Hypocrisy Alert: John McCain Wants An Ebola Czar


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Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) took a break from lampooning the ISIS campaign yesterday to demand an Ebola czar for the crisis that kinda sorta isn't:

From spending time in Arizona, my constituents are not comforted. There has to be more reassurance given to them. I would say that we don't know exactly who's in charge. There has to be some kind of czar.

Does McCain suffer from amnesia, myopia, or just good old-fashioned hypocrisy? Once upon a time, he was less enthusiastic about the Obama administration's habit of appointing czars. In 2009 he tweeted that "Obama has more czars than the Romanovs—who ruled Russia for 3 centuries. Romanovs 18, cyberczar makes 20."

But perhaps because he thinks—incorrectly—that the world is now "more dangerous and more unstable" under the Obama administration, McCain is far more sanguine about appointing officials to handle everything under the Sun Czar.

He isn't alone in his blustering. Other Republicans, such as Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), have also come out in favor of putting an unelected appointee in charge of the crisis.

McCain has never seen a war he didn't like. He also hasn't seen an issue that couldn't be construed as a national security threat. Seriously, where's the risk assessment czar when you need one?