In central Arizona, this piece of Republican tripe seemed to be running in an endless loop on broadcast TV.
That's how Time Magazine summarizes the political ad's message, before pointing out that the hyped threat has been "repeatedly refuted."
Delaware Senator Chris Coons tweeted Johnathan Cohn's unexceptional article, which points out that a tiny number of Ebola cases in the United States and Europe are a minor threat compared to "the real problem, which is the outbreak in West Africa and the toll it is taking there."
He received in turn hundreds of messages like this:
Too many people in this country are scared witless. Okay, it is obvious that keeping us terrified serves the interests of the Republicans. Their only policy proposals are to take necessary services away from the majority and give the country's resources to the one percent -- these are not very popular ideas when when people understand them, so they need us to remain witless.
But why are so many ready, even eager, to be governed by fears? The music historian and cultural critic Greil Marcus thinks the mere fact of there being a Black president has driven some of us over the edge.
Sometimes my fellow citizens scare me. That seems an appropriate fear.