Mitt Romney's stance that humans contribute to climate change has drawn praise from one of the GOP's biggest boogeymen - Al Gore.
The Atlantic's Elspeth Reeve says Romney is already getting compliements from Barack Obama for being the inspiration for his Massachusettes health care plan, and the nice words from Al Gore won't help his standing with hard-core conservatives. However, he says there may be a reason Romney isn't backing away from a very unpopular position.
Given that he has to fight conservatives' anger that he signed into law a bill that mandates individuals buy health insurance--the part of Obama's health care overhaul that conservatives hate the most--it's interesting Romney would take such an unpopular position among his party's base (Limbaugh called climate change a "hoax."). But Romney has said global warming is real for years, and perhaps he's even more afraid of being accused of yet another flip flop.