Respectful Insolence

Quoth global warming “skeptic” (translation: “crank”) Senator Inhofe:

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) got the crowd cheering early in the day. “I have been called — my kids are all aware of this — dumb, crazy man, science abuser, Holocaust denier, villain of the month, hate-filled, warmonger, Neanderthal, Genghis Khan and Attila the Hun,” he announced. “And I can just tell you that I wear some of those titles proudly.”

Inhofe repeated his view that man-made global warming is “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people,” and he quarreled with a Bush administration proposal to list polar bears as a threatened species. “They’re overpopulated,” he declared. “Don’t worry about it: The polar bear is fine.” His staff handed out supporting documentation, including the claim that “MARS HAS GLOBAL WARMING DESPITE ABSENCE OF SUVs.”

Because nothing boosts your credibility by including “Holocaust denier” in the list of things that you’ve been called whose titles you’re proud to wear.

You know, that last part is particularly idiotic, too. Just when I think Inhofe can’t say something dumber, he has to go and prove me wrong. Sometimes I think I just have too much faith in humanity.

Comments

  1. #1 Flavin
    December 22, 2007

    I disagree with the title of this post. I don’t think Senator Inhofe sees anything wrong with what he said. Even though the Mars canards have been dealt with for years, he doesn’t mind.

  2. #2 Flavin
    December 22, 2007

    Forgot that I don’t know how to do html links in comments on SB. http://gristmill.grist.org/story/2006/12/17/222712/69

  3. #3 DLC
    December 22, 2007

    Nothing says “famous” like global warming denial.
    Except possibly holocaust denial. . .

  4. #4 shay
    December 22, 2007

    If you think he’s dumb, breathe deeply and remember how many people voted for him.

    Scary, innit.

  5. #5 Dave Carlson
    December 22, 2007

    When does this clown come up for reelection, and where can I donate to his opponent(s)?

  6. #6 Melissa (oddharmonic)
    December 22, 2007

    @Dave: Inhofe is up for reelection in 2008. Andrew Rice plans to run against him for the Senate seat; his website is at http://www.andrewforoklahoma.com/

  7. #7 Samantha Vimes
    December 23, 2007

    I find it interesting that he could be proud of a lot of things on that list. “Yup, hate-filled, war mongering villain-of-the-month, that’s me and my kids know it!”