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June 3, 2010

FIORINA DISMISSES GLOBAL WARMING AS 'THE WEATHER'.... A few years ago, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) argued that climate change has "very important" implications for national security. That's clearly an accurate assessment, endorsed by military and intelligence officials.

In California, Carly Fiorina, one of the Republicans hoping to take on Boxer, has decided this is worthy of mockery. "Terrorism kills -- and Barbara Boxer's worried about the weather," Fiorina says with indignation in her new attack ad.

This inanity is interesting on a variety of levels. The first is the obvious one -- anyone who pretends there are no national security implications for global climate change isn't paying attention to the facts, and anyone who thinks global warming fears are comparable to "the weather" isn't very bright.

The second is that Fiorina must perceive this as a winning issue in her primary campaign, since it's one of the last ads she'll air before Republicans head to the polls on Tuesday. It's a reminder then, that, even in California, the GOP rank-and-file still don't take global warming seriously.

And third, it's worth remembering that as recently as 2008, Fiorina said she took climate change seriously.

Republican primaries do strange things to people.

Steve Benen 8:35 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (25)

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There seems to be something missing from the Fiorina ad.

She says "I ran Hewlett Packard" but the clip seems to jump past the next part of that sentence where she says "into the ground."

Posted by: TR on June 3, 2010 at 8:44 AM | PERMALINK

Would now be an appropriate time to play the ad made by veterans about how we should go for clean energy as the oil countries use our dollars to finance terrorists?

Posted by: JS on June 3, 2010 at 8:48 AM | PERMALINK

The GOP rank (indeed!) and file? Most of their untelligentsia and leaders don't take AGW seriously, and indeed are jerking off the conspiracy angle etc. You'd think they'd at least get that using less fossil fuel is fighting terrorism anyway ... Like we used to say, Osama bin Laden (remember him?) is sitting next to you in that SUV ...)

TR: running a company into the ground, running a nation or even the world into the ground - just like adultery or flings with lobbyists, all they need to do is jerk off that forgiveness racket (for people like them only) and it just doesn't matter anymore.

Posted by: Neil B on June 3, 2010 at 8:51 AM | PERMALINK

The Village Wingnut

UNDER a spreading wingnut tree
The village wingnut stands ;
The wingnuts , mighty ones are they ,
With large and sinewy insinuations ;
And the muscles of their brawny thoughts 5
Are strong as rubbery bands .

The hair is crisp , and of coulor , so long ,
The face is like the hiccough ;
Wingnut brows are wet with nervous sweat ,
Earns whate'er they can 10
And looks the whole world in the face ,
For they own not any sense .

Week in , week out , from morn till night ,
You can hear their bellows blow ;
You can hear the swing of the Drudge's heavy sludge 15
With measured beat and slow ,
Like a mad monk ringing a village bell ,
When the village energy for nuts are low .

Each burning deed and dead thought !
Oh wingnut tree you burn
You burn
For thee alone


Apologies to the memory ,
But thanks for the poem !
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow . 1807-1882

Posted by: FRP on June 3, 2010 at 8:53 AM | PERMALINK

Remember Last Autumn

when the right wing was proclaiming that "global warming" was clearly impossible, because the temperature was getting colder every day? This continued on through winter, and every snowstorm was taken as further evidence of the perfidy of the "global warming conspiracy."

Funny how the converse doesn't apply, now that we're moving from spring into summer. The reality-based left wing wouldn't stoop to implying that routine seasonal changes are equivalent to long term climate change - but what about the comedians?

Posted by: Zandru on June 3, 2010 at 8:54 AM | PERMALINK

A misnomer we still have not recovered from is calling it "Global WARMING".

"Climate Change" is subject to degree, overtone, varied interpretations. Proles don't do nuance.

I'm looking forward to the Faux News spin on this year's hurricane season. . .

Posted by: DAY on June 3, 2010 at 9:02 AM | PERMALINK

Fiorina's pandering to the most ignorant among us could only happen in a nation where ordinary reality buffers no longer exist. It's been a race to the bottom for some time now. We're just about there.

Fiorina is not going to win in November but she won't lose any points with this issue. Know-nothingism is alive and well not only among Republican primary rubes but the media elite who deem what's important (say, the Gore marriage) and what's merely controversial. Like science.

Posted by: walt on June 3, 2010 at 9:04 AM | PERMALINK

Republican primaries do strange things to people.

The absence of Republican primaries is even worse, because it allows wingnuts to hide their true colors, and pretend to be much more moderate than they are in the general election. Then they govern like the wingnuts they are. (As Virginians in particular are finding out this year.)

So thank the good Lord for GOP primaries, where GOP candidates must openly declare whether they're on or off the wingnut bus.

Posted by: low-tech cyclist on June 3, 2010 at 9:35 AM | PERMALINK

The Pentagon calls global warming one of the biggest national-security threats we face. I guess they're just "worried about the weather" too.

Posted by: gradysu on June 3, 2010 at 9:51 AM | PERMALINK

The CIA 'external advisary board' was started circa 2008 and is no more than a legal way for lobbying to take place within the CIA. In case your wondering how Carly would get a job on the first "board", I can only imagine it was a way for her to continue siphoning off the corporate dole as her ties to HP (a large software contractor to the CIA) placed her in a position to grow HP's piece of the military industrial complex pie. If she hadn't been so busy trying to peddle overpriced software, she might have noticed the defense department has requested several estimates on the security consequences of climate change and takes the phenomenon very seriously.

