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June 5, 2009

A WALKING, TALKING DISGRACE.... Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), an embarrassment to himself and the Senate for quite a while now, seems to be getting worse.

Sen. Jim Inhofe said today that President Barack Obama's speech in Cairo was "un-American" because he referred to the war in Iraq as "a war of choice" and didn't criticize Iran for developing a nuclear program.

Inhofe, R-Tulsa, also criticized the president for suggesting that torture was conducted at the military prison in Guantanamo, saying, "There has never been a documented case of torture at Guantanamo."

"I just don't know whose side he's on," Inhofe said of the president.

A month ago, Inhofe told a group of constituents that the president intends to let "hard-core terrorists" run "loose in the United States." He was lying. In April, Inhofe insisted Obama is "disarming America. Never before has a president so ravaged the military at a time of war." He was lying about this, too.

During last year's presidential campaign, Inhofe asked, "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? That's the big question."

And now, while the president is overseas, and just as Obama is undercutting al Qaeda propaganda in the Middle East, Inhofe crawls out from beneath his rock to suggest the president might side with terrorists.

A lot of words come to mind to describe this kind of loathsome behavior, but "pro-American" isn't one of them.

Steve Benen 10:40 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (31)

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When is this jack ass up for re-election? This guy has to be targeted hard. Our country can't survive, much less evolve and mature in the 21st century, with idiotic fossilized ignoramus' like this moron.

It is simply astounding to me that we have people with this level of ignorance in leadership ositions in this country. now wonder we are so far behind other industrialized countries in so many categories.

The mind reels (sorry Steve, stole that one from you).

Posted by: citizen_pain on June 5, 2009 at 10:39 AM | PERMALINK

Expect to see Matt Lauer respectfully interview Crazy Inhofe on the today show pretty soon.

Posted by: Ohioan on June 5, 2009 at 10:40 AM | PERMALINK

Sorry for the spelling and grammar mistakes. I was really worked up typing that post!

Posted by: citizen_pain on June 5, 2009 at 10:41 AM | PERMALINK

This shouldn't even need to be stated, but:

IT'S OKAY IF YOU'RE A REPBULICAN

Posted by: Lifelong Dem on June 5, 2009 at 10:42 AM | PERMALINK

Is Oklahoma so red that this jackass has no chance of losing his seat? Even to a less crazy Republican?

Posted by: rob! on June 5, 2009 at 10:42 AM | PERMALINK

Are you really expecting Oklahoma to elect a progressive? There isn't a state in the union more outspoken against anything suggesting evolution.

Posted by: Chopin on June 5, 2009 at 10:42 AM | PERMALINK

What citizen_pain said.
We need to support whoever runs against this asshole.
Maybe we need an anti-stupidity PAC to take care of him and other walking brain dead individuals like him and Ms Bachman who in their stupidity lower the political discourse of the entire country. The need to be relieved of their legislative duties so they can get jobs on Faux news where they belong, preaching to the wingnuts.

Posted by: John R on June 5, 2009 at 10:46 AM | PERMALINK

"I just don't know whose side he's on," Inhofe said of the president.

Compared to you, he's on the side of the sane.

Posted by: DJ on June 5, 2009 at 10:50 AM | PERMALINK

"There has never been a documented case of torture at Guantanamo."

"I just don't know whose side he's on," Inhofe said of the president.


NO, never ANY documentation of torture anywhere! I never saw those photos of torture and abuse, Cheney never fully admitted that 3 suspects were waterboarded, I never heard Brigadier General Karpinski talk about the Abu Ghraib torture, ...

Ans yes, what an American hero you are Senator Jackhofe. Undermining and denigrating the President as he moves into an era of renewed cooperation and respect with the ME. What a total fucktard you are. You don't have anything left in your bag except questioning others patriotism, do you. Well, asshole, questioning the President's patriotism as he begins a dialogue with the Muslim world that can help quell violence and save American lives is UNPATRIOTIC. C'mon Dem politicians, step up, get a mic and camera and put the smear back on Jackhofe, where it belongs. Get Real.

Posted by: Get Real on June 5, 2009 at 10:52 AM | PERMALINK

'During last year's presidential campaign, Inhofe asked, "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? That's the big question."'

Of course not, which is why I'd never vote for that f*cking traitor Inhofe. Rot in Hell you opportunistic anti-American ass stain.

Posted by: slappy magoo on June 5, 2009 at 10:55 AM | PERMALINK

I'm offended that Inhofe didn't criticize pedophiles last Tuesday at exactly 3:07PM. I don't know which side he's on! Does he support raping children?

Posted by: Chief Angry Cloud on June 5, 2009 at 10:59 AM | PERMALINK

Is Oklahoma so red that this jackass has no chance of losing his seat? Even to a less crazy Republican?

I've been reading and debating on political forums since 2000. I've never had words with one person from Oklahoma that had even a remotely progressive point of view. In fact, the rationale behind most arguements I've debated did not make a lick of sense (mostly regarding foreign policy/national security), and yet fiercly defended when you break down the logic. There must be a perception there that truly goes beyond Red, and I've spent some time in the deep south...

Posted by: Mick on June 5, 2009 at 11:04 AM | PERMALINK

I think the situation in OK is Similar to the situation in Michelle Bachmann's house district. They are so heavily republican they will vote republican at the general election thinking thay 'yea, this person is an idiot but should still vote the party line'.

IMHO, the only hope is to get rational republicans to beat them in the primary.

Posted by: rmp on June 5, 2009 at 11:05 AM | PERMALINK

The Wikipedia article on Inhofe is facinating. He is described as a 'member of the class of 1953.' (It might be a way of saying he graduated then, but it's not clear.)

He didn't even get a B.A, until 1973 -- six years after he started serving in the OK State Legislature. (What major is not mentioned.)

