What do William D. Ruckelshaus, Lee M. Thomas, William K. Reilly and Christine Todd Whitman all have in common?
A dry sense of humor?
A missing sense of history?
Needing a clue?
Oh, I forgot. They're all former Republican heads of the Environmental Protection Agency.
And, to many in today's Republican Party, they're Grade-A RINOs. Republicans In Name Only.
Now, Whitman actually ran the EPA in the 21st century. But, the rest have been out of political power so long, they are half-dead RINOs, pun richly intended.
Ruckelshaus is still trading off Saturday Night Massacre schtick. Lee Thomas might make a good guess on "What's My Line," as a Reagan official who's environmentally to the left of James Watt. Reilly? His patrician GOP caring is about as dead as Poppy Bush is. Whitman? Pop py's son, no patrician carer, fired her because she would have been too good a fit in his old man's administration.
So, why do four irrelevant, self-delusional RINOs think that most of today's GOPers are going to listen to them about climate change? After all, carbon dioxide is exactly what got Whitman fired by Shrub. But yet, they plead away at The Old Gray Lady.
None will get invited to a state or national GOP convention as long as they draw breath.
The Religious Right, in large part, either believes the Old Man simply won't let earth get harmed (you forget about Noah?) or that Jeebus will come back in time, like the cavalry over the hill (you forget that he said he himself doesn't know when he'll be back?).
The Koch Bros' daddy traded with Stalin. It's all about the bucks, and the bucks right now. Apres moi, le deluge.
And, that's true of most Republicans in positions of power today.