Thanks, Fiorina, for reminding us you're a incompetent corporate lacky with a golden parachute.

Posted by: hah on June 3, 2010 at 9:55 AM | PERMALINK

TR, Carly didn't run HP into the ground. True, she had it in a nose dive, but she bailed out with her $20 million dollar parachute long before it could hit ground, and then others saved the company from crashing after she left. She has the dubious distinction of being named one of the 20 worst American CEOs of all time, but she's yet another one of those people who is personally successful while destroying everything around her.

Just what we need in the U.S. Senate.

Posted by: josef on June 3, 2010 at 10:22 AM | PERMALINK

The fact that Fiorina got rich while being an incompetent hack gives hope to the base of the Republican party.

Posted by: qwerty on June 3, 2010 at 10:31 AM | PERMALINK

Zandru, thanks for mentioning that. Snowstorms in winter obviously don't disprove the existence of global warming, but consistent patterns of change do support it. Spring came early this year: everything bloomed early, and the bird migrations started and ended sooner. By the second half of May, we were getting 80-90 degree temperatures in Michigan. We're talking about a pattern here, not just one day of unusually warm weather.

Posted by: T-Rex on June 3, 2010 at 10:31 AM | PERMALINK

at least now we understand why she did such a bad job at HP: she's an idiot.

Posted by: howard on June 3, 2010 at 10:35 AM | PERMALINK

Hey California,
This is the woman who helped to run HP's reputation into the ground while helping to export even more high tech jobs out of the Golden State. Great choice for governor, hey ?

Posted by: rbe1 on June 3, 2010 at 10:42 AM | PERMALINK

Hey, T-Rex, could you, please, send some of that warmth and spring conditions to the PNW? Record low seasonal temperatures, record rainfall, not only for the last two months, but, some on a daily basis. People are starting to tell their friends to "just swim over" to meet them. Plus, if you have any photos of something called Sun, please send it, as we have not seen it in many days.

Posted by: berttheclock on June 3, 2010 at 10:42 AM | PERMALINK

. . . it's worth remembering that as recently as 2008, Fiorina said she took climate change seriously.

Yes, but now she's trying to get elected to office as a representative of the FIP (Fuckin' Idiot Party)! So she needs to embrace views and say things that are fuckin' idiotic!

Posted by: David Bailey on June 3, 2010 at 11:02 AM | PERMALINK

Carly Fiorina--wasn't she the one who wanted us to be afraid of killer sheep?

Posted by: Gaia on June 3, 2010 at 11:21 AM | PERMALINK

When I was a kid it was commonplace to have what were known as "Disaster Drills" in school - essentially, a bell would ring and we would all get under our desks, cover our heads, and expose our spines. *THIS* was what we were to do during a disaster, and fear of disaster was the name of the game. Nowadays the Republicans have latched onto "terrorism" as the new disaster drill that they want Americans to endure on a daily basis. Who doesn't want to hear that we're at Orange Alert *every single day* for the rest of our lives? It certainly helps with plastic wrap and duct tape sales.

The fact that Fiorina is pandering to her base by poo-pooing Global Warming is predictable. But her reference to terrorism - to me, THAT is what is insidious about her ad.

Posted by: Limbaughs Diabetes on June 3, 2010 at 11:41 AM | PERMALINK

The Republicans have been misunderestimating "that little housewife from Marin County" (their term for her when she first ran, and won, the seat on the Marin County Board of Supervisors 35 years ago). Carly Fiorina is going to be put through the sausage machine in public, starting next Wednesday.

Posted by: TCinLA on June 3, 2010 at 12:31 PM | PERMALINK

Strange things, indeed. The best way for an elected Republican to experience an 8 point drop in the polls is to express belief in a scientific fact. Villagers will then discuss whether [he] should have done so.

Posted by: CJ on June 3, 2010 at 12:59 PM | PERMALINK
Great choice for governor, hey ?

This GOP former CEO is running for senator. A different GOP former CEO is running for governor: Meg Whitman.

Posted by: treetop on June 3, 2010 at 2:12 PM | PERMALINK

Hurricaine Ike killed 195 people and was responsible for $29.6 billion in economic losses.

Hurricaine Katrina killed 1,836 people and was responsible for $81 billion in economic losses.

In California, the state Carly wants to represent, the 2007 wildfires killed 14 and burned 1,500 homes. More wildfires in the Summer of 2008 killed 25, required 20,274 individuals to fight the fire, and burned 1,157,930 acres. Economic damages were massive, and the drain on the budget of cash-strapped California came at a very bad time.

I'm worried about the weather.

Posted by: The DeMBA on June 3, 2010 at 2:55 PM | PERMALINK

Fourth, Hurricane Katrina was just "the weather." Apparently, being concerned about things like that makes you some sort of a crazy.

Posted by: Wisco on June 3, 2010 at 5:21 PM | PERMALINK

GLOBAL WARMING IS PROVEN SCIENCE! "PROVEN" and backed by scientists worldwide! There is no question about there being dramatic shifts in our climate as a direct result of human consequence. "Bad weather" is the leg you're standing on? And my fellow Californian's support this? I'm moving... screw this country. The USA is just a joke in the eyes of the rest of the world anyway. Hey, right-wing idiots: go read a book and then do a little traveling, it'd wake you right up.

Posted by: Californian on June 9, 2010 at 3:51 AM | PERMALINK
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