Brass Balls and Climate Change

If there’s one thing that you have to give the Obama administration credit for, it’s large brass cojones.There’s absolutely nothing they won’t say with a straight face, or do without fear of real punishment — because, after all, with a supine media and an over-cautious House Republican leadership, who is left to punish a president who will never run for elected office again and doesn’t care whether his fellow Democrats keep their jobs?

While Republicans fitfully pursue contempt against Lois Lerner and form a select committee to dig into the Benghazi cover-up, the “mainstream” media pretend none of it is happening; following Speaker of the House John Boehner’s announcement of the new Benghazi investigation, none of the three primetime “broadcast” news programs even mentioned it. As Charles Krauthammer put it regarding Benghazi — but it applies to the IRS scandal and almost every other Obama administration failing and scandal — “The point is that Republicans have done a terrible job in building the case.”

Sure, we’re treated to the sound of ABC’s Jonathan Karl aggressively questioning White House Press Secretary Jay Carney — all but calling him a liar (which he most certainly is) — but what does it matter if Karl’s bosses don’t care?

Initial news of the Ben Rhodes e-mail that finally pushed John Boehner to act received 46 seconds of coverage by ABC News. As Newsbusters put it, “they gave twice that amount of coverage to the U.S. Olympic speedskating suits.” ABC’s deep dive is nevertheless commendable compared to the zero seconds of coverage at NBC and CBS. But then, Jay Carney assured us that the Ben Rhodes e-mail instructing Susan Rice to talk about a video as the source of Middle East “protests” was “not about Benghazi.” So that settles it, right?

In addition to having on staff the most accomplished scoundrels since Enron and the most proficient word-twisters since Bill Clinton’s “that depends on what the meaning of ‘is’ is,” this administration’s other consistent predilection is trying to change the subject when things aren’t going their way. They are constantly “pivoting,” as in “pivot to jobs” (how many times have you heard that one?) or “pivot to the economy” or “pivot to Asia,” each of which now gets a smirk of “Seriously? Again?” even from such liberal bastions as Foreign Policy magazine and the aforementioned ABC News.

With the president facing his lowest approval ratings ever despite his victory lap for having coerced over 8 million people (although that number is likely also a lie) to sign up for expensive health insurance with high deductibles and despite the media’s complicity in trying to portray forcing two million young adults to subsidize their grandparents’ healthcare as “success,” it’s time for another pivot.

So right on schedule, this week we get the National Climate Assessment, a U.S.-version of the United Nations’ regular fear-mongering IPCC report, full of misdirection, hype, and the occasional outright lie. A glance at the organizations behind the report, including NOAA, NASA, and the EPA, points not just to the “300 experts” and the “60-member Federal Advisory Committee” behind this travesty of a document but to thousands of other government employees and grant money recipients whose meal ticket is dependent on scaring Americans into believing we’re all about to die of some combination of rising sea levels, hurricanes, and shorter winters created by the increase in atmospheric plant food known as carbon dioxide.

Please read the entirety of my article for the American Spectator here:
http://spectator.org/articles/59090/brass-balls-and-climate-change

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