Lizza asked Al Gore what the former vice president thought tanked the bill. Gore cited GOP partisanship, the recession and an "unhealthy level" of special-interest influence.
Gore's too modest. He deserves some of the credit, too. Gore has warned that global warming will cause the sea to rise 20 feet and that the next generation could live a decade without winter. Yet Gore and his co-believers don't act as if they believe their own shtick.
Czech President Vaclav Klaus and author Bjorn Lomborg have challenged Gore to a debate. He won't bite. If the health of the planet really were at stake, you would think Gore could give up an hour or two to argue his case.
After all, Gore found time to fly to the U.N. climate change conference in Copenhagen last year so that he and other true believers could talk to one another about the evils of greenhouse gases. Then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Prince Charles arrived in separate private planes.
When the big-shot proponents of a doomsday scenario won't get a handle on their own emissions, they shouldn't expect their D.C. cohorts to spew out anything heavier than hot air.