Last week, it was revealed that Tennessee Republican Congressman-Elect Mark Green is a full-blown vaccination conspiracist. While he’s sort of walked it back, he did so in the ways that most anti-vaxxers do, as Orac details. In other words, there’s no reason to think he had a change of heart.
It’s tempting to argue this is why the voters of his district should have gone with the Democrat. As much as I would like that, the reality is that many Congressional districts will be Republican locks, even in Democratic landslide years. Democrats will never win those seats. That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t try, but it won’t be a reliable mechanism for reducing the various forms of batshitloonitarianism on the right.
At some point, it’s up to Republicans to take back their party. While I’ve never been a big believer in the principle of ‘we need a strong, legitimate conservative movement’–if I did, I would be a conservative–but there need to be very minimal standards around what should be the boundaries of political discussion. Vaccination should be one of them. Opposing Nazis would also be good.
Republicans–and their voters–need to fix this.