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September 6, 2008
By: Hilzoy

Oh, Please.

Sen. James Inhofe sets a new record for disingenuousness:

"Regardless of what polls show, Inhofe said, voters will have to ask themselves a question once they get behind the curtain in the voting booth on Election Day.

"Do you really want to have a guy as commander in chief of this country when you can question whether or not he really loves his country?" he asked.

"That's the big question." (...)

After he was asked for an explanation on why voters should question Obama's love for his country, Inhofe issued a written statement on Friday to clarify his earlier comments.

"Let me be clear," he said.

"I am not questioning Sen. Obama's patriotism, but you have to question why at times he seems so obviously opposed to public displays of patriotism and national pride, like wearing an American flag lapel pin.""

Nope. Not questioning his patriotism at all. Just his love of country, which is, as we all know, completely and totally different from patriotism.

You'd think the voters of Oklahoma might get tired of having their Senator insult their intelligence. I hope so.

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And I trust that the Senator will also question why his candidate did not wear his lapel flag pin on his big night in the sun. Or did I hear somewhere that he never wears one?

Posted by: sharon on September 6, 2008 at 4:00 PM | PERMALINK

actually mccain does have an advantage in the voting booth:

it's been long proven that psychologically people will twist themselves into a knot before facing a loss. and everyone who touches the lever for obama and who voted for bush will have to confront an ugly fact:

i was wrong last time (and perhaps the time before). i let myself be played for a fool. i believed their lies. i was a sucker.

by voting for mccain these bush supporters can avoid a trauma, can tell themselves, essentially, i was the right the first time and i will stay the course.

that's why the polls are so close.

Posted by: angry young man on September 6, 2008 at 4:02 PM | PERMALINK

I just covered every square inch of my body with American flag lapel pins. It hurts like a bitch, but it's worth it. Sacrifice!

Posted by: Doctor Biobrain on September 6, 2008 at 4:03 PM | PERMALINK

Do you really want to have a guy as commander in chief of this country when you can question whether or not he really loves his country?" he asked.

Wow, that's kind of a low blow at McCain. Give his history of corruption and his embrace of Rove-Bush style despotism, I have of course begun to doubt whether McCain really loves America, but I don't think I'd go out and say it so bluntly....

Posted by: Stefan on September 6, 2008 at 4:08 PM | PERMALINK

After he was asked for an explanation on why voters should question Obama's love for his country, Inhofe issued a written statement on Friday to clarify his earlier comments.

"Let me be clear," he said.

"Have you noticed that Obama is a nigra?"

Fixed his typo.

Posted by: Jennifer on September 6, 2008 at 4:09 PM | PERMALINK

McCain did not ear a flag pin for his acceptance speech.

Posted by: Newton Minnow on September 6, 2008 at 4:09 PM | PERMALINK

McCain did not wear a flag pin for his acceptance speech.

Posted by: Newton Minnow on September 6, 2008 at 4:09 PM | PERMALINK

WOW.... senator Inhofe and I agree!

""Do you really want to have a guy as commander in chief of this country when you can question whether or not he really loves his country?" he asked. "


Nope, that is why I will vote the Obama/Biden ticket. So I can be certain that the candidates I vote for love their country.


Posted by: paul on September 6, 2008 at 4:10 PM | PERMALINK

John McCain has admitted that he didn't love his country for the first 30 years or so of his life -- until he became a POW.

Do we really want a President who has to be tortured into a love for his country? A President who went all through the Naval Academy without loving his country? Of course, given his low rank in his class, maybe he was too stupid to understand what his country was giving him (or too drunk). Maybe he was suffering from the confusion resulting from all those planes he crashed. Maybe during those early years, he thought his country was as disposable as his first wife.

Gotta love today's patriotic Republicans. Nobody has to serve. No war has to be paid for. Patriotism is reduced to a lapel pin.

Or maybe not, as sharon reminds us.

