I really wonder just how much Tim Pawlenty hates himself every night when he looks in the mirror and realizes how stupid he has to make himself look just to try to appease the Republican base. Here is a guy who just a few years ago was working to solve climate change who is now trying to push the idea that it either doesn't exist or isn't man made.
This isn't a true beliving dumbass like James Inhofe, Pawelenty actually KNOWS better. But if he wants to have any chance at a national political career in his own party then he has to reject his own knowledge. Man that has got to eat his ass up at night. He can't be happy about it, that's for sure.
And the worst thing about it is that the wingnut base doesn't even care if he flip flops just to appease them. As long as he denies climate change they won't give a damn if he used to work as Al Gore's publicist. They don't want integrity, instead they demand conformity and many instances will even reward it no matter what a politicians prior record is.
What has to scare any elected Republican with half a brain is that its actually getting worse. Even John McCain who trashed bills that he himself sponsored, didn't have to go around denying science just to get the nomination. I have a feeling that by the time 2012 rolls around Republican primary candidates will have to have Rush Limbaugh writing their speeches just to have a shot at winning. It will be interesting to see just how low someone like Pawlenty is really willing to go to try to be the wingnut champion.
Interesting, and sad....