opponents, or failing to protect our embassy in Benghazi and then offering up misleading statements about it, and several other Obama scandals.

Writing in Politico today, National Review Editor Rich Lowry captures the issue nicely:

Usually, it takes winning the GOP presidential nomination for a Republican media darling to experience such an onslaught of gleefully negative press coverage. John McCain was the straight-talking maverick right up until the moment he effectively clinched the nomination in 2008 — immediately triggering a thinly sourced New York Times report insinuating an affair with a lobbyist.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has gotten his disillusioning out of the way early, if he needed it. An occupational hazard of a certain kind of Republican is wanting to be loved by the wrong people. If the past week hasn’t cured Christie of that tendency, nothing will.

I searched the CNN website just now and found around 60 pieces devoted to Christie in the last four days. Does anyone remember that kind of intensive coverage like for the Obama scandals?

If the Bush administration had done the things Obama did, if it had targeted enemies through the IRS, we’d be well into impeachment hearings now, in part due to intrepid investigations by the press. His aides would be under subpoena to discuss what he was doing the night of the Benghazi attack, something we still don’t know about Obama.

Christie, as Lowry writes, has gotten a baptism in the kind of cold water the press will throw on him when it gets the chance. For him, better sooner than later.

Feds Probe Whether Christie Misused Sandy Funds

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is investigating whether New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie misused federal Hurricane Sandy relief funds by creating ads that featured him and his family as he campaigned for reelection. The probe of the possible political use of the funds was in response to questions raised by Rep. Frank PalloneContinue Reading

Democrats Seize Moment to Take Down Christie

Are the Democrats worried about facing Chris Christie in the general election? You bet. That’s the only logical conclusion that can be drawn from the THREE videos the Democratic Party has released in recent days targeting Christie over the traffic flap. If they wanted him as an opponent, they’d leave him alone and let himContinue Reading

Christie Kills Opponent With Kindness

This was pretty skillful, I thought. Gosh, I’ve been covering politicians for years and have built up a rich store of cynicism about them, easily tappable at any moment, but even I think he might be at least partially sincere. Have a little 2016 preview. H/T to The Daily Caller.