Posted by: CMcC on September 6, 2008 at 4:11 PM | PERMALINK

Speaking of flag pins, take a close look at Palin's from her acceptance speech.

Posted by: dr on September 6, 2008 at 4:12 PM | PERMALINK

"I am not questioning Sen. Obama's patriotism, but you have to question why at times he seems so obviously opposed to public displays of patriotism and national pride, like wearing an American flag lapel pin."

And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. (Matthew 6:5-6)

Posted by: Stefan on September 6, 2008 at 4:13 PM | PERMALINK

I'm not sure Inhofe is insulting anyone's intelligence, so much as just revealing his own second-grade level of reasoning. The man is dumb as a rock.

Posted by: Dudley on September 6, 2008 at 4:14 PM | PERMALINK

Once, again, I post this link for you to watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLWEDMLmjKk
Sorry I don't know how to make it a live link, so you may copy and paste to your browser. You may also use the Google to find out about him. "Doctor Phillip Butler is a 1961 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a former light-attack carrier pilot. In 1965 he was shot down over North Vietnam where he spent eight years as a prisoner of war. He is a highly decorated combat veteran who was awarded two Silver Stars, two Legion of Merits, two Bronze Stars and two Purple Heart medals."

Posted by: st john on September 6, 2008 at 4:17 PM | PERMALINK

Just wondering - how many people cringed like I did when Obama said McCain loves our country. We all do. Would anyone care to make an argument that Bush or Cheney do? I'd love to be on the other side of that debate.

Posted by: Danp on September 6, 2008 at 4:19 PM | PERMALINK

You'd think the voters of Oklahoma might get tired of having their Senator insult their intelligence.

Actually I think it works the other way.
You can get a feel for a ward, district, state, or country by the candidates they elect.

This ignorant and vile Senator is a reflection of the collective consciousness that selected him.

Along these lines:

I always thought an interesting study would be to compare various quality of life variables with the number of Republican Senators a state has.

Posted by: koreyel on September 6, 2008 at 4:23 PM | PERMALINK

Quick translation of Inhofe:

"If you don't want to vote for a nigger, don't vote for the nigger. He's uppity"

Posted by: POed Lib on September 6, 2008 at 4:24 PM | PERMALINK

Disliking the old USA is an asset in my candidate.

Posted by: Matt on September 6, 2008 at 4:25 PM | PERMALINK

Quoting Col. Pat Lang
The president is commander in chief of the armed forces of the United States, not of the country. We have no emperor. To think of the president of the United States as commander in chief of the country is to make this person the sovereign and we his subjects.

Posted by: frank on September 6, 2008 at 4:26 PM | PERMALINK

You'd think the voters of Oklahoma might get tired of having their Senator insult their intelligence. I hope so.

Are you kidding? I live in OK. They love the guy. He could be caught banging a prostitute and they'd blame it on her for entrapping him and the "liberal" press for publicizing it.

Posted by: Goof Beyou on September 6, 2008 at 4:31 PM | PERMALINK

st john - I don't know how to make it a live link

I think the only way to make a live link here is to do html code. So if you substitute arrows (capital comma and period) for parentheses, this

(a href="http://www.google.com/")google(/a) becomes

google

Note the url has to be in quotes.

Posted by: Danp on September 6, 2008 at 4:32 PM | PERMALINK

It's time once again for Criminals with Flag Pins.


Posted by: The Answer WAS Orange on September 6, 2008 at 4:39 PM | PERMALINK

OT - McCain's son was on the board of Silver State bank (formerly Choice) until a month ago. Yesterday, it was shut down by regulators. Let's see how long it takes McCain to remove this off his website.

Posted by: Danp on September 6, 2008 at 4:45 PM | PERMALINK

I don't think this is anywhere near a new record - I think he's always like this.

Posted by: Arachnae on September 6, 2008 at 4:46 PM | PERMALINK

Sure, many of us get tired of having a disingenuous senator. But, the truth is, there's a lot of voters over here "all et up with the dumb ass."

