Mockery Made Cute--and Tasteless

By Keith Kloor
Jun 22, 2009 8:42 AMNov 20, 2019 12:50 AM


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Why is Joe Romm exploiting his daughter to make hay over a political party that is completely marginalized and has no power whatsoever to influence current climate legislation in Congress? It makes no sense to me. She's a really cute child and I'm a proud father myself. But I find it unbecoming to plaster your kid's face on the web for the sake of a blog post that is intended as mockery. And what is Romm's point, anyway? That the GOP has been doing its best to sabotage a climate bill, right? And they have done this how? By offering a gazillion amendments? By talking nonsense about climate change? By working from an outdated, rhetorical playbook? C'mon. That fly Obama swatted down presented a bigger threat to the Waxman-Markey Bill. Get a grip, Joe. As anyone who has been following the debate knows, and as this recent piece in Grist makes clear, the fate of the Waxman-Markey bill resides with House Democrats. Why are you wasting your time (on Father's Day, no less!) on a political non-entity? It would at least have been better if you saved your daughter's adorable visage for a worthier ax to grind.

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