While there may be an excuse for his perceived gaffe last week in Ohio, Mitt Romney has made another notable shift on an issue. This time Romney is reversing course on global warming, in hopes to appeal to conservatives:
Speaking at a closed-door fundraiser on Thursday in Pittsburgh, Romney’s position on the causes of global warming continued the rightward shift that has been underway for several months “My view is that we don’t know what’s causing climate change on this planet. And the idea of spending trillions and trillions of dollars to try to reduce CO2 emissions is not the right course for us,” he told donors at Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center.
As recently as his 2010 book, No Apology, Romney wrote, “I believe that climate change is occurring.… I also believe that human activity is a contributing factor. I am uncertain how much of the warming, however, is attributable to man and how much is attributable to factors out of our control.”
In June of this year, Reuters reported that Romney said that the United States should “reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may be significant contributors.”
To be sure, I actually agree with Romney’s more recent comments on the issue, but as the AP notes, Romney isn’t really helping himself with these reversals. And if/when he gets into the general election, Democrats aren’t going to give him a pass.
Recently, I took a class taught by a professor who had spent much of their life as a scholar on American race relations. This professor’s career had been built on the premise that there were systemic (and apparently chronic) race difficulties in American society. With the United States of America electing its first black president, this professor was left with much of their intellectual firepower out of date.
While the Mainstream Media has all but anointed Barack Obama as the next president, John McCain and Sarah Palin continue campaigning, albeit not too effectively. With polls consistently showing Obama leading McCain, and the election just over three weeks away, one wonders if McCain has any hopes of winning.
I believe that McCain lost a great opportunity. When the stock market dramatically fell, the approval ratings of the current Administration fell with the economic conditions. With the Republican hopes fading, the Bush Administration signed on to a terrible plan to bailout Wall Street investors. Initially, Republican House members opposed the plan, but enough pork was added to an already bloated bill so that the politician spirit ruled the day and these politicians caved and supported the bailout.