Mitt’s humor: Tampa will be under water in a century

Isn't climate change hilarious?

Topics: Republican National Convention, Mitt Romney, Global Warming,

Mitt's humor: Tampa will be under water in a centuryRepublican presidential nominee Mitt Romney addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)(Credit: J. Scott Applewhite)

Mitt Romney had basically one laugh line in his speech. And it was, of course, disgusting.

President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. [Pause. Laughter.] MY promise … is to help you and your family.

STUPID CHAIR, YOU CAN’T FIX OCEANS.

So Romney will only promise to help you and your family. Unless you and your family will be affected by climate change, I guess. Then no, probably no help.

As Scott Lemieux notes, that this line was delivered in a Gulf Coast state the week a slow-moving hurricane wreaked havoc on the Gulf Coast states made it even more awful. As we learned last week, Tampa is particularly vulnerable to hurricanes, because the sea levels are actively rising.

But you know Obama didn’t make good on that promise so I guess maybe instead of mocking the concept of doing anything at all to halt or even slow the human activities leading to the sea level rise, Romney was just being realistic. It’s probably already too late, vote Romney and continue not thinking about how we’re all doomed.

Alex Pareene

Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at apareene@salon.com and follow him on Twitter @pareene

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