Now I know what you’re thinking: the obvious Green Weenie winner should be that former congresscritter who liked to tweet his big banana and who announced yesterday that he’s going to run for mayor of the Big Apple, to the audible squeals of delight from within the soundproof walls where Daily Show writers work. And Anthony Weiner certainly qualifies for a Green Weenie, as it turns out he was in on several of the usual Democratic green energy scams.
But no; as Obama might say in another of his Nixon-channeling moods, “that would be wrong.” Clearly this week’s Green Weenie needs to go toward rectifying my obvious goof from yesterday, where I observed that the media had practiced a rare amount of restraint and good taste by not connecting the Oklahoma tornado and climate change. I neglected to check in where you can find the world’s largest renewable resource base of weenie material: the United States Senate.
Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse took to the Senate floor to mention that the tornado was one more reason to blame Republicans for blocking climate legislation. As his website says, “Each week, Senator Whitehouse gives a ‘Time to Wake Up’ speech in the Senate, compelling his colleagues to move forward on climate change.” I guess he has no sense of irony, since these speeches surely put everyone to sleep. And the best tweet of yesterday was the person who said–Who is crazier: conspiracy monger Alex Jones for saying the government can direct tornadoes with satellites, or Democrats who think we can prevent them with tax increases? (Headline: “Boxer Uses Okla. Tornado to Push for Carbon Tax.” She gets an honorable mention weenie for this.)
The interesting thing is that the senator apparently found his speech this week subsequently embarrassing and took it down from his own website; if you click the previous link that featured the speech it now says “page not found.” [UPDATE: The speech text now appears on his website, but the video is still missing.] I guess Whitehouse thinks that because he’s a senator, don’tyouknow, he can do the Orwell memory hole trick, but the Daily Caller, among other sites, has the video up for everyone to see. Or you can check out this excerpt here: