Polling gets Democrats to finally begin their COVID retreat

Polling gets Democrats to finally begin their COVID retreat. By Glenn Reynolds.


Mandatory vaccination became an article of faith, even for those with natural immunity, which evidence suggests is at least as good as that produced by the vaccines.

Many Democrats supported rules designed to punish the unvaccinated, to exclude them from restaurants, stores, schools — pretty much everywhere outside their own homes. It was like a return to the Middle Ages, with the modern equivalent of shouts of “Leper! Outcast! Unclean!” aimed at the unvaxxed. And the definition of “fully vaccinated” kept changing to require more and more shots.

As recently as last month, when newly elected Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin ended mandatory mask rules in Virginia public schools, Democrats were calling him, essentially, a mass murderer.


But that was then. All of a sudden, we are told, “The science has changed.”

No, really, those were the words of CNN medical “expert” Dr. Leana Wen, leading Reason’s Robby Soave to ask, “Has anything fundamentally changed in the last six months, except for Democrats finally, belatedly realizing that militant masking is a political loser? The science didn’t change, the politics changed.”

And boy did they. At long last, the public has had enough, and there’s outright rebellion against COVID overreach everywhere, with demonstrations in Europe, Australia, the United States.

Famously in Canada, truckers have occupied the grounds of the national Parliament in Ottawa, honking their horns and demanding change. In front of the House of Commons, meanwhile, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s defense of ever-stricter COVID restrictions got him mocked and jeered by members, with opposition leader Candice Bergen challenging him to “follow the science, follow the evidence, end the restrictions, end the mandates.” …

US restrictions and mandates being rolled back now:

Likewise in the United States, COVID rules are suddenly falling. Just weeks after Youngkin was called a murderer for ending mask rules, Democrats in the Virginia Senate voted with Republicans to pass a statute . . . ending mask rules. Connecticut’s Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont is ending school mask rules as of the end of this month. Colorado’s Democratic Gov. Jared Polis is doing the same.

We’re seeing similar actions from New Jersey’s Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy and Delaware’s Democratic Gov. John Carney. …

About face:

In the words of blogger Lawrence Person, “Not since the collapse of the Hindenburg Line in 1918 have such bitterly held positions been abandoned so quickly.”

The world owes the Canadian truckers a big thank you. They effectively stood up to the bureaucratic ruling class on this, and putting the frighteners on leftist politicians everywhere. Vaccine mandates went too far, and omicron was milder, so it was time.


Is there anything more pathetic than the way the West’s ruling class labels anyone who opposes it as racist, sexist, Islamophobic, transphobic, etc.? Literally every single time.

Is this tactic going to end soon, now that is has so spectacularly backfired? Most people see right through it now.