The main thing that gives me hope for this country is that modern (so-called) conservatives are so ideologically driven that they cannot seem to avoid shooting themselves in the foot. Repeatedly. This explains why — despite having way more money than the 99% of us, most of the power, control of the mainstream media, a clear mission based on greed, and the certainty and single voice that comes from believing that you are on a mission from God — that progressives manage to win at least a few elections and even get a few reasonable laws passed.
The latest example of foot shooting comes from the Heartland Institute, one of the main funders and promoters of climate-change denialism. The last time we heard from Heartland, it was because a bunch of embarrassing internal documents were leaked, which revealed their strategy of sowing false doubt about climate change, including “dissuading teachers from teaching science“.
Heartland was one of the main organizations publicizing the manufactured controversy known as “Climategate”, based on internal emails and other documents. Now the tables are turned, and it is Heartland’s internal documents that have been revealed, and they are far worse.
But that was just a warmup. The Heartland Institute just put up a series of billboards that caused even their supporters to cringe.
Besides the Unabomber, the billboards also featured Charles Manson, Fidel Castro, and they announced they were planning on putting up more, including some with Osama bin Laden.
That is until they received universal condemnation, even from their supporters. Within a few hours, Heartland announced they were pulling the billboards.