David Roberts @drvox Seattleite transplanted from Tennessee; now blogging for vox.com/ about energy politics. Climate hawk, deficit dove. Not a doctor. Mar. 26, 2019 1 min read

Another mistake lots of GND critics are making (IMO) is imagining that there is some even remotely serious climate plan that Dems could put forward that right-wing media & pols WOULDN'T characterize in the most lurid, absurd terms.

The right's freak-out dial is pegged at 10. It's at 10 for carbon or gas taxes, 10 for fuel-economy standards (or LIGHT BULB standards ffs), 10 for energy efficiency retrofits, 10 for restrictions on drilling. 10 for anything, automatically. If "moderate" Dems ...

... take the reaction of the increasingly insular, lunatic right-wing bubble as some sort of objective indication of political viability, *they're always going to be scared*. They're always going to think they've overreached. There is no magic message or policy that can avoid it.

The "common sense" incremental policies that a few Rs will support now, as a means of attacking the GND? They will drop them like a hot potato if any ever gets close to passing. Those policies can become "socialism!!1!" in a heartbeat.

Again, I base these assertions on the wacky method of looking at what Rs have done over and over and over again for more than a decade. They're going to freak out about literally whatever is proposed, big or small. It's all bad faith. So just. fucking. ignore them.

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