The right solves Ebola and the Secret Service security lapses!

Joe Scarborough, Laura Ingraham and Rand Paul have found the key to these problems: political correctness run amok

Published October 2, 2014 1:00PM (EDT)

Laura Ingraham                                   (Reuters/Lucas Jackson)
Laura Ingraham (Reuters/Lucas Jackson)

There are a couple of items dominating the news right now that Republicans would like to convert into midterm election points but can't directly pin on President Obama's unique combination of total incompetence and omnipotent executive tyranny. A number of revelations have come out about incompetence at Secret Service. Meanwhile, some dude in Texas has Ebola. These two incidents that have nothing to do with each other EXCEPT THAT THEY DO. The thread connecting them, according to some conservatives, is that most diabolical of modern cultural scourges: political correctness.

As we all know, political correctness -- trying to consider other peoples' feelings when saying or doing something, more or less -- has been destroying the American fabric for decades now and has only accelerated the tightening of its death-grip on the body public under the Obama administration. Times are such that a white feller can't openly use racial slurs in everyday conversation or smack a female co-worker's ass without getting frowned upon. Makes you wonder what the point of it all is anymore. Of America. Of life.

Did you catch that part about the "female co-worker"? That's another mortal wound that political correctness has left on wholesome society: women are allowed to have jobs now. Man jobs. Women are allowed to work in the United States Secret Service, for petessake. That's not a job for soft, dainty women's hands, but the liberals, intent on letting ISIS terrorists wave the black flag of Muslimstuff atop the White House, insist upon it. On their "quotas." They won't rest until every important position in the country is held by a black Muslim lesbian. Tell 'em, Donny Deutsch and Joe Scarborough.

Panelist Donny Deutsch, acknowledging that he wasn't exactly taking a "delicate" approach to the subject, said that promoting women into positions of authority shouldn't be prioritized over competence.

"We need to be careful that we are never, ever throwing the baby out with the bath water as far as the best person always has to get the job," he said. "As we kind of go through her resume, you go 'Obviously, coming off the prostitute scandal, okay, yeah, women on top makes sense, good for the brand, if you will.' But the brand doesn’t work if it’s not competent."

"In positions of national security, quota second, competency first," he added.

Co-host Joe Scarborough then turned the conversation to the female agent who was guarding the White House's front door when an intruder entered the building last month and managed to overpower her.

"Now, if a woman, 6' 4", can tackle a big guy or a big woman that's intruding, that's one thing," he said. "But we can't have people standing between the President of the United States and a terrorist that can get knocked down and that's there for politically correct reasons."

This echoes Laura Ingraham's comments from earlier in the week, about how the Secret Service, in contravention of common sense, is now dominated by frail old ladies as a means of furthering the liberal agenda. Interesting theory. But, as Digby writes, "They've had female Secret Service agents for a long time. And no president has been assassinated since they put them in the job. In fact, the only presidents who've ever been assassinated were guarded only by men. Therefore, we should get rid of all the male Secret Service agents. End of story. At least if you're a moron like these people." It's not so easy to connect President Obama's security team's lapses with the failure of President Obama and the liberal worldview, but they had to give it a try. Good for them. Gotta love the hustle.

Meanwhile, in Texas: someone has Ebola. We're all gonna die, we're not all gonna die. What does it matter? Our fate is sealed either way.

Now there is a failure of leadership here to be concerned about: with the people who run the specific Texas hospital that released the Ebola guy for a couple of days, even after he'd told them that he'd just come from Liberia.

The CDC expects the situation to be contained promptly. Doctor Rand Paul, an ophthalmologist, does not. He's pretty sure that we're all going to die from Ebola, maybe. Doctor Rand Paul, after all, is a doctor. Ebola is going to kill us all and it will be the Obama administration's fault because of "political correctness."

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul accused the Obama administration of foolishly letting "political correctness" dominate its decision-making in dealing with the Ebola virus, which has now been diagnosed for the first time on American soil.

"I really think it is being dominated by political correctness," Paul said Wednesday on Laura Ingraham’s radio show, referencing comments from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agency downplaying the risk of infection to Americans. “And I think because of political correctness, we’re not really making sound, rational, scientific decisions on this.”

Said Paul, an ophthalmologist: "For example, if you’re [having] a worldwide conference of African leaders right now, wouldn’t it make sense to delay it for four months and not have them all come to New York City? It’s ridiculous for them to be underplaying this threat and saying no big deal."

I've read this about 20 times and still don't know what in hell the esteemed ophthalmologist is trying to say. He must be stretching the meaning of "political correctness" to "trying to keep a lid on public panic." Or he's saying that it would be politically incorrect to ban all people from Africa from coming to the United States, but that would be the proper call? It's really not clear, perhaps because he's trying to squeeze "political correctness" into a place where it does not fit. Calling off a summit of African leaders because of Ebola wouldn't be bad because it would be politically incorrect, it would be bad because it would be stupid. Everyone who came for the Africa Leaders Summit in August, if that's what he's referring to, was screened for Ebola. No cases have materialized in New York City, or in Washington D.C., where the summit was actually held. Leaders from the West African countries suffering the worst of the outbreak didn't attend the summit, anyway.

It must be fun to live this way. Whenever anything bad happens, you just shake your head and mutter, "political correctness." Something else completely different happens, you shake your head and mutter, "political correctness." Just imagine how sad they'd be if they got their way and every last trace of political correctness disappeared? What would they have to bitch about?

By Jim Newell

Jim Newell covers politics and media for Salon.

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