Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Inhofe and the Old/New Republicans

By Richard L. Fricker
February 14, 2007

After the Democrats won control of Congress last November, the conventional wisdom was that George W. Bush and other Republicans would look for ways to moderate far-right positions on key issues like the Iraq War and global warming, tacking closer to positions held by most American voters.

But that isn’t what happened. Instead, the Republican leadership has dug in its heels on Iraq, lambasted scientists who warn about climate change and – despite a few rhetorical concessions here and there – continued to support the same ol’ stuff.

Read on.

1 comment:

Craig said...

Thanks for a great post. It's alarming how we are unable to think outside of our own bank accounts, let alone outside of our own borders, or think of the future. Almost two weeks ago now, amazingly, Sam Bodman, the U.S. Energy Secretary made an official statement which read: “As the President has said, and this [IPCC] report makes clear, human activity is contributing to changes in our earth’s climate, and that issue is no longer up to debate.” (see here), and President Bush started denying his denials (see here). The average observer of these momentous concessions could easily be led to believe we're about to embark on an enthusiastic federal response. But, unfortunately it's more likely that the federal government will reluctantly get on the bus at the last possible minute, as state governors threaten to drive off without them. But then, revolutions never start from the top do they!