WITHIN MINUTES after the Oklahoma disaster, Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse indecently blamed Republicans and, to my ear, conservative southerners.
When cyclones tear up Oklahoma and hurricanes swamp Alabama and wildfires scorch Texas, you come to us, the rest of the country, for billions of dollars to recover. And the damage that your polluters and deniers are doing doesn't just hit Oklahoma and Alabama and Texas. It hits Rhode Island with floods and storms. It hits Oregon with acidified seas. It hits Montana with dying forests.
With equally unseemly dispatch -- and for the same goal -- the Houston Chronicle also rushed to capitalize on the human suffering. That goal: to defend and promote . . .