Blake Hounshell edits the “On Politics” newsletter at the New York Times, so you think he’d be pretty clued in, but it seems he’s just putting the pieces together a couple of months after Glenn Youngkin won the gubernatorial race in Virginia. Youngkin, you see, has defined the “new” mainstream Republican position regarding the COVID-19 vaccine: Republicans are pro-vaccine, but anti-mandate.

Governors like Ron DeSantis made this pretty clear well before Youngkin was elected, and anyone who encountered Republicans in real life already knew this.

The occasion? Youngkin got his booster shot:

It figures; Joe Lockhart can’t even see all of the other replies to the same tweet.


Trump … drink!