Dan Rather: Republicans need to get in touch with science

CBS News Evening News anchor Dan Rather appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC Wednesday night with his own take on how Republicans can come back after facing defeat last week.

According to Rather, it’s science, global warming and evolution that are holding Republicans back.

Yes, you heard that right. It’s not women voters, it’s not latino voters, it’s not social issues and  it’s not young voters…it’s science.

“The Republicans, their number one need is to get in touch with a fact-based world,” he told Maddow. “They are now in the position of being pictured like a man who wears spats to the office, or something. So far out of touch, that it’s unrealistic.”

He did urge viewers to have compassion on the Republicans because, “Loser’s locker-rooms are always tough.”

Rather called Republicans to step to the plate, stop being obstructionists and stop making excuses about losing the election, just get back in touch for the next time.

His words seemed unusually insightful, until he started talking about what fact the Republicans are missing about the ‘fact based world,” which happens to be their inability to adapt their policies to the demands of voters.

Rather even attributed President Barack Obama’s reelection success to the President’s understanding of science.

“This is now the 21 century and what President Obama did, he hired math wizards and so-called stat geeks, and they dealt with data, facts, science, went into the census returns,” he said. “The Republicans didn’t learn that lesson.”

Apparently elections, in Rather’s world, are not about ideas and philosophies, they are about molding party platforms to to appeal to the maximum amount of voters like a math equation.

Does it matter if a political party is dangerously close to disregarding morality and ethics all together? Does it matter that particular policies may bring disastrous consequences to future generations? Not in Rather’s world! What matters is the science which dictates the platform and policies that will attract the maximum number of votes mathematically possible.

Until they get in touch with this [science], it’s very hard to see how your optimism and my hopes are going to be fulfilled,” Rather said.

It may be tough in the loser’s locker room, Rather, but trust me, no Republicans are sitting around thinking about changing their political convictions to match up with the math, they are sitting around thinking about how to change the math so that it reflects their political convictions.

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  1. Chris says:

    I have been a Chemist for 24 years. So forgive me if I do not faughn over Rather’s advice on science. Despite Danny boy’s lecturing, it is the left who is on the wrong side of science and the scientific method. How many times must we reconquer this same old scientific ground? The theory of man made global warming as posited by the United Nations IPCC states the following:

    Increased CO2 in the atmosphere creates a greenhous affect by preventing radiant heat from the earth from escaping to space.

    Man’s activity has and will continue to add to the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere.

    As CO2 increases, there will be a corresponding and direct increase in the Global Average Temperature (GAT)

    But the theory has many problems. We now know that the earth was warmer in the medival period than it is now at a time when CO2 concentration was much lower (this period was NOT only a regional phenomenon as some scientists have tried to claim)

    Also, actual temperature data from the past century and a half show several different years when GAT was higher than in the past two decades when CO2 was lower.

    Despite alarmist claims from the likes of Rather (who apparently is a scientific illiterate) there has been no warming in the past 14 to 16 years even though CO2 has increased.

    In addition to this troublesome data for the IPCC, over 1000 former IPCC scientists have dissented over global warming theory. They see the type of data I mention above and as scientists should do, they dissent on a theory that is not supported by the data.

    There are any number of other problems with the type of data collection practices the IPCC has utilized and there are even questions about how or if we can truly measure GAT. Also claims of ICE depletion globally have been proven fradulent.

    What Rather really wants is for the Republicans to follow him and his fellow alarmists over the cliff of bad science. I for one refuse to do so. Finally, note the bias in Rather’s remarks. Remember this person was a so-called impartial journalist for decades.

  2. Pat says:

    Man, this is a piece of work! Rather is saying that Republicans lost because we don’t believe in FAIRY TALES! Now if that is true, what does that tell you about the state of affairs in the country? It’s being run by people who believe in fairy tales! Rather, it’s past time for you to retire. And when you do, please buy my bridge. I could use the money.

  3. JP says:

    Yup MODERN republicans are so out of touch in the game of politics, they NEED to re-evaluate their policies and believes as a whole. Science and facts are what intellectuals believe in and society as a whole is not going to be persuaded by nonsense. Evolution exists, global climate change exits and will continue to exist in a cyclical trend, and has been influenced by modern man. Just as modern man can influence certain species of life, genetics, etc etc (science). I love how only stupid people vote for other stupid people ( I apologize for using that term but of the hundreds of descriptors that seems to suit my point best). And my point is MODERN republican policies and ideals are hundreds of years old and our country (and all modernized, powerful, democratic countries) exists in the 21st century. Get with it or stop making excuses and wondering why the modern American republican party continues to fail. The last republican president lead us into the worst economy in generations. And yes that topic is over used because for some reason modern republicans try to forget BUT Just because it was in the past doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.

  4. JP says:

    Yup MODERN republicans are so out of touch in the game of politics, they NEED to re-evaluate their policies and believes as a whole. Science and facts are what intellectuals believe in and society as a whole is not going to be persuaded by nonsense. Evolution exists, global climate change exits and will continue to exist in a cyclical trend, and has been influenced by modern man.
    Chris, I agree with you but modern man has had a significant influence in accelerating this cycle. Which you cannot deny but for some reason many seem to neglect this fact. A heat/cool cycle on Earth has happened several times but we have produced gasses that have dramatically changed the natural progress of this cycle.

    Just as modern man can influence certain species of life, genetics, etc etc (science). I love how only stupid people vote for other stupid people ( I apologize for using that term but of the hundreds of descriptors that seems to suit my point best). And my point is MODERN republican policies and ideals are hundreds of years old and our country (and all modernized, powerful, democratic countries) exists in the 21st century. Get with it or stop making excuses and wondering why the modern American republican party continues to fail. The last republican president lead us into the worst economy in generations. And yes that topic is over used because for some reason modern republicans try to forget BUT Just because it was in the past doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.

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