Then (surprise!) its own Justice Department takes the unprecedented step of naming a Fox reporter as a co-conspirator in a leak case — when no reporter has ever been prosecuted for merely soliciting information — in order to invade his and Fox’s private and journalistic communications.The climate theory of Obama's responsibility. You don't need to actually connect anything to the President. You just show how he created a climate, and the underlings responded accordingly, as he can be said to know and intend that they would.
No one goes to jail for creating such a climate of intolerance. Nor is it a crime to incessantly claim that those who offer this president opposition and push-back — Republicans, tea partyers, Fox News, whoever dares resist the sycophantic thrill-up-my-leg media adulation — do so only for “politics,” power and pure partisanship, while the Dear Leader devotes himself exclusively to the nation, the middle class, the good and just.
If you want to needle those who don't like this theory, you could call them climate skeptics.
The figurative use of the world "climate" goes back as far as 1661, according to the (unlinkable) Oxford English Dictionary.
1661 J. Glanvill Vanity of Dogmatizing xxiii. 227 The larger Souls, that have travail'd the divers Climates of Opinions, are more cautious in their resolves....Watch out for anthropogenic climate change!
1765 L. Sterne Life Tristram Shandy VIII. i. 2 In this clear climate of fantasy and perspiration, where every idea, sensible and insensible, gets vent....
1860 F. D. Huntington Christian Believing & Living vi. 105 Every moral climate here is more or less tainted, and grows pestilential if we linger in it too long....
2004 H. Kennedy Just Law (2005) xiii. 272 It is crucial that a climate of suspicion does not develop which creates reservations amongst citizens about voluntarily submitting to DNA intelligence screens.