I’m dying to know the backstory on how this very conventional and responsible briefing, probably the single best thing the White House has done since Election Day, came together given the office politics affecting the task force. Last I checked, Scott Atlas had the run of the place, Anthony Fauci was at risk of being fired, and Deborah Birx was so disgusted by Atlas’s ignorance that she left town. She’s been on the road for months, speaking to local officials about how to contain their outbreaks.
Now suddenly here they are, side by side with Mike Pence, with neither Atlas nor Trump anywhere in sight. Watching this, you would think it was late March again.
What happened? Did Pence pull off a coup of his own?