Vaccine Mandate Arguments in the Supreme Court — Plus, Leftists Find Misplaced Irony that One of the Lawyers Has COVID
As I write this, the Supreme Court is hearing arguments on President Biden’s mandate. Me, I’m guessing the mandate is going down — and that it will not go into effect on Monday. But we’ll see.
Meanwhile, the hyperpartisan left finds it just hilarballs that one of the lawyers arguing against the mandate has COVID:
One of the attorneys asking the Supreme Court to block Biden's vaccine mandates is arguing remotely today because … he has COVID. https://t.co/um5VkXnFHT
— Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) January 7, 2022
So funny, right? Except . . . not really. Here’s a fact Mark Joseph Stern forgot to mention: the lawyer is vaccinated and boosted:
“Ben [Ohio Solicitor General Benjamin Flowers] who is vaccinated and boosted, tested positive for COVID-19 after Christmas. His symptoms were exceptionally mild and he has since fully recovered,” said a statement from the Ohio attorney general’s office. “The Court required a PCR test yesterday which detected the virus so for that reason he is arguing remotely.”
Since he is vaccinated and boosted, I fail to see the irony. This strikes me as a cheap shot.
There are many non-frivolous arguments challenging the legality of the mandate. The fact that a vaccinated and boosted lawyer making those arguments contracted COVID means nothing, unless one’s goal is mindless hyperpartisan mockery.
If I wanted to draw a stupid partisan lesson from SG Flowers’s contraction of COVID, I could just as easily argue that vaccines are not terribly effective against spread (the justification for the mandate), because even boosted people get COVID. (I don’t happen to agree with this argument either, because I believe that the vaccines do help prevent spread, albeit imperfectly, by inhibiting replication and reducing viral load, which notably inhibits serious illness but also has some marginal effect on reducing spread.)
As someone on Twitter pointed out, it’s Mark Joseph Stern. So why expect anything but mindless hyperpartisan mockery.