So to speak.

They are devoted to him.

Posted by: Jill from Sand Springs on September 6, 2008 at 4:49 PM | PERMALINK

No, not dumb as a rock. This is all part of framing the issue.

You have to hand it to the Republicans.

They have managed to ingrain into the national consciousness that the militaristic dimension of any topic is by definition the most important one.

So that any mention of themes that in a normal society would be simply drowned in derisive laughter provokes at least semi-serious discussion, even from people who should know better.

Posted by: PowerOfX on September 6, 2008 at 4:50 PM | PERMALINK

So this is what they reduce patriotism to: f___king flag pins. Samuel Johnson sure had Inhofe nailed. In addition to being a lapel pin patriot, Inhofe is also leader of the "Just say no to Global Warming" movement.

Posted by: fafner1 on September 6, 2008 at 4:51 PM | PERMALINK

Quick translation of Inhofe:

"If you don't want to vote for a nigger, don't vote for the nigger. He's uppity"

not fair. inhofe isn't a racist. he's a moron. he exhibits the same bigotry toward anyone to his left — which encompasses a considerable chunk of the political spectrum.

as far as the voters of oklahoma getting tired of his act, not likely considering they've not only elected him but re-elected him — and he ain't any smarter than he was when he first went to washington.

Posted by: mudwall jackson on September 6, 2008 at 5:01 PM | PERMALINK

Goof Beyou and Jill have the same problem in OK as we do in Arizona (McCain? Kyl?); incompetent entrenched incumbents. The persistent presence of these ---people--- really challenges the concept of representative government and makes the idea of term limits very seductive.

Posted by: -jlinge- on September 6, 2008 at 5:14 PM | PERMALINK

Technically, anyone can question anything. I, for instance, can question whether Inhofe is actually a legal U.S. citizen, in view of rumors that he is an alien from the planet Zort who never applied for naturalization. Now, I'm not saying this is TRUE, just raising the question. But if I can raise the question, isn't that a good enough reason for people not to vote for him?

Posted by: T-Rex on September 6, 2008 at 5:15 PM | PERMALINK

I have a suggestion for Halloween costumes for Obama and Biden.

Get 100,000 flag pins and completely coat two suits with them so that the fabric cannot be seen. It will be a suit of chainmail specifically constructed of flag pins, able to withstand idiotic attacks on one's patriotism (which are usually grounded in the absence of flag pins).

Then run around on Halloween noticing how these Republicans don't seem to really be into wearing flag pins, probably because they don't love their country and are traitors.

Meanwhile the Republicans are wearing flag pins from other countries, like that Israeli flag pin that Sarah Palin was wearing.

Posted by: MillionthMonkey on September 6, 2008 at 5:24 PM | PERMALINK

I grew up in Oklahoma but left 30 years ago. Most of the state is made up of mean-spirited dimwits like Inhofe (and a beleagured, exasperated minority of sensible people) so he is the perfect representative of his people. Inhofe is just what Oklahoma deserves.

Posted by: Charles on September 6, 2008 at 5:29 PM | PERMALINK

MillionthMonkey -- Palin was wearing a service star lapel pin (family member in service in time of combat/war). It's not an Israeli flag pin, although it may look like one from a distance (blue star on a white background with a red border).

Posted by: has407 on September 6, 2008 at 5:34 PM | PERMALINK

If Palin wears an Israeli flag pin--it is an area of weakness. Her anti-semitic religious view disguised. This is the world of Rove. Take your bigotry and wear it over your heart with a symbol of that which you hate. If your policies have brought destruction to your nation, make a speech decrying your opponent's patriotism. If you hate women, nominate a woman without principles. If you hate the poor, claim to be a compassionate conservative. If you hate Christ's message, denounce community organizers as idealistic simpletons. If your candidate's views on birth control and parenting are severe and destructive, take your unwed teenage mother and out-sourced baby to the convention. QED.


