Going to Heartland conferences was always a bit like entering the portal to an alternative universe. Speakers and audience are almost entirely male, white and getting on in years. Jokes about Al Gore fly fast and furious, and can be counted on to get big laughs.
But this year's event had a sense of desperation...."It certainly raises the cost of doing business when your arch-enemies or a very vocal segment knows what you are up to in every little detail," said Marc Morano, who runs the contrarian website Climate Depot and spoke at the conference.
But he said he was hopeful that Heartland would come back. "I think it's a temporary feeding frenzy," he said. "If Heartland had just started last year and only had 10 donors when that happened it could have been fatal. But this is a hiccup."
I was sitting near Suzanne, and I'm thinking that at least two of the three descriptors in bold above may apply to Suzanne herself.