Except for two, maybe three or four of them (to be named shortly).
Why will they flip-flop? Because they’ll finally figure out (most of them, at least) that they can’t get elected unless they do. Just like Mitt Romney flip-flopped (in the wrong direction no less) in 2012 when he figured out he couldn’t get the Republican nomination unless he did.
It’s not just the killer heat wave that has recently hit the Pacific northwest; it’s killer heat waves on four continents this year — and summer isn’t nearly over yet. It’s not just the California drought, it’s drought and near-zero snowpack throughout the western states. It’s not just extreme wildfire in the Pacific northwest, it’s extraordinary wildfire extreme in Alaska and Canada, with the smoke from Canadian wildfires drifting as far south as N. Carolina.
And it’s not just scientists saying that it’s urgent to take action, something with real teeth in it not just some token response, that this is both a survival issue and a moral issue. It’s the Pope.
Truly, it’s sad to say. But it’s true: the impacts from global warming are getting so obvious, if things get any worse this summer, and/or if next year brings a similar string of disasters, hell, even Republicans will have a hard time denying it.
And that’s when the flip-flopping will begin. One by one, with few exceptions, the Republican candidates will start talking about how yes, we need to do something about it — but they’ll be sure to add that we have to protect the economy (translation: protect the rich).
My prediction for sleaziest flip-flop: Jeb Bush.
My prediction for the ones who won’t flip-flop:
First, the one who doesn’t have to: Lindsey Graham. I detest Lindsey Graham because he’s so hawkish he wants to bomb the hell out of nearly everybody while killing off freedom of choice for women about their own bodies. But I’ll give him this: he’s the one Republican candidate who admits, and has never to my knowledge denied, that global warming is a problem and we should do something about it. He’s sometimes been wishy-washy about it, and he emphasizes protecting business (translation: protect the rich), but he really doesn’t need to flip-flop about global warming.
The one who won’t flip-flop but will continue to deny, come hell and/or high water: Donald Trump.
The other ones whom might not flip-flop because they’ve been so stupid about the whole thing: Ted Cruz and good ole’ “Mr. Oops” Rick Perry.