Posted by: Sparko on September 6, 2008 at 5:35 PM | PERMALINK

If you support the troops, wear a pin and buy a magnet; never let them come home, though.

Posted by: Sparko on September 6, 2008 at 5:37 PM | PERMALINK

Never mind, I'm blind- it wasn't an Israeli lapel pin. Gasp we can't let rumors get started, can we?

Posted by: MillionthMonkey on September 6, 2008 at 5:38 PM | PERMALINK

Inhofe likes McBushlin because both of them have such miserable environmental records (legislative, v. hot air talk.)

Posted by: Neil B on September 6, 2008 at 5:47 PM | PERMALINK

I'm not questioning Inhofe's intelligence. Just his brainpower.

Posted by: Stephen Stralka on September 6, 2008 at 5:51 PM | PERMALINK

Westmoreland, King and Inhofe:

Can we teach Obama and Biden to quote Racer X
"Better trolls, please!"

Posted by: Prup (aka Jim Benton) on September 6, 2008 at 5:59 PM | PERMALINK

This one is too easy...because of course, the people who are not insulted do NOT HAVE the intelligence to know they were...and that's WAY TOO MANY PEOPLE!!! Look back ever so slightly...

Posted by: Dancer on September 6, 2008 at 6:02 PM | PERMALINK

Say, for that Halloween costume perhaps Obama can borrow the outfit that Alec Baldwin wore for his photo in this week's New Yorker...covered in flag pins!!!

Posted by: Dancer on September 6, 2008 at 6:07 PM | PERMALINK

On some people, a flag icon is a desecration of our country.

Posted by: Algernon on September 6, 2008 at 6:13 PM | PERMALINK

St. John:
I have been quoting Phillip Butler's article on Military.com for some time, and it may be even stronger than the video. The url is

http://www.military.com/opinion/0,15202,164859,00.html

If it doesn't come up, go to military.com and do a search for Phillip Butler. He has three other articles there on the question of torture -- also worth reading.

Posted by: Prup (aka Jim Benton) on September 6, 2008 at 6:32 PM | PERMALINK

I have both the essay and the video in a post at my place.

Posted by: Blue Girl on September 6, 2008 at 6:38 PM | PERMALINK

Inhofe. Okie for "dipshit."

--Brad in Texas

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Posted by: Brad in Texas on September 6, 2008 at 6:47 PM | PERMALINK


Any takers? I feel like such a pest, but has no one heard this guy? Maybe he is not voting for McCain, but also not for Obama.
Dr. Phillip Butler, Naval Academy grad and former POW, before McCain arrived.

Posted by: st john on September 6, 2008 at 6:54 PM | PERMALINK

Yes. Several of us know of COMMANDER Butler. I have a great deal of respect for him.

Posted by: Blue Girl on September 6, 2008 at 6:57 PM | PERMALINK

I'm a left-leaning independent who could be convinced to vote for the occasional republican IF THEY DIDN'T CONTINUE BEING SUCH GODDAMNED JERKS!!!!!

Jesus Christ. Inhofe, you're an asshole.

Posted by: anonymous on September 6, 2008 at 7:10 PM | PERMALINK

Inhofe is that Dumb Okie you've heard about all your life.

Posted by: JL on September 6, 2008 at 7:24 PM | PERMALINK

Inhofe!

Please, please, please, open your mouth at EVERY opportunity!

And be direct! I'm not sure people understand those subtle points you try to make!

Posted by: Glen on September 6, 2008 at 7:40 PM | PERMALINK

that my friends is fascism.

Posted by: grinning cat on September 6, 2008 at 7:47 PM | PERMALINK

What ever did the Republicans do that gave them the impression that they could question the patriotism of Democrats?

It seems to be a pattern with them but I'm trying to understand the justification.

