If you’re a conservative that holds an elected office, especially, at the national level, and want to remain in the good graces of your grassroots base, do whatever is necessary to avoid so much as a hint that Obama IS eligible to be president and that climate change IS real. At the extremes you can insist that Obama is a fraud and that climate change is a hoax. If that’s a bridge too far for you, then find a way to dodge a direct question about either one or both matters. What follows are some classic cases in point.
Question: Do you think that the president is eligible to hold office?
Speaker Boehner: Stated that it’s not his place to tell people what to think. Of course, that wasn’t what he was asked so he was being evasive and non-responsive to the query.
Blake Farenthold (R-TX): “I wasn’t in office at the time”. Huh??? What a classic non-sequitur. What are we to believe, congressman, that you think about such matters only after being elected? And once you WERE elected with Obama still in office, did you have any thoughts, THEN?
Question: Do you believe that climate change is real?
Marco Rubio (R-FL): “I’m not a scientist”. Double-huh??? You mean as a policy-maker you haven’t educated yourself regarding this matter? Millions of voters go to the polls each election having studied critical issues so as to cast an informed ballot, and you can’t manage to do the same thing in the Senate?
Rick Scott (R-Gov.-FL): Channeled Rubio with his very own “I’m not a scientist” response.
What we see in these forms of evasive, illogical replies that insult our intelligence is a toxic “cocktail” that contains an equal mix of political expediency and cowardice. As posited at this blogsite back on January 30, 2014, we are desperately “In Need of Our Own Edmund Burkes”; elected representatives who are UNafraid to speak their truth to constituents.