Great Moments In Punditry: Swine Flu Edition

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Pat Buchanan:

Because of the peril of swine flu, Joe Biden said yesterday, he would urge his family to stay out of "confined places" like airplanes and subways here in the United States.

Yet, the Obama administration will not consider closing the United States to airplanes and buses coming in from the epicenter of the epidemic, Mexico City.

Does this contradiction make sense?

Pat, you get swine flu from exposure to the virus, not from Mexicans.  The virus is already here.

Closing the borders would be like installing Norton Utilities after your computer has been infected and spread the Trojan Horse to other computers.  Or running off to Target to buy a fire extinguisher when the entire first floor of your house is ablaze.  In other words, that horse has already left the barn.

This is a very infectious strain.  And symptoms show up long after infection.  So you're not going to prevent it from coming.  It's here.  The thing to do now is take precautions to prevent its spread.

On the other side of the coin, you will be doing harm to the economy of both countries by closing the border.

But thanks for sharing your xenophobia.