This Radical Commerce Secretary Nominee Will Destroy Us All!

While you’re all making puns about Anthony Weiner,* the nomination of John Bryson to serve as Commerce Secretary – Commerce Secretary! – is becoming a political football . And why not? Andrew Restuccia explains, and adds something new to the not-exactly-surprising anti-Bryson quotes from James Inhofe.

Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), a member of the Senate Republican leadership team, called Bryson an “environmental extremist” in the Capitol Tuesday because he co-founded NRDC in the 1970s.

And he pointed to a comment from a March 2009 speech in which Bryson called the cap-and-trade bill that narrowly passed the House in 2009 a “moderate, but acceptable bill.”

He called it acceptable ? He called a bill that never made it to the Senate and will never, ever pass acceptable ? If he doesn’t hurry he’s going to miss his train to the Finland Station! Also, Republicans have produced a 2009 video of Bryon that inspires my favorite lede of the day.

Does John Bryson, Barack Obama’s nominee for commerce secretary, want a world government?

Critics say a newly uncovered video of the nominee suggests that he does.

What he actually says:

Obviously the United Nations is the global entity, the closet thing we have to a world governance organization. [The] Copenhagen negotiations take place under the auspices of the United Nations.

Are we at the point where acknowledging the role of the UN, and America’s relationship with it, is proof positive of anti-American radicalism? We’re at that point with enough conservatives that we shouldn’t be surprised by a Bryson filibuster.

*I include myself in this.