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

Isn't climate change hilarious?

Published August 31, 2012 4:04AM (EDT)

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.


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.

By Alex Pareene

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

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