Whether Hydroxycholoroquine Works Is Not About Trump

President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, D.C., April 6, 2020 (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
The data are not in, but we should be hoping it’s effective in treating COVID-19.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE W hat’s your opinion on the use of hydroxycholoroquine to treat coronavirus infection? What’s your opinion of Donald Trump? Far too many people are letting their answer to the second question decide the first.

The blogger Ace of Spades had a brilliant insight back in 2013 about “The MacGuffinization of American Politics”:

In a movie or book, “The MacGuffin” is the thing the hero wants. . . . Alfred Hitchcock noted — counterintuitively, when you first hear this — that . . . the audience doesn’t care at all about the MacGuffin. The hero in the movie itself cares, but the audience doesn’t.

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