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By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture, Sept. 29, 2021

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

Who is to blame for the latest surge in the Covid epidemic? The New York Times suggests a scapegoat: Blame it on Republicans.

Analyst David Leonhardt observes that the latest statistics show registered Republicans less likely to be vaccinated, and sure enough, the numbers also show that Covid cases have grown faster recently in counties that swung Republican in last year’s election. The statistical differences— as Leonhardt presents them— are quite dramatic.

QED? Well, not quite. There could easily be other reasons why the “red states” are seeing higher case numbers. Just off the top of my head, it’s possible that the epidemic hit urban areas first, and is now moving out to more rural districts, which coincidentally tend to be located in the “red states.” …

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