It was masterful of right-wing manipulators to claim that President Obama was exposing Americans to the Ebola virus by allowing illegals to cross the Mexican border. Obviously false on many levels, this canard may still have aided the Republicans nearly sweep the mid-terms this past Tuesday.
We know that conservatives have especially powerful reactions to frightening and disgusting images. Conflating the disgust and fear-inducing Ebola virus with terrifying hordes of brown people streaming across the border doubled the effectiveness of each phony issue.
The irony of course is that conservative policies have caused or exacerbated real perils confronting large numbers of Americans: Global warming, gun massacres, and poverty come immediately to mind. But democrats couldn’t convert these issues into election victories.