The shiny penny of climate change isn't shiny any more and McCain won't pick it back up. The stakes are too high; it's too risky. It requires too much courage and too little misty romanticism.
Climate is probably dead in the Senate for at least four years. If anything happens to change that, it will be something urgent and sweeping, something that will fundamentally alter the political calculus. Whatever the result, McCain won't be what he palpably wants to be, the essential man in the middle. Without that it holds little interest for him. Which is fine by me. Like most greens I know, I'm sick of the guy.
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