His only 'business experience' was as a real estte developer and as president of a life insurance company that went bankrupt under his leadership.

Unlike many Republicans, he actually did serve two years in the military.

He has 20 'children and grandchildren' and claims that "in the recorded history of our family, we've never had a divorce or any kind of homosexual relationship."

He has opposed making student loans easier and while an initial supporter was the first Senator to withdraw support for the 'new GI Bill.'

He's never won more than 57% of the vote in any Congressional or Senatorial election, even as an incumbent.

Oh, yeah, and he's an idiot.

Posted by: Prup (aka Jim Benton) on June 5, 2009 at 11:07 AM | PERMALINK

In the Hon. Sen,'s defense, I would argue that accusations of lying imply that a person is willfully saying things he knows to be false. From his past performance, it seems entirely consistent that the man is delusional, and indeed believes the things he says (as, one assumes, do many of his constituents). We may pity them, but they might be so apart from reality that accusations of lying add insult to injury (or in this case incapacity).

Posted by: jhm on June 5, 2009 at 11:12 AM | PERMALINK

FWIW, Inhofe was reelected in 2008 by 18 points.

Inhofe's opponent was State Senator Andrew Rice. Inhofe was re-elected, 57% to 39%.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Senate_elections,_2008#Oklahoma

Thank you, Oklahoma!

I seem to recall a tradition that one wasn't supposed to criticize the president while he was on foreign soil. IOKIFYAR I guess.

Posted by: Jeff S. on June 5, 2009 at 11:13 AM | PERMALINK

I have to agree with those who are saying, basically, that Inhofe's views are a true reflection of his state.

Reading the reactions on the newspaper web site that printed the interview (newsok.com) Inhofe's views are supported two to one in favor.

Oklahoma is an oasis of bigotry and ignorance in a sea of Muslim-loving Amerika. It must truly be scary for the residence of the state to know they are surrounded by the rest of the nation -- but a great relief to know they have Texas to the south of them.

Posted by: Joesbrain on June 5, 2009 at 11:16 AM | PERMALINK

"A lot of words come to mind to describe this kind of loathsome behavior, but "pro-American" isn't one of them."

How about dickish?


Posted by: tsquared on June 5, 2009 at 11:21 AM | PERMALINK

Isn't this the man who assured a group of big business leaders that he and the other repubs would slow down and hinder Obama's global warming legislation, and stall it until another president is elected.

Posted by: JS on June 5, 2009 at 11:28 AM | PERMALINK

Asshole works. It always has.

Posted by: Scott F. on June 5, 2009 at 11:29 AM | PERMALINK

This is great. Some people might want Inhofe to be punished; I want him booked on all the Sunday shows and maybe a few appearances on Fox and CNN's Situation Room.

Then every time a Republican opens his mouth, we can ask him, "So you agree with Sen. Inhofe?"

Posted by: Tyro on June 5, 2009 at 11:39 AM | PERMALINK

Tyro,

I understand your impulse to have Inhofe non stop on tv, but unfortunately a lie repeated often enough becomes perceived as the truth. It's like Fox News 24/7 onslaught on the Clintons. Even Democrats came to view them as completely self serving and fundamentally evil. Their politics may be more conservative than mine but all the hoopla about them undermining Obama after he was the nominee was based more on Fox than direct observation. Equally, the American public is now afraid that detainees from Gitmo will somehow overthrow the American government from a supermax prison. All of that, too, is based on repeated lies.

Posted by: jen f on June 5, 2009 at 11:52 AM | PERMALINK

Inhofe is the scourge on America, he is exactly what is truly wrong with our socio-political discourse and he has an army of idiots backing him up, spouting the same utterly stupid bullshit. There is also no vaccine in sight.. I see the Republicans all the time on c-span, criticizing up a storm about the “liberals” but not producing one effective plan that might address the issue du jour. Not one!

Posted by: The Galloping Trollop on June 5, 2009 at 12:06 PM | PERMALINK

Jim Inhofe is a dick.

Posted by: David Bailey on June 5, 2009 at 12:24 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?"

Heh. I missed that quote at the time. It's pretty funny and non-controversial. After all, the only way Inhofe would not question the patriotism of the commander-in-chief is if that guy is a Republican. So all he was saying is, "Do you really want a non-Republican president?"

Posted by: Grumpy on June 5, 2009 at 1:31 PM | PERMALINK

A couple of thoughts. First, as bad as he is you can certainly find other Republican senators who say equally dumb and provocative things. In fact it is hard to think of many Republican senators who have not. Inhofe does seem to be in the major leagues, however, and I wonder if he has a drinking problem. That is still the excuse Wisconsin residents point to when Joe McCarthy is brought up.

Posted by: terry on June 5, 2009 at 2:35 PM | PERMALINK

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), an embarrassment to himself and the Senate for quite a while now

That is being extrememly generous. Inhofe is an embarrassment to evolution; that it took 65 million years to produce that creature just boggles the mind.

Posted by: electrolite on June 5, 2009 at 3:13 PM | PERMALINK

It seems Inhofe knows a thing or two about "un-American" activities.

Posted by: chris on June 5, 2009 at 3:31 PM | PERMALINK

One more reason to do your homework before voting for someone. I find it hard to believe that everyone in OK. agrees with this wing nut.

Posted by: jc on June 5, 2009 at 4:18 PM | PERMALINK

Can't we just give Oklahoma away?

Someone must want them... Maybe we could give Oklahoma away to Bangladesh, which is going to need some high and dry land in the next generation or two...

Posted by: Doug Wieboldt on June 5, 2009 at 9:44 PM | PERMALINK

I think James Inhofe reflects on the people of Oklahoma that elected him. They are the true idiots.

Posted by: veloer on June 5, 2009 at 9:55 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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