[I'd love readers answers to the two headline questions posed by Klein. ]
When I get back from vacation, I’ll blog at length about what the White House’s dreadful messaging on health care says about the likelihood they’ll improve their dreadful messaging on the climate and clean energy bill.
But Time magazine’s Joe Klein — a generally moderate/centrist columnist — has written perhaps the definitive piece on what the health reform “debate” says about the Republican establishment, in a piece titled, “The GOP Has Become a Party of Nihilists.” As Wikipedia explains:
Most commonly, nihilism is presented in the form of existential nihilism which argues that life is without meaning, purpose, or intrinsic value. Moral nihilists assert that morality does not exist, and subsequently there are no moral values with which to uphold a rule or to logically prefer one action over another.
I have previously made this point about the willful immorality of beltway conservatives/Republicans on climate change:
- Gingrich sums up GOP ethos: “I am not a citizen of the world! I think the entire concept is intellectual nonsense and stunningly dangerous.”
- House GOP pledge to fight all action on climate. “Why do conservatives hate your children?
- RNC head Steele: “The supposed warming, and I am using my finger quotation marks here, is part of the cooling process.”
- Hill conservatives reject all 3 climate strategies and embrace Rush Limbaugh — what does that radicalism mean for Obama, progressives, and humanity?
Klein shows it is a broader phenomenon. I’ll excerpt him at length since the GOP scorched-earth strategy on healthcare certainly foreshadows the fall debate we’ll see on climate: