As emergency responders in Oklahoma work through the night tending to those whose lives have been shattered by Monday’s deadly tornadoes, a few individuals have seized on today’s tragedy as an opportunity to take shots at Republican lawmakers.

Democrat Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, for example, while attacking the GOP on Monday for being “anti-science” and for being the party of “climate deniers” worked the Oklahoma tornadoes into his speech.

“So, you may have a question for me,” the senator said. “Why do you care? Why do you, Sheldon Whitehouse, Democrat of Rhode Island, care if we Republicans run off the climate cliff like a bunch of proverbial lemmings and disgrace ourselves?”

He continued:

I’ll tell you why. We’re stuck in this together. We are stuck in this together. 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.

“So, like it or not, we’re in this together,” he added. “You drag America with you to your fate”:

Sen. Whitehouse wasn’t the only one who criticized Republican lawmakers via the Oklahoma tornadoes . Indeed, several journalists used today’s deadly events as an excuse to criticize the GOP for its opposition to the pork-stuffed Sandy Relief bill.

USA Today’s Susan Davis thought this was a really great point that needed to be made:

5 of the 7 members of the OK congressional delegation voted NO on the Hurricane Sandy relief aid package (1/2)
Dem. Sen., Others Use Okla. Tornadoes to Hit GOP Over Sandy Relief Bill, Climate Change
@DaviSusan
Susan Davis
Two YES votes were Reps. Tom Cole and Frank Lucas. Hurricane hit hard in Cole's hometown. (2/2)
Dem. Sen., Others Use Okla. Tornadoes to Hit GOP Over Sandy Relief Bill, Climate Change
@DaviSusan
Susan Davis

Then there’s this from a Vanity Fair contributing editor:

And again, I ask the question: Will tea partiers call for offsets to pay for relief to tornado states? Or do they now understand tragedy?
Dem. Sen., Others Use Okla. Tornadoes to Hit GOP Over Sandy Relief Bill, Climate Change
@kurteichenwald
Kurt Eichenwald

The Nation magazine editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel (i.e. the same media personality who openly admitted in February that her interns have no idea who Bob Woodward is) thought this was a point worth making:

If GOP going to use IRS "scandal" to demolish government,they may wish to look at need for very same government in Oklahoma tornado disaster
Dem. Sen., Others Use Okla. Tornadoes to Hit GOP Over Sandy Relief Bill, Climate Change
@KatrinaNation
Katrina vandenHeuvel

POLITICO’s Glenn Thrush wanted a piece of the action:

It is striking that Oklahoma's senators are 1) a federal spending skeptic and 2) global warming denier
Dem. Sen., Others Use Okla. Tornadoes to Hit GOP Over Sandy Relief Bill, Climate Change
@GlennThrush
Glenn Thrush

And there’s this from Roll Call’s Meredith Shiner:

Will the GOP lawmakers tweeting "thoughts and prayers" to Oklahoma tonight demand disaster aid be offset?
Dem. Sen., Others Use Okla. Tornadoes to Hit GOP Over Sandy Relief Bill, Climate Change
@meredithshiner
Meredith Shiner

And let’s not forget the Huffington Post:

Okla. GOP senators have shaky records on disaster relief http://t.co/rWb2lSez3f
Dem. Sen., Others Use Okla. Tornadoes to Hit GOP Over Sandy Relief Bill, Climate Change
@HuffPostPol
HuffPost Politics

As of this writing, the death toll  from Monday’s tornadoes had surpassed 51.

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