Democrats Outsmart Mitch McConnell With Resolution Supporting Pope Francis On Climate Change

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A group of liberal Senate Democrats turned the tables on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell today by introducing a resolution supporting Pope Francis’ views on climate change and calling on the Senate to immediately act.

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) introduced the resolution along with Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Tom Udall (D-NM), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI.).

The Senators wrote, “The Senate stands with Pope Francis and the scientific consensus that human activity is the primary driver of climate change; present climate trends are unsustainable; and immediate action must be taken to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to limit the deleterious effects of human-induced climate change.”

The resolution was a very clever move by Senate Democrats to highlight the climate change denial of Mitch McConnell and other Senate Republicans. Because of the Pope’s liberal positions on a number of economic and environmental issues, his upcoming address before a joint session of Congress could be very uncomfortable for Republicans.

Democrats have painted McConnell and the Republicans into a corner. If their resolution comes up for a vote, Republicans will have to choose between the Koch brothers and the Pope. Republicans could be put in a position where they would have to take a vote that would highlight their extremism by humiliating the Pope in front of the entire world.

It is always easier to be in the congressional minority than in the majority, but Senate Democrats have taken using their power to the level of an artform. Democrats are doing the opposite of Mitch McConnell’s minority say no to everything strategy of gridlock leadership. Democrats are maximizing their power and using their unity and collective strength to hit Republicans hardest when it matters the most.

Who is it going to be Republicans? Will it be the Kochs or the Pope?

21 Replies to “Democrats Outsmart Mitch McConnell With Resolution Supporting Pope Francis On Climate Change”

  1. Who is it going to be Republicans? Will it be the Kochs or the Pope?
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    That’s a question for suckers… Who will gives us a BILLION dollars? Money talks the Pope can get in that Pope mobile and take a walk

  2. Sanders/Franken 2016???????

    Why not?????

    WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET!!!!!!!

    I know. I’m dreaming.

  3. It will be the Kochs, but this will certainly make the Republicans look like the sh1t that they are.

    As if they don’t already look like sh1t.

  4. What’s really smart here is that this is pre-emptive. The resolution will be quashed, but it forestalls McConnell and the Pukers introducing their OWN resolution welcoming the Pope that would be a vapid nothing.
    Also, presidential politics …particularly the majority Catholic latino vote. Marco Who ?

    Mental jiu jitsu with peabrains.

  5. The Koch pimps of course. The whores bow down to money first, God and his representative, second. Besides, they hate this Pope. He represents true Christianity, not the fake one invented by Hitler, Ayran, and Satan. Losers, the whole of of them

  6. A lot of right wing evangelicals don’t honesty think catholics are Christians so the right wing polutocos will pander to their base while sticking their noses so far up the Koch rectum they can smell Chuckie’s and Davie’s bad breath before the odor leaves their mouths. So the odds they will turn on the pope. Infinity to one.

  7. Not likely, but the people he represents do, admire and like this Pope. McConnel is a bloated blood filled wood tick on the bodies of those he represents….

  8. Here is the thing – the GOP sycophants play to the uninformed & do all they can to make sure they stay uninformed, including creating information sites & newsletters that are off the rails to make them believe that they are informed. Because I wanted to see what info the RW disperses I signed up for RedState Spotlight. It has been most informative of what is so (there is not a word for this thinking). Here is an example.

    Is America entering an
    era of “totalitarian science”?

    Earlier this year, Harvard evolutionary biologist E.O. Wilson declared that “for the sake of human progress, the best thing we could possibly do would be to diminish, to the point of eliminating, religious faiths.”

    University of Texas zoologist Eric Pianka, meanwhile, urges the reduction of the Earth’s human population by up to 90 percent and has called on government to confiscate all the earnings of any couple with more than two children.

    Our culture is witnessing the rise of what could be …

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    Is America entering an
    era of “totalitarian science”?

    Earlier this year, Harvard evolutionary biologist E.O. Wilson declared that “for the sake of human progress, the best thing we could possibly do would be to diminish, to the point of eliminating, religious faiths.”

    University of Texas zoologist Eric Pianka, meanwhile, urges the reduction of the Earth’s human population by up to 90 percent and has called on government to confiscate all the earnings of any couple with more than two children.

    Our culture is witnessing the rise of what could be called totalitarian science—science so totalistic in its outlook that its defenders claim the right to remake every sphere of human life, from public policy and education to ethics and religion. Science is a wonderful enterprise, but during the Obama era, it’s being twisted in ways that are unhealthy for both science and society.

    Download a free excerpt from the book Darwin Day in America on “Scientism in the …

  10. Now someone tell me that these people are not nuts. They are terrified of science – literally. So, terrified that they are making things up about the terrors of science.

    Does science need to have oversight – yes, but so does business or anything else that deals with humanity. Also, business has no problem using science to further their agenda, which is far worse than sciencitific knowledge in and of itself.

    Also, just because one scientists has an outlier opinion does not mean the entire scientific community is in agreement. Case in point is Climate change. 97% of scientists agree the evidence is there & 3% disagree. If we ignore the evidence & only take the 3% view we might be living in very different conditions nor prepared to live in different conditions in the future.

  11. It’s the Beltway. I’m sure somebody is paying for Mitch to be tied to a whipping post by a first class Dominatrix every Tuesday night. Vitter got caught, but most Republicans love that stuff more than they’ll admit… [WINK]

  12. Even some of the major Oil Companies are giving up the “denial” argument and are going for the “not human caused” argument. Time to start the switch to solar.

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