Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.
— Mark Twain
Despite deniers’ neverending claim that they’re “winning” their campaign to spread doubt about global warming, they’re losing. Big time. They just can’t win against nature. With heat waves on four continents at the same time this summer, once-in-a-thousand-years drought and flooding, wildfire on the rise in western North America, sea level rise enough that coastal cities now flood at extreme high tide even without storms or rain, an astounding record-breaking hurricane year in the Pacific, their precious “pause” in temperature rise shown to be a sham all along, and two record-hottest years in a row, people are catching on. Even tea party republicans can’t swallow the lie any more.
But there’s one group that not only still swallows the lie, but repeats it and tries to force it down everybody’s throat: politicians. Specifically, republican politicians. Not republican voters, mind you — they’re catching on. It’s republican politicians. For years they’ve spread the misiniformation, but in their desperation to swim against the tide of truth they’re getting nastier.
The most visible example is Texas congressman Lamar Smith, the subject of a major opinion piece in the LA Times. What makes him even worse is that through some perversion, he’s managed to become chair of the house committee on science, space, and technology. Worst choice ever.
But it’s not just Lamar Smith. Republican politicians have vowed to sabotage U.S. efforts to work with the rest of the world in the Paris climate talks. They’ve also been pushing legislation to kill the clean power plan.
What they’ll really end up doing is killing their own political party. If republican voters want to have a say in American politicians, if they want the voice of conservatism to have a seat at the table — if they still want to have a political party five years from now — there’s only one way to save the republican party: get rid of the climate denier politicians.
Republicans, this means you’ve got to make some sacrifices. You have to vote for democrats. Maybe you hate the idea — but if you don’t, if you succeed in re-electing the climate-denying idiots you’ve got now, it will kill your party.
Climate denial is a cancer on the republican party. Even though it’s painful to put up with surgery, you’ve got to cut out the cancerous tissue. Even though it makes your hair fall out and your stomach turn, you’ve got to swallow the chemotherapy. The only other choice is death.
So here’s your prescription, from the doctor who isn’t going to sugar-coat the situation and tell you it’s all O.K. but will tell it like it is: unless Lindsay Graham gets the republican nomination (which ain’t likely), you need to vote for Hillary Clinton for president. None of those other republican contenders is acceptable — even the ones who seem “moderate” like Bush and Rubio are just climate deniers without the balls to be honest about it. You hate the idea? Too bad, it’s time to take your medicine. For the sake of the republican party.
Because when it comes to your precious republican party, the only alternative is death.