Serendipity: The Transition Team’s Friend. Monday morning, the president-elect named the members of his pandemic task force and, by comparison to the hacks and quacks to whom we’ve been treated over the past several months, this one looks like the A-Team. From the New York Times:

On Monday morning, the president-elect announced the leadership of his coronavirus task force — the first public step in what aides say will be a focus on confronting the pandemic that has claimed almost a quarter of a million American lives. It will be led by Dr. Vivek Murthy, a surgeon general under former President Barack Obama, who has been a key Biden adviser for months and is expected to take a major public role; David Kessler, a former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration for the first President George Bush and President Bill Clinton; and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, a professor of public health at Yale University.

Read the rest of Charlie Pierce’s piece at Esquire.