Leadership Vacuums and Ebola Quarantines

Governors Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo have taken quite a beating in the last couple of days from both the White House and the liberal mainstream media. The governors of New Jersey and New York became the objects of the scorn of the mainstream media for having, in the words of the New York Times editorial page, “fed panic” by seeking to impose mandatory quarantines on health-care workers returning from West African missions to treat Ebola patients. This was, we were told, a “dangerous” politically motivated overreaction. But amid the rush to pooh-pooh the threat to public health from the deadly virus, the governors’ critics are missing the point. In the absence of a strong and clearly competent response to the problem from Washington, local leaders are obliged to take steps that will definitively assure the public that government is doing what it can to keep them safe. Under the circumstances, it’s little wonder that the intense focus on the disease has influenced both public opinion and hurt President Obama’s party in the midterm elections.

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Leadership Vacuums and Ebola Quarantines

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