Last week a campaign
spending analysis documented the unchecked and mostly undisclosed
spending by shadowy front groups on energy-related advertising designed to
influence the 2010 congressional midterm elections. That report found that
these shadow front groups are spending big — more than $68.5 million on energy-related
Now along comes a
new poll, the latest in a string of public and private polling that
demonstrates that these front groups are just dead wrong when it comes to
climate and energy policy and that voters are not motivated to vote against
climate and energy supporters.
Republican Senate candidates may or may not agree on the science behind
witchcraft, but they are united in disbelief in the overwhelming science that
demonstrates manmade causes to global climate change. Increasingly, these
candidates are doing their best to boil a witch’s stew of doubt by attacking
the veracity of science and scientists.
Emerging from the campaign trail is the notion that vulnerable House Democrats
are “losing” their races due mostly to their vote in favor of the American
Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES). Let’s ignore the fact that the election
isn’t over yet and drill down on the false pretense that the ACES vote or
support for addressing our energy security and climate change is unpopular with
The “Pledge to America” is settling in. There has been lots of media interest — who could resist that great photo-op at the hardware store with the Republican leadership jacket- and tie-less in their starched white dress shirts as they rolled out these new ideas?
So far, the best take I’ve seen was Jon Stewart’s on the Sept. 23 “Daily Show.” If it weren’t funny, it would make me cry. Take five minutes and watch it here.
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