This is the current state of the COVID debate.
Joe Biden and Justin Trudeau have tried to polarize their countries along vaccinated vs. unvaccinated lines for the sole purpose of driving a favorable political wedge. The problem is that the most salient divide on COVID post-Omicron is now between the “vaxxed and done” moderates who are finished with performative COVID restrictions and the hardcore permanent pandemic progressive activists.
Yascha Mounk’s point is that we should accept the reality that COVID is an endemic virus and move on. Containment has failed. It is never going away. It will continue to mutate into endless new variants. There are vaccines and therapeutics available to deal with it. We’re still pretending like Joe Biden is going to defeat COVID when that obviously is not happening. There is no strategic goal linked to these COVID restrictions. Everyone know it has become purely performative act at this point.
Yascha is a moral monster who is aiding and abetting the “far right” by spreading the insidious and evil rightwing narrative that Joe Biden was whipped by COVID.
Note: Remember, the political science of COVID changed this week when that CNN poll dropped which showed that 75% of Americans are burned out with COVID and 51% are ready to live with the virus. While many of this reached this point a year and a half ago, it is only now that the polls are showing a majority of Americans have crossed this threshold.