Tuesday, October 19, 2004

The Flu 

The flu has cost many people from doing their job, but will the flu cost President Bush from keeping his?

"I know there are some here who are worried about the flu season," Bush told supporters in a stadium at a baseball training camp. "I want to assure them that our government is doing everything possible to help older Americans and children get their shots despite the major manufacturing defect that caused this problem."

British regulators recently shut down shipments from Chiron Corp., cutting the U.S. supply of flu shots almost in half. Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry said the Bush administration was warned about the shortage of flu vaccines three years ago and didn't act.

The flu vaccine disaster could be one of those surprise campaign issues that changes the face of the election. I don't see a major shift in votes because of it, but perhaps enough of those supposed "Security Moms" feel that if the President can't protect their kids from the flu, how can he protect them from bioterror/dirty bombs?


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