When GOP strategist Karl Rove lost his cool on Fox News Tuesday night and refused to accept the network’s decision to call Ohio for Obama and effectively end the race, it illustrated the Republican party’s belief-centric approach to this year’s election.
More importantly, it perfectly encapsulates the Republican party’s stance on climate science. Rather than trust all those scientists who use complicated models and observation, the modern Republican political pundit uses his “gut” and his “belief” to determine reality.
If you haven’t seen the full Rove clip, watch it. Or better yet, watch John Stewart’s take below, which more appropriately points out the absurdity of the incident.
“You can go through all the scientific gobbledegook you like, I don’t believe it,” said Fox’s Stewart Varney, mocking New York Times’ Nate Silver for his “scientific” approach to poll tracking — a strategy that ultimately proved dead-on correct in predicting the election results.
In post-election coverage, Fox host Megyn Kelly confronted Rove on his dismissal of the Ohio results: “Is this the math you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better? One could easily replace the word “math” with “science” and sum up the party’s stance on climate change.
(Hat tip to Sam Ricketts for flagging the clip and pointing out the climate connection).