Nancy Pelosi is calling out Birx in no uncertain terms, and of course Birx deserves it. Like everyone else who walked into the White House as (perhaps) a competent professional, she’ll walk out with her reputation in tatters. Her dumb happy talk in April, her silence when Trump recommended shoving light up your ass to cure the virus, and her almost certain backing down with Trump in private makes Pelosi’s judgment that she’s “the worst” richly deserved.
I had never heard of Birx before the task force briefings, and as soon as I saw that she was part of them, I assumed that she was incompetent and/or compromised, because who else would work for Trump? Trump’s “testing czar” at HHS has a checkered past, and of course he fucked up from bean to cup. Only someone with a solid gold reputation and bureaucratic infighting skills like Fauci can survive Trump with his reputation intact. Everyone else leaves Trump’s orbit a lesser person than when they came in, and Birx is learning from an experience that any reasonably intelligent person could have predicted.
Perhaps I’d have some sympathy for Birx if the pandemic had happened in 2017 and she hadn’t seen the pattern of Trump compromising then throwing away people who work for him. But it’s 2020, and as the X-rays clearly show, this bone was broken long ago.