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Editor’s NotebookEditor's Notebook: Time to put Fauci out to pasture?

Editor’s Notebook: Time to put Fauci out to pasture?

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Our geriatric president’s top medical guy, the even more geriatric (though considerably more spry) Dr. Anthony Fauci, made the rounds of friendly talk shows over the weekend to press everyone to get a COVID booster shot.

Fair enough, and when the rush has subsided I’ll go get mine.

But if the end goal is to get everyone vaccinated, as our somewhat dazed and confused president claims it is, isn’t it time to give Dr. Fauci his eighth or ninth (who’s counting?) Presidential Medal of Freedom and send him on his way to well-earned and no doubt even more enriching retirement?

Here’s why: About half the country hangs on the good doctor’s every word, although his track record since the start of this hasn’t been spotless. But the other half of the country has made up its mind, rightly or wrongly, that’s he’s as much a political/bureaucratic hack as a public-health professional, and many likely will reply “up yours” to his call for booster shots, just because they will not cotton to him telling them what to do.

What we need it a less polarizing figure at the top, delivering words that both sides of the political/cultural divided can respect. But as we live in polarized times, finding one could be a challenge.

I’m still at a loss as to why Donald Trump didn’t order the firing of Fauci either (a) when it became clear in the spring of 2020 that the good doctor was not going to be a team player, or (b) after the results of the election were in, when it wouldn’t have had any political impact expect perhaps to give the good doctor the martyrdom I think he quietly craved.

But until Dr. Fauci is in the rear-view mirror, we’re not going to get any closer to comity on COVID or vaccinations. He’s the wrong messenger, regardless of what you think about his message.

  • Scott McCaffrey
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