Originally Published: November 6, 2014 6 a.m.
TV ads are running claiming Republicans are responsible for Ebola in the U.S. because they forced budget cuts in the sequestration to the Centers for Disease Control. The CDC has a $6.9 billion budget for 2014; that's $567 million more than the previous year. Money is not the cure for the virus, like giving a speech to downplay its danger won't help contain it or the fear of it.
As more Ebola cases surface in the U.S., remember that President Obama refuses to restrict flights from infected countries, and for political reasons he refuses to close our borders to keep infected people from entering the U.S.
The real problem for this president is Ebola isn't political. He can't blame it on George W. Bush. He can't out-fundraise Ebola to beat it. He can't coherently blame Republicans for it, and he won't be able to vote "present" to not deal with it. There's no straw man to defeat for a photo op victory lap in the Rose Garden and, unlike ISIS, he won't be able to limit his involvement and hand off the baton of responsibility to another leader, because this time, "winning is his only option."