FOSSIL FOOL Sen. James Inhofe’s presence on Capitol Hill is an inconvenient truth

3. Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) Inhofe is best known for his categorical claim that global warming is “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people”—a rhetorical flourish he recently refined by likening climate change theories to Nazi propaganda. And here’s the scary part: Those are the sentiments of our chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee. It’s a bit like making Lyndon LaRouche the American Ambassador to England.

But that’s not the half of it. As far back as 1972, he called for Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern to be “hanged with Jane Fonda” for referring to alleged atrocities committed by American troops in Vietnam. In 2001, he took to the Senate floor to announce that Israel was justified in whatever treatment it handed out to Palestinians because, after all, God had promised the Jews the land they occupied. For good measure, he also called Palestinian terror bombers practitioners of “satanic evil,” and intimated to the New Republic that both Bill and Hillary Clinton were out to assassinate him.

And then there was the recent debate over the latest constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, when Inhofe assured Senate colleagues of his own virility and that of his manly forbearers. “My wife and I have been married 47 years. We have 20 kids and grandkids. I’m really proud to say that in the recorded history of our family, we’ve never had a divorce or a homosexual relationship.” It’s the same flawless gene pool that produced a man who thinks our situation in Iraq is “nothing short of a miracle.”


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