A protester made his way into the front of a Romney rally today, where the candidate was discussing hurricane Sandy. The activist unfurled a banner reading End Climate Silence, and called out: "What about climate? That's what caused this monster storm. Climate Change!" He was promptly and forcibly removed from the event.
Romney fell into strained silence while security removed the mustachioed man, and the crowd immediately launched into a hybrid chant "boo!/USA!" chant to express its dismay.
It's all pretty surreal. I mean, it's not like the dude was trying to burn a flag or anything.
Come to think of it, this whole debacle rather aptly embodies the nature of the national debate about climate change over the last few years:
You've got the power structure, as represented by Mitt Romney, staring on in oblivious silence. You've got a tiny minority of activists and scientists waving their arms over their heads and tearing their hair out, telling folks to listen up, climate change is real. And then you've got the public majority, conditioned by said power structure and its sympathetic media apparatus to ignore the threat altogether—or, better yet to drown it out in hysterical jingoism.