Performance artist Sarah Palin has just snagged her latest victim. This time it’s the editorial page of the Washington Post, whose editors have taken a break from their unyielding calls for more Muslim blood to be spilled to grant Palin a venue for her latest, hilarious manifesto.
Palin argues that climate scientists really aren’t very smart–except for the ones who are funded by energy companies–and also those eggheads hate Real Americans. The so-called “climate-gate” controversy, in which a few overly zealous researchers practiced bad science, means we should throw the baby out with the bathwater according to Prof Palin.
Fellow T/S blogger David Knowles already addressed the inherent hypocrisy involved in Palin acting as an advocate for “sound science”–for one, the fact that she doesn’t believe in evolution–but there’s one other element of her Op-Ed that deserves mentioning. In “her”–we all know she didn’t write this, come on–final four paragraphs, she uses a really cute little phrase: cap-and-tax. Hee hee hee hee! Ooooo, boy-o, what a giddy little thrill.
See, it’s ACTUALLY called cap-and-trade, but she calls it cap-and-tax! Many conservatives have used this cute turn of phrase before, but, it’s a made up name. Even if you don’t agree with cap-and-trade (and as Allison Kilkenny pointed out earlier this week, it doesn’t go far enough to limit emissions) the goddamn Washington Post should at least insist it be called by the correct name.
In her final four paragraphs, she uses “cap-and-tax” 5 times, bludgeoning the reader with idiotic rhetoric. Though it’s ridiculous to hold the WaPo editorial board to any journalistic standards at all, it’s still revolting to see those kinds of childish distortions given center stage on one of the two largest national newspapers.