downeykp wrote:Polling could not know the effect on the election from Russian interference. I think that if the drip, drip, drip of negative news had a huge impact on polling and who pollsters were polling. When they find out that collusion really did happen the whole election would be a sham. Where we go from here would be Constitutionally unheard of.
If the Trump team knowingly and deliberately colluded with a foreign entity to influence the outcome of the election, then it seems right that a new election should be held and those responsible should be prosecuted. Yes, this is uncharted territory! While it does appear that criminal collusion likely took place, I am reserving judgment, as I certainly hope for the sake of the Republic that this was not the case. Don't get me wrong, though, as I'd personally like to see Trump leave office sooner than later. Smart GOP politicians should be distancing themselves from Trump to the greatest extent possible.
On the positive side, I am gratified to see a growing trickle of Republican politicians coming to recognize that climate change needs to be addressed. This includes Rep. Darrell Issa (R), of Orange County, California, who recently joined the Climate Solutions Caucus. Republicans from climate-vulnerable areas such as South Florida seem to be more inclined to accept the scientific consensus.
Anyone who is represented by Republicans, as am I, should be calling their representatives, thanking them for their efforts to serve their constituents, and asking them to support climate-friendly policies that will help the US economy and local economies. Because continuing to tie our economy to fossil fuels is only going to make us less secure and less healthy.