Egan: How Republicans became the party of death

Photo by Evan Vucci of The Associated Press / President Donald Trump listens during a demonstration of ways NASA is helping to combat the coronavirus in the Cabinet Room of the White House on Friday, April 24, 2020, in Washington.

I look at the numbers every day, sometimes every hour, sometimes before dawn. China is not to be trusted. Nor is Russia. I'm always curious about the latest death toll out of Sweden, a country with a riskier, more self-regulated approach to keeping people apart. And cheers for long-suffering bell'Italia, finally seeing a drop in active COVID-19 cases.

All of us want the same thing - a road map to the way out. The scientific consensus is clear and not that complicated: We need a significant upgrade of testing, contact tracing to track the infected, nuanced and dutiful social isolation, all to buy time until a vaccine is developed.

But the political way out reveals a stark divide, and some true madness. For Republicans, that pro-life slogan of theirs is just another term for nothing left to lose.