I love a lot of what Dave Roberts has to say, but this seems… well, stupid.
1. Every time someone goes about trying to “rebrand” the problem, the denialosphere and Republican right (that’s a Venn diagram that’s closely approximating a single circle if there ever was one) rant and jeer about how it’s just underhanded tactics to fool the gullible public.
2. If I wanted to pick a name for group that was justifiably viewed as all bluster with no supporting evidence, given the political events of 2001-to-present, would I have any other option but to choose “Hawks”?
“Hawks” on both sides of the aisle sent American and allied soldiers to die over non-existent WMD “evidence”. Deficit (and Fiscal) Hawks are routinely shown to be shrieking hypocrites who refuse to go after things like military spending, while opposing deficit reducing measures like Health Care reform, all the while funneling pork back home and promoting tax cuts for the super-rich. [edited to add] Not to mention their ceaseless cries of “Wolf!” They promoted fiscal austerity in the face of a liquidity trap, FFS!
Was there no more discredited a label that Dave could come up with? I mean, really. Why not Climate LaRouchite?
[edited to add:]
Although I read the article from Dave on my own, h/t to Keith Kloor whose post motivated me to actually comment.