Key Level: “Ladapo is, in different phrases, the very final thing DeSantis wants proper now: One other sycophant; one other crackpot; one much less one who can communicate to the governor sincerely and pushback when wanted in opposition to a few of his most warped concepts. This era of mental closure started final 12 months, when DeSantis raged in opposition to media protection of his management throughout COVID.”
Florida Times-Union – OPINION: Nate Monroe: For Florida’s new surgeon common, DeSantis trades out a ghost for a crackpot
By Nate Monroe
September 22, 2021
For DeSantis, who believes masks, vaccines and customary courtesy to be the instruments of totalitarian oppression, Rivkees’ continued presence in state authorities may solely be tolerated henceforth in spectral kind — technically nonetheless Florida’s surgeon common till as lately as this week, however cursed to by no means be seen or heard from once more.
And now, even after his long-due departure, DeSantis is so dedicated to making sure Rivkees stays out of the daylight the state has tried to cease him from being deposed in a lawsuit over the governor’s failed try to ban masks mandates in public faculties — an effort Rivkees ostensibly led by “crafting” Division of Well being guidelines placing the ban into impact, and a difficulty for which one may moderately assume Rivkees would have priceless information to share in a courtroom.
To exchange the renegade Rivkees, DeSantis this week plucked a peculiar determine from out of obscurity: Joseph Ladapo, a doctor and researcher at UCLA whose sole declare to notoriety is his willingness to undertake positions on COVID which might be conspicuously much like DeSantis’ personal and broadly rejected as harmful and misguided by the overwhelming majority of his friends in healthcare. That’s to say, DeSantis won’t be squirreling Ladapo away in a upkeep closet like Rivkees; this newest common will play a central function on the battlefield.
Ladapo echoes DeSantis’ worldview that the one strategy to transfer previous the pandemic is to attain “herd immunity” — a barbaric view that policymakers ought to merely permit COVID to burn by means of the inhabitants. He, like DeSantis, is unlikely to ever publicly reckon with the practically 52,000 Floridians and counting who’ve misplaced their lives, a surprising failure of public coverage and of the center.
Ladapo rejects vaccine mandates and has argued the vaccines themselves could also be extra harmful than public-health consultants have mentioned. He questions the usefulness of masks. He has promoted the long-debunked hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 elixir.
He can be a comical determine had been lives not at stake.
Ladapo is, in different phrases, the very final thing DeSantis wants proper now: One other sycophant; one other crackpot; one much less one who can communicate to the governor sincerely and pushback when wanted in opposition to a few of his most warped concepts. This era of mental closure started final 12 months, when DeSantis raged in opposition to media protection of his management throughout COVID.
Since then, DeSantis shed himself of great advisers and has surrounded himself as an alternative with cranks and pretenders whose incompetence and unwillingness to talk the reality have, predictably, capsized a few of his high priorities and ensnared him in shedding authorized battles.
Floridians will discover briefly order having an invisible surgeon common wasn’t so unhealthy in any case.