Wonder if the climate summit contributed to the GOP wave last night. The media has been shoving it in everyone's face as a top story every day. People worried about post-pandemic recovery hear lunatics gibbering about trillion-dollar schemes and demanding the U.S. pay more.
The climate stuff is usually just a background hum to normal people - a media elite obsession that sounds like Charlie Brown's teachers wah-wah-wahhing to folks worried about jobs, rising prices, empty store shelves, and their children's education.
The elite can't stop talking about climate change, they're absolutely obsessed with it, and the media treats it like the most important story in the world, but it simply is not a top-10 issue for voters. They usually just roll their eyes at the obsessive coverage and move on.
But all through the closing weeks of this election, news programs and websites have been stuffed to bursting with climate coverage - the summit is constantly the top story, it's every other item in the news feed, it's treated like some epochal event, and it's an obvious farce.
So that background hum of media obsession everyone sort of half-tunes-out has been a constant buzz about America paying more, sacrificing more, making do with less; people with 30-car motorcades who say YOU shouldn't have a car any more; forced transition to solar power, etc.
It might have dawned on a fair number of voters that the climate lunatics are serious - they really are going to trash your power grid, shut down your industries, take away your car, push you into a more primitive existence, while the mega-polluters of China sit back and laugh.
Again, it's not a top issue for ordinary Americans and they tuned out the climate babble long ago - and they'd never dream of telling a pollster they voted against sacred climate change! - but it might have become part of their sense the elite is out-of-touch and dangerous. /end

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