While many in the mainstream media have gone ballistic over Rick Perry’s stances on science and Social Security, and new poll reveals that only 34% of tea partiers believe in global warming and evolution.
When asked about climate change at the GOP debate Perry said,
Well, I do agree that there is — the science is — is not settled on this. The idea that we would put Americans’ economy at — at — at jeopardy based on scientific theory that’s not settled yet, to me, is just — is nonsense. I mean, it — I mean — and I tell somebody, I said, just because you have a group of scientists that have stood up and said here is the fact, Galileo got outvoted for a spell.
But the fact is, to put America’s economic future in jeopardy, asking us to cut back in areas that would have monstrous economic impact on this country is not good economics and I will suggest to you is not necessarily good science. Find out what the science truly is before you start putting the American economy in jeopardy.
After the debate the mainstream media proclaimed Mitt Romney the big winner of the debate because of Perry’s statements on Social Security and climate change, but a new Yale/George Mason poll shows that Rick Perry knows exactly what he is doing. According to the poll, only 34% of tea party members believe that global warming is happening. The same 34% also do not believe in evolution. Fifty three percent of tea partiers don’t believe that global warming is happening at all. Half of those who do believe that global warming is occurring think it is natural, not man made.
Tea Partiers were the group that had the strongest amount of belief that the summer heat wave is related to global warming (46%), but they were also the group that felt most strongly that record snowstorms helped them question global warming (26%). Sixty nine percent of tea partiers echoed Perry’s false debate line that there is a lot of disagreement among scientists about global warming, but tea partiers were the political group that considered themselves the most informed about global warming (30%).
Mitt Romney is trying to make hay out of Perry’s Social Security Ponzi scheme remark today, but most of the sources that most tea partiers turn to for information are agreeing with Rick Perry.
Here is Rush Limbaugh praising Perry’s Ponzi scheme remark:
Fox News has devoted multiple segments today to praising Perry’s Social Security comment:
The mainstream media and establishment Republicans understand the November implications of Perry’s remarks on science, global warming and Social Security, but what they don’t understand is that this isn’t November.
The difference between the two candidates is night and day. Mitt Romney is still trying to run a general election campaign, while Rick Perry is winning the hearts and minds of the tea party based primary electorate. Anyone who determined that Mitt Romney won last night’s debate wasn’t paying attention in 2010.
The tea party is all about ideological purity. When Rick Perry questions science, evolution, global warming, or Social Security he is proving his tea party bona fides. The tea party threw away Republican control of the US Senate by nominating candidates like Joe Miller, Sharon Angle, and Christine O’Donnell, and they will happily nominate Rick Perry even if it means losing to Obama in November.
As crazy as it sounds, Rick Perry probably helped himself with Republican voters by questioning the science behind climate change last night. The mainstream media doesn’t get it. The Republican Party really has gone that far to the right, and Rick Perry is likely going to keep singing the tea party’s siren song all the way to the nomination.
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