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Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: Will an Omicron spike be fierce however quick lived?

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WaPo:

As Omicron variant spreads, New England hospitals are underneath unprecedented pressure

Throughout New England and the northeastern United States, hospitals are combating an awesome burden of sufferers amid a covid-19 surge that has struck more durable and quicker than consultants anticipated, even in among the most highly vaccinated states within the nation.

The infections — practically all pushed by the delta variant, not its new cousin omicron — have led to file covid hospitalizations in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. All three states have skilled their largest surges in circumstances for the reason that pandemic started and requested for federal assist, one other first. President Biden announced Tuesday that the federal government will ship emergency medical teams to Vermont and New Hampshire and ambulance crews to Maine.

In Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, covid hospitalizations have soared in latest weeks, though they continue to be beneath earlier peaks. But the winter surge comes at a time when hospitals had been already grappling with a staffing scarcity mixed with an inflow of people that had delayed care and a rise in sufferers battling psychological sickness. Docs concern that a big wave of omicron circumstances may improve the burden even additional….

The excessive vaccination charges in locations reminiscent of Vermont and Maine masked appreciable variations on the county stage, consultants mentioned. “Individuals say, ‘Oh, Maine’s doing very well,’ however if you peel the onion layers, what you see is 2 states,” mentioned Dora Anne Mills, chief well being enchancment officer at MaineHealth. Whereas 83 % of the inhabitants in Cumberland county — house to the town of Portland — is totally vaccinated, that very same determine slides to beneath or close to 60 % in a number of predominantly rural counties…

Docs say they really feel like they’re shouting right into a void, delivering information {that a} pandemic-weary inhabitants now not desires to listen to. “You come into work and say, ‘That is the worst it’s ever been,’ ” mentioned Dickson. “And then you definitely come within the subsequent day and it’s even worse.”

The pandemic is definitely an phantasm killer. No place is secure from threat.

Reuters:

Biden Omicron measures too little, too late for fast-moving virus — consultants

A day after Biden outlined plans to distribute 500 million at-home coronavirus check kits, Anne Rimoin, a UCLA professor of epidemiology, praised his give attention to testing, a “vital device” that america was “woefully” behind on.

“Sadly, it’s late in coming and might be a small drop within the bucket in comparison with the tsunami of circumstances on the horizon.”

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EJ Dionne/WaPo:

For Biden, going all in towards the virus is the important thing to every part else

Typically an important factor a president can do is inform the nation he’s engaged on the issue its residents are most frightened about. And one of many worst setbacks a pacesetter can confront is shedding his benefit on the difficulty that had been his gap card.

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David Frum/Atlantic:

Biden Received Huge With a Unhealthy Hand

Relative to its power in Congress, the Biden administration has proved outstandingly profitable.

Like Biden’s ambitions, the Bush administration’s first-year agenda was beholden to the least dependable members of the president’s occasion within the Senate. In 2001, these had been Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island and James Jeffords of Vermont. Jeffords would swap events in 2001, tipping the partisan steadiness of the Senate. The whims and vagaries of these two officeholders transfixed and baffled the Bush White Home simply because the moods and caprices of Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema transfix and baffle the Biden White Home now.

Bush took workplace at a extra placid time than Biden did. He arrived with a much less bold legislative agenda too. But when the occasions have modified, the grammar of energy has not.

“Once I can not get a dinner to go well with my style, I endeavor to get a style to go well with my dinner.” That was Washington Irving’s advice to travelers. It’s good recommendation for politicians too.

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Just Security:

Disaster of Command: The Pentagon, The President, and January 6

Shut observers of the occasions of Jan. 6 have primarily posited two causes for the delay in mobilizing the Guard. The primary rationalization is one in all bureaucratic failures or managerial weaknesses within the navy’s procedures that day. A second rationalization is that the navy was intentionally serving Trump’s effort to intrude with the election by withholding help.

We establish a 3rd rationalization: that senior navy officers constrained the mobilization and deployment of the Nationwide Guard to keep away from injecting federal troops that might have been re-missioned by the President to advance his try to carry onto energy.

On the Kim Potter verdict:

Bloomberg:

Biden Helps Filibuster Change on Voting Rights as Final Resort

Biden, talking Wednesday in an interview with ABC Information, mentioned he supported eliminating the filibuster if it’s all that stood in the way in which of passing voting rights laws. Psaki then mentioned Thursday that Biden’s full reply, which wasn’t aired in its entirety, added that he didn’t assume they’d need to resort to that, however that voting rights laws stays a precedence.

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