“I was for hydroxychloroquine before I was against it”

… and other reasons that I couldn’t take the Dr. Bright seriously.
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Let, start at the beginning…

The “courageous” whistleblower walked into the hearing flanked by the same uber-partisan lawyers who represented Dr. Christine Blasey Ford in her failed attempt to torch Bret Kavanaugh.

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I guess the signaling was supposed to be hash-tag “I Believe Him” but, at least for me, it signaled “Here We Go Again”

OK, that may be partisan-petty, so let’s get specific …

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Shades of Office Space

Then the formal introduction: Dr. Rick Bright – former leader of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority and director of the agency responsible for leading the charge on deployment of vaccines.

Hmmm … development and deployment of vaccines.

Were I on the inquiry panel, my first question would have been:

“Dr. Bright, since at least 2005, it has been known that a coronavirus vaccine was needed. Since you have been a “leader in the development and deployment of vaccines”, why don’t we have a vaccine available? What have you been doing these past couple of years?”

See In 2005, scientists bet that the next pandemic wouldn’t be a coronavirus …

I expect his answer would be similar to the classic scene in Office Space when the nincompoop “user interface manager” is asked: “Exactly what do you do at Intertech?”

He explains that he doesn’t actually develop products, he simply takes the specifications from the users to the engineers.  Why? Because engineers aren’t good with people.

“Dr. Bright, tell me again, exactly what did you do in your former position?”

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Damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t

Bright claimed that the administration (i.e. Trump) missed “early warning signals” to prevent the spread of the virus.

Hmmm …

Early on, Trump was being “informed” by the WHO which was saying “Not to to worry. Under control. No person-to-to-person contagion”, Dr. Birx who confessed that she “never saw this coming” and grandsayer Dr. Fauci who, into February, was telling folks to chill out – take a cruise if you want.

“So, Dr. Bright, should President Trump have disregarded the advice that he was geting from the WHO, Dr. Birx and Dr. Fauci?”

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Shades of John Kerry

My favorite part of Bright’s testimony…

“Dr. Bright, you say you were canned for opposing the use of hydroxychloroquine.  Please tell me, who signed off on the Emergency Use Authorization for hydroxychloroquine?”

Dr. Bright: “I did, but …”

“But, what?”

“Later, I realized that there wasn’t a compelling amount of scientific research that the drug was beneficial”.

Analogical translation: “I was for hydroxychloroquine before I was against it.”

Apparently, Bright was busy prepping for his testimony and missed this May 12 newsflash:

Researchers at NYU’s Grossman School of Medicine found patients given the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine along with zinc sulphate and the antibiotic azithromycin were 44 percent less likely to die from the coronavirus.

Otherwise, he might have had to confess: “I was for hydroxychloroquine before I was against it … but, now I’m for it again.”

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There’s a hurricane coming

Of course, like a good weatherman, Dr. Bright warned that “2020 could be the darkest winter in modern history.”

If it is the darkest ever, he can wrest the omnipotence mantle from Dr. Fauci and bellow “I told you so.”.

If it isn’t, folks will just wonder:

“Dr. Bright, who?”

One Response to ““I was for hydroxychloroquine before I was against it””

  1. Our slant on last week’s COVID-19 news | The Homa Files Says:

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