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Annals of Palinoia, Climate Change Edition

12:17 PM, Dec 9, 2009 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
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Sarah Palin's Washington Post op-ed today, calling on President Obama to boycott the Copenhagen climate summit, has elicited a predictable response from the left. Foreign Policy's Annie Lowrey blogs: "I wouldn't recommend reading it." Joe Klein seems worried that "The Washington Post devotes valuable op-ed space today to Sarah Palin." Noted climate expert Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic has penned a long "Fisking" of the op-ed, in which he concludes, "It is virtually certain that humans are causing a significant amount of climate (not weather!) change over time." Gotta love the "virtually" part.

Like Charles Krauthammer, I'm a global-warming agnostic. Like Freeman Dyson, I happen to think that the trade-offs involved in fighting climate change are too burdensome to support at the moment. And the piece to read on the East Anglia scandal is Steven F. Hayward's cover piece in the new STANDARD.

But that's not the point of this post. The point is that Palin continues to be held to a ridiculous standard by the scribblers and bloggers who are outraged that she's still around and opines from time to time on the issues of the day. This is America, folks. Best-selling authors write op-eds. That's what they do. Moreover, Palin happens to have an extensive background in energy issues, from her time on the Alaska Oil and Natural Gas Conservation Commission, to her stint as governor of Alaska. Her opinions on the subject of energy are considered.

The reaction to her is not, however. As Palin critic Megan McArdle memorably put it: "I really wish the media wouldn't act like, well, a bunch of elitist hooligans who are out to get her. I've coined a new phrase to cover the situation: Palinoia. It's when you think people are out to get you, and then they do their best to justify your erroneous belief."

SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION ALERT: I recently wrote a book on the subject of Palinoia.