Democrats have a new plan for pushing climate change legislation that would severely damage the US economy: ridiculing climate change opponents. “These people have to ridiculed,” explained Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) to Netroots Nation. “They have to be run out of town rhetorically.” Dave Weigel of Slate.com helpfully reports, “If denying climate change becomes as dangerous to talk about as abortion, voila, they can start tripping up the other side. They needed to try, because nothing else worked.”
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) agreed with Schatz, stating, “When you make fun of people – here’s an example. In Indiana last year, a conservative candidate lost the Senate race because he said something stupid about rape.” Waxman added that Obama might take unilateral action on climate change. “He’s not running for re-election,” Waxman noted.
Clearly, Waxman and Schatz haven’t been watching Al Gore, who has attempted this strategy for years.