The lack of awareness by many Republicans on energy policy is breath-taking in its obtuse and obstinate ignorance. From where does such willful ignorance come? As Boss Jim Gettys put it to Charles Foster Kane in the Orson Welles classic Citizen Kane, when Kane refused to face reality:
You're the greatest fool I've ever known, Kane. If it was anybody else, I'd say what's going to happen to you would be a lesson to you. Only you're going to need more than one lesson. And you're going to get more than one lesson.Apparently the elections of 2006 and 2008 and recent polling are not enough lessons. Independent thinking would help, but only if there is first an end to the celebratory anti-intellectualism masquerading as common-sense populism. Some of us would like our leaders to be smarter than a fifth grader. Seriously smart in fact. Not Know-Nothings and proud of it. Our very future depends on it.