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Inside wall of peace, dirty and diseased

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Once again Republicans are pinning their hopes on a very unfortunate, very malignant disease.

No not him. I’m referring to novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV.

At home: Hugh Hewitt thought it would be really really really bad, but not too bad, if an epidemic in the U.S. distracted everyone from the “theater” of Democrats trying to defend the country from his team.

It’s a nightmare to consider and pray they don’t arrive, but more cases of coronavirus in the U.S. and news cycle fixated on pre-ordained result in Senate trial will at least be dented if not broken. People care much more for their health than theater.

Hewitt must be very disappointed in coronavirus’ failure to be a city-clearing plague. Maybe he can read about mortality rates for plain old influenza to cheer himself up, the big sicko.

Abroad: Fellow grave wight, Secretary of Commerce — still! — and velvet slipper fetishists Wilbur Ross believes that manufacturing jobs will return to the U.S. if enough people drop dead of various diseases in China and in other places around the globe.

“Well, first of all, every American’s heart has to go out to the victims of the coronavirus. So, I don’t want to talk about a victory lap over a very unfortunate, very malignant disease,” Ross told Fox Business Network on Thursday. “But the fact is, it does give businesses yet another thing to consider when they go through their review of their supply chain.”

Mmm, this trickle down tastes like acute respiratory infections!

“On top of all the other things, you had SARS, you had the African swine virus there, now you have this,” Ross continued. “It’s another risk factor that people need to take into account. So, I think it will help to accelerate the return of jobs to North America. Some to U.S., probably some to Mexico, as well.”

I’m certainly no expert on such things, but it seems that if there’s a world-wide epidemic with a high enough mortality rate to bring a significant number of manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. no one except necrophile’s like Ross and Hewitt will be in the mood to celebrate.

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