Pelosi Brings Hygiene Theater Back to the House

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) attends a meeting in Washington, D.C., July 28, 2021.
(Elizabeth Frantz/Reuters)

On Tuesday night, the Capitol physician announced that a mask mandate would be reimposed for vaccinated and unvaccinated people alike in the U.S. House (but not in the Senate, which is part of the same Capitol building, because science).

House minority leader Kevin McCarthy said that the mask mandate for vaccinated people was “not based on science.” House speaker Nancy Pelosi responded to McCarthy’s comment by saying on Wednesday: “He’s such a moron.”

A couple hours later, Pelosi attended her weekly press conference, where she wore a mask up to the podium but then proceeded to speak for 20 minutes unmasked.

Mask mandates may indeed be foolish: Why should we care about COVID cases if the vaccines protect the vaccinated from death and serious illness? If we embrace mask mandates for vaccinated people now, will the mandates be here forever? 

But if wearing a mask still serves any purpose at all, isn’t the most important time to wear one when someone is speaking?