It’s been over a week since Ted Cruz made his asinine comment regarding climate change during an interview with Seth Meyers1 but the presidential hopeful is still getting smacked around.
Slate wrote that “What Cruz said, in its entirety, is what comes out of the south end of a north-facing bull,” adding that Cruz has “his head firmly planted in the sand,” and accuses him of “going full Orwell.”
Responding to those remarks to Seth Meyers, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) told NBC’s Chuck Todd last Sunday that Sen. Ted Cruz’s views on climate change make him “absolutely unfit to be running” for the office of president.
[T]hat man betokens such a level of ignorance and a direct falsification of the existing scientific data. It’s shocking and I think that man has rendered himself absolutely unfit to be running for office.
Cruz responded later on Sunday, telling Breitbart that “global warming alarmists” like Brown “ridicule and insult anyone who actually looks at the real data.”
Dan Newman, a strategist and spokesman for Brown’s recent re-election campaign in 2014, told SF Gate on Monday that:
Cruz is trying to own the far-right flank of the crowded GOP primary, so he’s making a strategically rational decision to be factually irrational.He’s spouting what would politely be called ‘guano’ crazy rhetoric in a calculated effort to stand out from the pack of troglodytes.
Gizmodo all but called Cruz an idiot for his views on global warming, writing:of
>”Ted Cruz is a climate change denier?” you ask. Yes, he sure is. (Ted Cruz is also, very unfortunately, the overseer of NASA.) And just because the loud-mouthed Texan thinks he’s fit for the nation’s highest office doesn’t mean he’s going to yield his absurdly misled beliefs about the planet Earth. […]
Actually, Ted, there’s been quite a bit of warming. Good luck on the trail with that upside-down burning American flag campaign logo, though! Don’t forget to bring sunscreen
The San Francisco Chronicle reported on Monday that:
Democratic strategist Garry South says Cruz’s statements point up a potential problem ahead for the GOP field on the issue of climate change.
Noting that “Climate change denial, at its core, is an economic position, not scientific,” The Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday that:
The oil and gas industry was the second largest source of campaign donations to Cruz, at $1.1 million in 2011-2014, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
The conventional wisdom is that Cruz hasn’t got a chance, and, as far as the Presidency goes, it’s probably accurate. To many Americans, he is the uppity loudmouth who, in the fall of 2013, less than a year into his first term as a senator, helped bring the federal government to a halt. Noted for railing against President Obama and denying the existence of climate change, he holds views that, according to an analysis by the Web site FiveThirtyEight, make him “more conservative than every recent G.O.P. nominee, every ’12 contender and every plausible ’16 candidate.”
FOOTNOTE 1: “I just came back from New Hampshire where there’s snow and ice everywhere. And my view actually is simple: Debates on this should follow science, and should follow data. And many of the alarmists on global warming, they got a problem cuz the science just doesn’t back them up. And in particular, satellite data demonstrates that the last 17 years there’s been zero warming. None whatsoever. It’s why—you remember how it used to be called global warming and then magically the theory changed to climate change? The reason is it wasn’t warming, but the computer models still say it is, except the satellites show it’s not.”