Debra J. Saunders is one of the columnists the StarTribune feels the need to carry–along with people like Clifford May and Jonah Goldberg–to insulate themselves from criticism by local conservatives that the paper is too liberal. Unfortunately, this leads to an inevitable dumbing-down of the paper. I’m not necessarily saying conservatives have no valid positions, at least not here, but did they have to choose such assclowns to represent the conservative viewpoint?
One of Saunders’ “centrist” touchstones is to expose the dogma associated with global warming. In today’s column she makes the unfortunate claim that between Al Gore and Michael Crichton’s divergent viewpoints on warming, we should choose Crichton’s, because he went to Harvard Medical School and therefore knows the scientific method. She also references Gore’s “acolytes”. Does she mean these people?