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Go Red

Susan Estrich on

If you're looking for a vaccine, I can offer one piece of practical advice: Go red. If you live in a blue state, look for the red counties. Or get in your car and drive.

Six hours to Amarillo, my friend's son says. Amarillo was his grandfather's hometown. Other than that, he has absolutely no connection. But Texas is Texas. Better than letting it go to waste.

There are states where every adult is eligible for a vaccine. In blue states, that tends to lead to software nightmares, shutdowns, political attacks and the rest as people clamor for appointments.

It's not that the red states are getting more than their fair share, based on population. It's just that almost half of the Republican men in America -- almost twice the number of whites and Blacks -- don't want the vaccine. Neither do half of the Trump supporters.

So if you find yourself a welcoming red state or county, you will not be in competition with people who are sitting at the computer all day checking for appointments. Which, I admit, having been fully vaccinated under the rules, I do for friends.

I know what the talking heads are saying: that Donald Trump's legacy is a bitter faction within the Republican Party who would rather expose themselves and their families to a deadly virus than be saved by President Joe Biden and the Democratic White House.

 

Actually, they would be saved by the genius of the scientists and the financial commitment of Donald Trump. The Biden administration is just doing the distribution, which has not been smooth. That's the irony: Trump believed that vaccines, not masks, would save us, and he might be taking a victory lap right now if the top doc in the White House didn't acknowledge to CNN that 400,000 people died because of the White House's failures.

So now do we add to the list?

Do we insist that any Republican man we know show a vaccination card?

If they were just risking their own lives, it would be OK, at least to people who don't know them. But what about everybody else they see, work with, exercise with, eat with, talk baseball with? They didn't assume his risk. Many of them have no way to limit interactions, not if they work for him.

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