the classic "Measles" wedge issue roars its way back into presidential politics after a long dormant period following Zachary Taylor's death
— #con?en? r???g?d? (@Bro_Pair) February 2, 2015
Rand Paul: Parents "Own" Children, Not the State, So Vaccines Should Be Voluntary (Really? Parents "own" kids?) http://t.co/ovqaulrgvL
— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) February 3, 2015
— Tim Dickinson (@7im) February 2, 2015
Next level troll game pic.twitter.com/N5keQdEUUL
— daveweigel (@daveweigel) February 2, 2015
… And the sensible (ergo, disqualifying) comment from an actual brain surgeon:
Dr. Ben Carson, a potential Republican presidential candidate, on Monday strongly backed vaccinations, splitting from two possible rivals who suggested parents should decide whether to immunize their children.
“Although I strongly believe in individual rights and the rights of parents to raise their children as they see fit, I also recognize that public health and public safety are extremely important in our society,” Carson, one of the world’s most prominent and well-regarded pediatric neurosurgeons, told The Hill in a statement.
“Certain communicable diseases have been largely eradicated by immunization policies in this country and we should not allow those diseases to return by foregoing safe immunization programs, for philosophical, religious or other reasons when we have the means to eradicate them,” he added…
Actually, I suspect the backlash against anti-vaxxer woo is more dangerous to Christie than Paul; Christie is being presented as the “centrist, establishment” alternative to GOP voters who can’t quite stomach another Bush, while even those Rand supporters who don’t embrace dark theories about thimerosal poisoning are proud supporters of the right to die needlessly because LIBERTY!!!