Sunday, August 05, 2012

"Wise" Men Getting Wiser

"I can see clearly now the rain is gone...."

Climate Skeptic, Koch-Funded Scientist Richard Muller Admits Global Warming Real & Humans The Cause

Dick Cheney: Picking Sarah Palin for VP Was ‘A Mistake’

Sandy Weill stages an epic conversion

Hmm, I sense a trend. Let's hope it continues.

In a much larger and more general sense, this conversion of right-wingers to more progressively-enlightened thinking has been an ongoing trend for some time now. For every Dennis Miller (once funny comedian who decided to cash in on wingnut ignorance, Bill O'Reilly style), there are many more David Brocks, John Coles, Bruce Bartletts, Arianna Huffingtons and David Frums, i.e. notable figures who realized the err of their beliefs and switched sides, right to left, or at least greatly moderated their once-strident conservative underpinnings.

For those of us who have long been on the right correct side of issues, it's been encouraging yet frustrating to see this trend unfold at such a sluggish pace. Hopefully we're now seeing the beginnings of an acceleration in this regard, likely expedited by the rightward drift of the GOP to an absurd extreme, forcing many die-hard believers to have a WTF moment and finally get a good whiff of smelling salts.


Anonymous said...

Richard Muller remains a Koch Brothers' paid skeptic. As the evidence of man's contribution to climate change became undeniable, Muller just hopped over to promoting methane gas as a solution while completely ignoring that methane gas in the short run (20 years) is 20 time more more of a greenhouse gas than CO2. Koch Brothers will be happy with that, all the way to the bank.

Anonymous said...

Wrong and confident always gets you ahead of right, but maybe not so self-assuredly certain. The former were fast tracked to CEO/VP while the latter lagged behind. By the time they were shown wrong, it was no longer their problem. Same in politics, same in business. Oh yeah, lying also works, unless you have a sense of shame or a conscience.

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