GOP Death Watch

Pawlenty: Homosexuality and Climate Change Are Really, Really Alike

Tim PawlentyTim Pawlenty, the Caspar Milquetoast of the Republican presidential field, couldn’t do more to try to endear himself to the Tea Party short of renaming himself Earl Grey. So it’s no surprise that the former Minnesota Governor is going to deny anything with scientific proof behind it. In our case, that’s the cause of homosexuality, of course.

In an interview on Meet the Press, Pawlenty showed off his neurobiology credentials by insisting that “there is no scientific conclusion that it’s genetic.” (Yes, he did manage to avoid both the G and H words in talking about “it.”) This after Pawlenty professed how much he likes Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” which in most quarters is one of the seven warning signs of gayness. Still, Pawlenty told host David Gregory that the science is “in dispute” and that “I defer to scientists in that regard.”  Of course, this isn’t exactly a surprise from the man who wants to bring back Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell despite what all those silly generals think.

If all of this sounds an awful lot like Pawlenty’s position on climate warning, well, it’s pretty much the same argument, just in lavender. Pawlenty has argued that “the science is bad” at concluding that global warming is the result of human activity, claiming “most, if not all of it, is caused by natural causes.”

Next up on Pawlenty’s science review: why scientists don’t believe the earth is round.