'Thought' is one word for it

Asked yesterday on "Fox Sunday News" about the implications for American energy policy of what's happening in Japan, Mitch McConnell responded, "My thought about it is, we ought not to make American and domestic policy based upon an event that happened in Japan." Right. Let's not be in a hurry to learn any lessons. Japan, remember, is very far away.Is this justanegregiouscase of American exceptionalism? Or is this a thoughtless American's Japanese exceptionalism? (Maybe McConnell thinks Japan is just very unlucky when it comes to all things nuclear.) But of course geography has nothing to do with it. McConnell was also in a hurry to tell everyone not to be in a hurry to learn any lessons from the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Let's all calm down and let cooler, more forgetful heads prevail.

Matthew Boudway is senior editor of Commonweal.

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