To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy.
The easy rebuttal is that John McCain also believes in evolution and climate change. But the last two-and-a-half years have changed the Republican Party. Whereas the 2008 election saw a party aware of a brand diminished by George W. Bush, the GOP of 2012 is guided entirely by an energized base of right wing zealots. Any willingness by a candidate to engage in a dialogue on economics, ecology or..what's another e-word...energy, is interpreted as surrender, or perhaps as Rick Perry would say, treason!
I think Huntsman is dead in the water, which is ironic because in many ways he represents the classical image of the Republican Party. Who is looking out for U.S. business interests more than the ambassador to China the country Richard Nixon opened relations as part of his pragmatic Cold War policy of détente. (Cuba was not important enough for us to bury the hatchet) Who is better versed in the global economy the GOP embraces or the national security threat that China, as a rising power, poses to the United States?
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