A reader writes:
I take the point that a little less partisanship in a public health crisis is surely warranted. But why is it partisan to point out that Democrats were supporting this funding in the stimulus package, while Republicans killed it?
If you read the article in the Nation, you'll find that Karl Rove, the most partisan of all partisans, was pushing this, and so was Sen. Collins, who is still boasting about it on her web site. It falls into the category of "volcano monitoring" -- easy to mock for political purposes, even though it's an essential government function. Just as the eruption of Mt. Redoubt exposed the foolishness of Jindal's demagoguery, the flu pandemic has exposed Rove and Collins. They tried to score political points, and they were wrong. Why is it partisan to make this plainly known?