The Idiotsphere is having kitties of different shapes and sizes about U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle kiboshing the plane mask mandate. Two things struck me as interesting about the reaction: First, they attacked the judge because a group of other lawyers found her not to be qualified for “reasons” (IMHO mostly because she was a Trump appointee), but not a peep has been said about the lack of legality, fault or if her decision was unconstitutional. Zip. Nada. Niente.
And the second thing? This.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki called it a “disappointing” decision and said the CDC was still reviewing the ruling while encouraging Americans to continue wearing masks while traveling. When pressed on whether travelers were currently required to wear masks, Psaki said they were waiting for guidance from the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security.
This is not a surprise the befell the administration out of nowhere. This is not a lawsuit that was brought last week, and the judge rushed to decide on it.
The suit was filed last July against President Biden, the CDC and various administration officials by a legal group known as Health Freedom Defense Fund and airline passengers, including Ana Daza, who said she has anxiety aggravated by wearing masks.
So, either the administration’s lawyers were a bunch of morons who did not prepare for an immediate appeal in case the decision went against them, or they clearly knew they did not have a legal stand at the end of the day and was better not to even bother. And when the administration officially says “we are reviewing the ruling” it probably means “we are going to put this crap in the back burner and hope you forget about it. Here, look at the squirrels!”
The people in the administration are probably happy they did not have to take down the ruling themselves. It is bad enough in the polls (and their pride) as it is than adding to admit they made a a huge legal mistake.