Wingnut: Obama Thinks He’s God

In today’s edition of There’s Nothing a Republican Can Say That Is So Stupid It Kills His Ability to Get Elected, state Sen. Dan Patrick of Texas, who is running to be that state’s next lt. governor, said during a debate that Obama thinks he can change the weather because he thinks he’s God.

Republican State Sen. Dan Patrick made the remarks during a debate Tuesday night in Salado, reported the Texas Tribune, where an audience member asked whether the lawmaker supported the president’s plan to spend $1.2 billion to change the weather to fight global warming.

“Is that possible?” the man asked. “How much money would you be willing to spend to cool the environment by 1 degree, which is about all we can do?”

Patrick promised he would allocate “zero dollars” to such a scheme, in apparent reference to funding set aside to prepare for climate change in the president’s budget for next year.

“I understand why Obama thinks he can change the weather — because he thinks he’s God,” Patrick said. “He thinks he is the smartest person in the country. He thinks he knows better in Washington what we do in Texas. He thinks he’s the one, through all of his executive orders, that Congress isn’t even up to his level, so I’m not surprised that he also thinks he can change the weather.”

Wouldn’t it be great to live in a country where saying something that moronic would end any chance you have of being elected? Sadly we do not live in such a country. And in Texas, it almost certainly increases your electoral viability.

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  • Kevin Kehres

    And the race to the bottom continues.

  • dhall

    To be fair, the question was pretty dumb too.

  • dugglebogey

    It would be nice to live in a country where instead of inciting hate to get elected, people actually tried to win votes by coming up with good ideas.

  • colnago80

    I’m sure that Dan Patrick will be a hero to Sir Lancelot, the blogs resident climate change denier.

  • raven

    Well, he sort of has a point. Obama isn’t going to be able to change the world’s weather enough to matter.

    CO2 rise is a world problem. Global warming is a world problem.

    This is why attempts to do anything have failed. No country wants to spend the money to do anything unless they all do. So every year or so, they have another meeting To Do Something About CO2 Rising. And every year they end up doing nothing.

    We are going to adapt though. Whether we want to or not. Reality doesn’t care what we think. And that will cost money. Estimates for the 21st century are $1/2 trillion US, $15 trillion world.

    After that it keeps going and gets even more expensive. Sea level rise for the 21st century is projected to be a maximum of 3 feet. The next century or two is more like 13 to 20 feet. Miami is 4 feet above sea level.

    If this guy Patrick doesn’t want to spend money adapting, some of his people will be living in swamps while others fry in newly made deserts.

    PS This is what Rick Perry did. He cut the budget for fighting wildfires because, you know it costs money. The next year was a drought year and there were some gigantic wildfires in Texas that…they couldn’t control. Oh well, it’s only houses and dead people.

  • D. C. Sessions

    No country wants to spend the money to do anything unless they all do.

    We’re sneaking up on the time when the right-now, hard-cash costs of a fossil-fuel economy don’t compete against one powered by less destructive sources of energy. The smart countries (don’t look at us, furriners!) will have gotten a head start by investing in those sources before the tipping point.

  • http://Www.metalmischief.com YOB – Ye Olde Blacksmith is a Spocktopus cuddler

    …attacking Dan Patrick because they know Dan is the only candidate for Lt. Governor who opposes all taxpayer-funded benefits for illegal immigrants. No in-state tuition; no free healthcare; no driver licenses; and no amnesty.

    —-from Patrick’s campaign website

    Cause piss on brown people trying to make a better life for themselves and their families. Amirite?

    Tried to find as succinct a quote from Dewhurst’s site showing what he “stands for” but it started making me nauseated.

    I really hate Texas, sometimes.

  • busterggi

    More & more I think Santa Ana threw the fight.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Seems like Texas has enough grounds to deny someone a driver’s licence, in-State tuition, etc. if they can’t prove that they’re a citizen (or legal resident) with enough documentation to vote.

    You read it here first.

  • http://www.twitter.com/jablair51 Ouabache

    Hold on. Aren’t these the same idiots who thought they could end a drought by praying really hard for a couple of days?

  • Alverant

    Didn’t Perry try to change the weather by demanding his citizens pray to his god for rain? (And once again violating the Constitution forbidding an establishment of religion?)