Well, we’re not even to February and we already have one of the most head-scratching, laugh-until-you-cry headlines of the year. We grew discouraged with the state of our nation’s average intelligence when we learned that a bunch of people on Twitter thought that one of the Capitol rioters was named “Via Getty,” and this is just further confirmation that something is deeply wrong with our country. When the new president nominates someone with an obvious mental illness to be his #2 at the Department of HEALTH and Human Services…like, what can you even say?
President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be his assistant secretary of health, leaving her poised to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
“Dr. Rachel Levine will bring the steady leadership and essential expertise we need to get people through this pandemic — no matter their zip code, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability — and meet the public health needs of our country in this critical moment and beyond,” Biden said in a statement. “She is a historic and deeply qualified choice to help lead our administration’s health efforts.”
A graduate of Harvard and of Tulane Medical School, Levine is president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. She’s written in the past on the opioid crisis, medical marijuana, adolescent medicine, eating disorders and LGBTQ medicine.
A couple of things: One, we didn’t know that “LGBTQ medicine” was an actual discipline – do gay people require different drugs? Of course, we assume this really means that she’s written about transition hormones and surgery, which is a category better described as “beclownment” than medicine.
Two, we have a suspicion that Biden prized Levine rather more for the “historic” aspect of the nomination than the “deeply qualified” part. Call us crazy.
That’s not to say that Levine isn’t qualified in terms of his resume, but we’re guessing it wouldn’t have taken a whole lot of searching to find someone equally qualified who didn’t come with the baggage of being a MAN WHO THINKS HE’S A WOMAN. Therefore, it is impossible to escape the conclusion that this appointment is all about “diversifying” his administration and has very little to do with finding the best people to address the pandemic.
You’re not off to a great start, Joe. Just sayin’.