GOP Senator Invents a Completely New Form of Climate Change Denial
November 12, 2014
James Inhofe called himself a "one-man truth squad"—twice!
Jim Inhofe made other senators read the author's climate change-denying novel.
Congratulations, Voters. You Just Made This Climate Denier the Most Powerful Senator on the Environment.
November 05, 2014
He wrote an entire book calling global warming "the greatest hoax."
Two More Signs that the GOP and Tea Party Are One
August 28, 2014
It's bad politics for the Republicans, but the rest of us will suffer the consequences.
Will Akin and Ryan Save Elizabeth Warren?
August 22, 2012
Elizabeth Warren has struggled to remind voters in Massachusetts that Scott Brown IS a Republican. Will Paul Ryan and Todd Akin help?
The 2012 presidential campaign is gearing up, and that means it’s game-time for top political consultants—including veteran GOP ad man Fred Davis. Davis, who just came out with a slew of strange spots for Republican presidential candidate and former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, is known for his idiosyncratic m.o. Here is a sampling of his past work. Sonny Perdue In the 2002 gubernatorial election in Georgia, Davis conceived of this spot depicting opponent Roy Barnes as a rat thumping through Atlanta.
Is This What The Climate-Change Debate Has Come To?
February 10, 2011
Spend enough time listening to doubters and deniers of climate science speak, and you start to recognize certain familiar tics and tropes. There's the personal conversion story, for one. The skeptic explains how, once upon a time, he, too, blindly accepted everything climatologists have to say about how human activity is heating the planet.
Is The EPA Ignoring Congress with Its Climate Rules?
December 27, 2010
Last week, shortly before Christmas, the EPA posted a quick item on its website announcing a timetable for new climate regulations on power plants and petroleum refineries. This, in turn, provoked all sorts of outrage and confusion. Industry lobbyists blasted the move. James Inhofe predicted Armageddon and pledged to do whatever it took to thwart the agency. And some commenters framed this as a fresh power grab by the Obama administration. What was harder to find, though, was an explanation of what the EPA was actually doing. So let's roll tape.
Why The GOP's Earmark Ban Is Doomed
November 16, 2010
So how's that Republican war on pork holding up? All week, conservatives like Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn have been pushing their fellow senators to put a two-year moratorium on earmarks. They've managed to persuade Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and even Mississippi's prime porker, Thad Cochran, has just grudgingly acceded ("I remain unconvinced that fiscal prudence is effectively advanced by ceding to the Obama administration our constitutional authority to determine federal expenditures, but an earmark moratorium is the will of the Republican Conference.").
Leaving Global Warming To The Bureaucrats
June 21, 2010
In his TRB column this week, Jon Chait argues that EPA regulation is the best option left for tackling global warming, given the deadlock in the Senate. True, relying on the EPA's regulatory tools won't be the most elegant or efficient way of reducing greenhouse gases—a market-based cap-and-trade system would be far more flexible. But Senate conservatives are dead-set on blocking the elegant and efficient solution.