Posted by: leo on September 6, 2008 at 8:15 PM | PERMALINK

mnr, in a comment that seems to have been deleted, brought up Rev. Jeremiah Wright as an example of why Obama's patriotism is suspect. Well excuse me, but Wright served his country as a U.S. Marine and a Navy corpsman. Question is, how has mnr ever served his country (being an ignorant A-hole doesn’t count).

Posted by: fafner1 on September 7, 2008 at 12:36 AM | PERMALINK

EVERYONE JOIN IN AND EMAIL THE OKLAHOMA SENATOR.
http://inhofe.senate.gov/public/
CLICK ON CONTACT FORM:
A copy of my email to him
Senator Inhofe, Please apologize to Senator Obama for questioning his love of this country and patriotism and not wearing a flag pin at all times. YOU SIR ARE NOT WEARING A FLAG PIN IN YOUR PICTURE ON THIS PAGE RIGHT NOW. So does that mean you DON'T LOVE AMERICA??

Posted by: G. Smart on September 7, 2008 at 1:04 AM | PERMALINK

EVERYONE JOIN IN AND EMAIL THE OKLAHOMA SENATOR.
http://inhofe.senate.gov/public/
CLICK ON CONTACT FORM:
A copy of my email to him
Senator Inhofe, Please apologize to Senator Obama for questioning his love of this country and patriotism and not wearing a flag pin at all times. YOU SIR ARE NOT WEARING A FLAG PIN IN YOUR PICTURE ON THIS PAGE RIGHT NOW. So does that mean you DON'T LOVE AMERICA??

Posted by: G. Smart on September 7, 2008 at 1:04 AM | PERMALINK

I was riding my bike around town this morning, in Oklahoma, and the weather was damn near perfect and I was saying hi to all my neighbors and I was just thinking, "Damn, it's nice to live here." I went and got a haircut at one of the Main Street barber shops (and talked to some real interesting kids visiting from West Virginia) and then went next door and had a fantastic burger at the local diner. On my ride back to my house I stopped at a little local grocery store and talked to one of my neighbors. He and several other older fellows were sitting out front chatting and admiring their vintage cars.

Anyway, not once did it occur to me that I was primarily surrounded by "mean-spirited dimwits." My point just being that we need to avoid the dismissive answers as to why people vote for bad politicians like Inhofe. And it just isn't cool to say that people deserve bad leadership - or even if you would like to argue that they do deserve it, it's just wrong to dismiss people so easily.

Inhofe is HORRIBLE and lots of people know it, but look at the incumbent re-election statistics for any state and you will see it typically hovers around 90%. The fact is that the system is designed to protect the incumbent. People in OK are just as smart as anywhere else and have just as much potential as anywhere else. I hate the elitist arguments that Republicans constantly make and I haven't seen any signs of elitism from Obama - in fact, I would say quite the opposite. He is a transformative politician in his obvious desire to bring people together.

But there is no denying that there is often elitism among the ranks and we need to be vigilant and just say no. It leads to lowered expectations and a sort of dismissive attitude towards other citizens of the same country that does nobody any good. Better to try and figure out how to defeat Inhofe than to discard the state and its many wonderful people.

Posted by: HungChad on September 7, 2008 at 1:14 AM | PERMALINK

If you do really want to help defeat Inhofe, perhaps you can consider sending a few dollars to Andrew Rice who is opposing Inhofe in the upcoming election.

http://andrewforoklahoma.com/

He's a young and charismatic guy who could do a lot to change the politics of OK. He's a little more overtly religious than I prefer, but that's something I can certainly live with to defeat Inhofe.

Posted by: HungChad on September 7, 2008 at 1:22 AM | PERMALINK

I believe Obama loves his country. But I question whether he loves jewelry.

Posted by: Deb on September 7, 2008 at 1:44 AM | PERMALINK


Inhofe: .."like wearing an American flag lapel pin."

mccain didn't wear a flag pin at his acceptance speech...

or...

when announcing the selection of palin..

Posted by: mr. irony on September 7, 2008 at 5:42 PM | PERMALINK
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