I have to admit, I am getting a fair amount of pleasure out of watching the GOP flail around into irrelevancy. The shrinking party of Rush, Sean, Anne, and Glen are writing off huge demographic swaths of the nation, caught up in a death or deather struggle for the direction and voice of the conservative voter. They picked a punchline of a chairman in Michael Steele, a guy who can't seem to cram enough of his foot into his mouth. Mr. Steele guest hosted William Bennett's radio show earlier this month and took the two hour opportunity to say all kinds of dumb things, including this particular gem:

"We are cooling. We are not warming. The warming you see out there, the supposed warming, and I am using my finger quotation marks here, is part of the cooling process. Greenland, which is now covered in ice, it was once called Greenland for a reason, right? Iceland, which is now green. Oh I love this. Like we know what this planet is all about. How long have we been here? How long? No very long."

HuffPo set Mr. Steele right in regards to how Greenland was named:
Greenland, for the record, likely had forestation some 450,000 to 800,000 years ago. But its name was derived, as is most commonly believed, from Erik the Red, who wanted to trick people into going to that island as opposed to the more hospitable Iceland.

It's pretty shocking that Michael Steele, the Assistant to the Manager of the GOP (Rush Limbaugh), entirely discounts the fact that the globe is warming. Wait, no it's not. After eight years of the Bush Administration and the past three months or so of watching the GOP make even more of a fool of itself, Mr. Steele's assertions are right on track for a party heading out for a generation or two in the woods.

Shea Gunther is a podcaster, writer, and entrepreneur living in Portland, Maine. He hosts the popular podcast "Marijuana Today Daily" and was a founder of Renewable Choice Energy, the country's leading provider of wind credits and Green Options. He plays a lot of ultimate frisbee and loves bad jokes.

Michael Steele: On the wrong side of global warming
The guy who thought up "Drill, Baby Drill" thinks the world is cooling. You know, because he heard someone read it somewhere sometime. Yeah baby!