Who is the most stupid member of Congress?

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Of course, the answer to the question in the headline above does not come easily. There are lots of dimwits in Congress, and there always has been. It’s hard to say which of them has been the dumbest.

But I became convinced years ago that Sen. James Inhofe, the Oklahoma Republican and perhaps the leading global-warming skeptic in all of Washington, ranks among the most thick-headed lawmakers we’ve ever had..

Do you remember the so-called Climategate scandal of 2009? Most people have long since forgotten it, but it was a big deal for a short while. Global-warming deniers everywhere were dancing in the streets with delight over what they considered to be good evidence that the pointy-headed scientists at fancy universities had been lying about human-caused climate change.

Never mind the details of the matter. The fact is that flat-earthers ended up bitterly disappointed when investigation after investigation showed that there was nothing in the so-called scandal that disproved mainstream scientific theories regarding anthropogenic global warming.

Finally, at the behest of Jim Inhofe, the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Commerce undertook another investigative of the issue. The verdict: Government scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration did not manipulate climate change data.

If memory serves, Inhofe took a break for a while from his incessant claims that global warming was just a hoax hatched by troublemakers. But he was back at it before long, and he’s been at it ever since. Nobody in Congress is a more reliable critic of scientific theories on climate change.

Inhofe once showed off a snowball in the Senate chambers as evidence against global-warming theories.

It’s only natural, of course, that some of us wonder how a guy like him gets elected to high office time after time?

Well, living in Oklahoma probably helps. I can name lots of states where a man like Inhofe wouldn’t have a chance to win more than a seat on a city council or county board.


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