- Huntsman Slams Perry on Climate and Evolution: We Are "On the Wrong Side of Science and Therefore in a Losing Position."
- "The Lesson for Today" by Robert Frost
- Karl Rove Predicts Sarah Palin Will Run for President
Posted: 21 Aug 2011 08:31 AM PDT
Last week, Jon Huntsman began to call out Governor Rick "4 Pinocchios" Perry and others in his party for being anti-science. He started with the tweet above that went viral.
On ABC's This Week, Huntsman went even further, explaining that being anti-science would harm his party — and America's future:
Whether it's bad for the Republican party remains to be seen — that would require President Obama and his team (and other progressive politicians) to push back in the general election the way Huntsman has in the GOP race.
But there's no question that having one of the two major political parties in the most powerful country in the world being anti-science is a disaster for the nation and the world (see WashPost stunner: "The GOP's climate-change denial may be its most harmful delusion"). I'll be expanding on that position in the coming weeks, but what is interesting is that in the full online interview with ABC (video below), Huntsman himself starts to explain just how counterproductive and self-destructive it is for the party:
Will other leading Republicans stand up for science?
Here's the full interview (the science part quoted above start around 5:30):
As an aside, it would be nice if Tapper, rather than quoting the statistics about how many GOP voters have unscientific views, would actually take the time to point out that Huntsman indeed has the scientific view, as expressed by our leading scientific bodies.
Also, Tapper should have asked him what the heck Huntsman proposes to do about global warming, given his recent flip-flop against cap-and-trade. More on that soon.
Posted: 21 Aug 2011 06:15 AM PDT
NY Times columnist Maureen Dowd ends her evisceration of President Obama's fecklessness with that quote from Robert Frost's poem "The Lesson for Today." The poem is satirical (and not as easy to find online as one might expect — try here).
Frost read the poem at Harvard's Phi Beta Kappa Society seven decades ago — June 20, 1941. Plus ça change.
My thought for the day: Progressives are liberals who will take their own side!
Like so many Frost poems, the poem has a great ending:
My favorite Frost poem is an epitaph for the planet:
Sadly, the planet need only perish once — and fire melts ice….
Posted: 20 Aug 2011 03:34 PM PDT
Karl Rove aka Bush's Brain predicted this morning on Fox News that Sarah Palin "gets in" to the presidential race next month (h/t TP):
One can never really figure out Rove's machinations since he helped ruin the country and his own party as President Bush's consigliere. He and the Bush mob don't like Rick "Four Pinocchios" Perry — even though Rove helped make Perry possible, as HuffPost has noted.
Certainly Obama looks beatable with his plummeting popularity and lame messaging, which is no doubt why Perry got it. But if Palin were smart — yes, I know — why would she get in now, rather than a month ago, which might have forestalled Perry — or even earlier, to forestall Michele Bachmann? Her entry now means a three-way split for the tea party vote and would probably make Mitt Romney the happiest of all.
As for Palin herself, she makes Perry seem like Lincoln (see Palin blames 'Gore-gate' for "this snake oil science stuff"). During the 2008 presidential campaign, the Washington Post itself gave her its highest (which is to say lowest) rating of "Four Pinocchios" for continuing to "to peddle bogus [energy] statistics three days after the original error was pointed out by independent fact-checkers."
There aren't enough Pinocchios in a children's library for this crop of GOP presidential candidates.
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