The great American Ebola freakout of 2014 seems to be over. The
disease is still ravaging Africa, and as with any epidemic,
there's always a risk of a renewed outbreak. But there haven't
been any new U.S. cases for a while, and popular anxiety is
Before we move on, however, let's try to learn something from
When the freakout was at its peak, Ebola wasn't just a disease,
it was a political metaphor. It was, specifically, held up by
America's right wing as a symbol of government failure. The
usual suspects claimed that the Obama administration was falling
down on the job, but more than that, they insisted that
conventional policy was incapable of dealing with the situation.
Leading Republicans suggested ignoring everything we know about
disease control and resorting to mocking claims that health
officials knew what they were doing....
... Jesus was a community organizer ... Pontius Pilate was a governor.
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