It's not easy to reach the highest tier in today's Republican hierarchy. Qualities that would be seen as genuine attributes in any decent, sane society are transformed into fatal character flaws when seen through Republican filters. Any doubt on that score is put to rest by Mitt Romney.
The Republican presidential nomination hopeful has run afoul of prominent party bigwigs by - gasp - sticking to his belief that the world is getting hotter and that human activity plays a role in the problem.
So far, Romney’s reviews from the right are not positive. His views about climate change in particular put him at odds with many in his party’s base.
“Bye-bye, nomination,” Rush Limbaugh said Tuesday on his radio talk show after playing a clip of Romney’s climate remark. “Another one down. We’re in the midst here of discovering that this is all a hoax. The last year has established that the whole premise of man-made global warming is a hoax, and we still have presidential candidates that want to buy into it.”
Then came the Club for Growth, which issued a white paper criticizing Romney. “Governor Romney’s regulatory record as governor contains some flaws,” the report said, “including a significant one — his support of ‘global warming’ policies.”