T-paw, learn a thing from Mitt - or maybe not
At least one GOP prez candidate isn't pandering to nut jobs, but that doesn't mean he's making any sense
By Shawn Lawrence Otto | Jun 04, 2011 | Comments (0)
Today Mitt Romney admitted what the educated world already knows: global climate change is real, it's human-caused, and we need to do something about it. It's a lesson in good old American courage to lead that the other "moderate" GOP candidate, my old friend Tim Palwenty, could take a lesson from - almost.
I admire Mitt for his stand, which is a sad statement about the level of climate change denialism that is going on in today's antiscience GOP. Pawlenty, on the other hand, has been waffling, wanting so badly to be liked that he is willing to sacrifice his principles to politics.
If there's one thing I've learned in politics, it's that you've got to stand for something. Tim never really has, which is why he squeaked by almost by default in his first gubernatorial campaign and only won reelection by the slightest margin when Mike Hatch lost his cool in the closing days of his campaign. Neither performance showed significant political skill in messaging, and neither compare favorably with the skill shown by the passionately motivated and politically gifted Michele Bachmann. You've got to stand for something and want to lead the country there, Tim. But what?
To be fair to Tim, who I used to golf with once in a while, Mitt says he isn't for cap and trade either. This boggles my mind. “Conservatives invented cap and trade, to battle acid rain," president George W. Bush's former chief economic advisor, Doug Holtz Eakin told me. I'll have more from him in my book. "They were leaders in overthrowing liberals on it under Reagan. Before that it was all command-and-control approaches, and we brought market forces in to bear through cap and trade and it saved a ton of money.” It's true. Cap and Trade is a huge conservative success story, costing about a quarter of what it was projected to, and saving about $70 billion a year - an ROI of more than 40 to one! What's not to love about that?
Well, I'll tell you. FreedomWorks and Americans for Prosperity, that's what. Both started and/or funded by the Kochs. Both big supporters of tea party Republicans.
So explain to me the logic, Mitt: If you agree that it's real, human caused, and we need to do something about it, your answer is... more drilling?
These guys are like gymnasts.
Tags: Climate Change, Republicans, Tea Party