June 3, 2011 Leave a comment
Despite the gloom and doom of Jon Chait and some others on Romney’s chances, the fellas (John Dickerson and David Plotz, I don’t recall Emily Bazelon having an opinion) at the Slate Political Gabfest both suggested that Romney would cruise to an early victory in the Republican primaries. I know it’s a weak field and Romney has money, but he’s responsible for bringing freedom-ending, socialized medicine to Massachussetts. Seems to me (and Chait), once he gets pummeled for that by his opponents, he’s toast. Yet, many smart political observers clearly think otherwise. Anyway, I came across this really surprising news today:
Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney broke with Republican orthodoxy on Friday by saying he believes that humans are responsible, at least to some extent, for climate change.
“I believe the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that,” he told a crowd of about 200 at a town hall meeting in Manchester, New Hampshire.
“It’s important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may be significant contributors.”
Whoa!! Sadly, such a mainstream, scientifically-based opinion has become as anathema in the Republican party as suggesting that an individual mandate is a good idea for health care. What’s Romney thinking here? Maybe like Plotz and Dickerson he thinks he’s going to win the nomination and he already wants to start acting like a sensible moderate for the general? One interpretation is that he really just believes this and he’s a man of his principles, yet the evidence would seem to indicate that there are few more shameless panderers than Romney. All in all, a very interesting development. Really curious to see what his climate-change denying opponents (especially Pawlenty and Huntsman who have rescinded their sanity on the issue to appeal to the base) make of this.