The ranking Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Jim Inhofe, made a scathingly embarrassing appearance in Copenhagen. While the senator didn’t have any meetings scheduled in Copenhagen, he managed to put together an impromptu press conference, during which he took it upon himself to announce that “global warming was a hoax perpetrated on the world by the UN” and sold to Americans “by the Hollywood elite.”
Since American reporters treat statements like this as if they are just as legitimate as the actual science proving climate change, you’ll be stunned to learn that a reporter actually asked Jim-Bo what possible motive anyone could have for such a hoax.
No, Jim-Bo didn’t reveal the tin-foil hat theory behind this one, but if I had to guess, I’d blame the media elite. Er…darn, those talking points just get stuck in a person’s head. I guess there is no rational explanation for why Hollywood elites would want to sell a hoax about global warming to Americans. But that has never stopped a Republican before.
“COPENHAGEN — Sen. Jim Inhofe flew across the Atlantic and — on little sleep — braved the snow, the cold and the dark to deliver his skeptical message at the international climate conference.
What he found when he got here: a few aides and a single reporter.
“I think he’s going to be a little disappointed,” one of his aides remarked…
Inahofe hoped to spread two messages in Copenhagen: Global warming is a hoax, and there’s no way the Senate is going to pass a cap-and-trade bill. ”
Just picturing Jim-Bo in Copenhagen speaking to foreign press on behalf of Americans is cringe worthy. Why do we have to be humiliated by these pompous know-nothings, and why do they always have to wear black snake skin cowboy boots? Hey, Jim-Bo, why didn’t you just spit yer chewin’ tabaccy in their face and really show ‘em who’s boss?
There’s a saying: “Believe someone when they tell you who they are.” Jim-Bo = skinned snake. Thanks for the warnin’, Son.
Jim-Bo was apparently surprised to learn that the rest of the world doesn’t dumb their reporters down enough to buy a load of crap like he was selling, because after he made his Republican paranoia jab at “Hollywood elite”, one reporter asked him if he were referring to Schwarzenegger, which he ignored. Darn them reporters. They’re supposed to nod in acquiescence whenever a skinned snake Republican points a finger! It worked for Bush.
And are you ready for the real treat? In response to Jim-Bo’s paranoid and inexplicable narrative, a disgusted reporter from Der Speigel shouted , “You’re ridiculous!”.
Oh, gee, I love travel.
Ain’t it fun to go to places where the press don’t pretend up is down and down is up? And ain’t it great when they don’t suck the Republican lies dry in the retelling? Perhaps some countries learned the dangers of coddling nut jobs and selling propaganda the hard way. Oh, America, I fear for you.
Jim-Bo offered no explanation for his bananas theory, but did scurry his black-snake-skinned boots back to America, where his brand of crazy is all the rage.
Apparently flying into Copenhagen to announce that there is no global warming, providing no science to support your position, and avoiding the question by pointing fingers at “Hollywood elites” doesn’t carry as much water in some places as as it does here, in the “land of the free”.
Also, too, I remain ever enchanted with Republicans assumption that they are running the world just cause they said so. There will be no cap and trade, indeed, Jim-Bo!
Hey, Jim-Bo! “You’re ridiculous!” And I can prove it.
Thank you, Der Speigel.
We owe you one.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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