Coutergeist wasn’t the only circus act at CPAC’s get-together

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) got the crowd cheering early in the day. “I have been called — my kids are all aware of this — dumb, crazy man, science abuser, Holocaust denier, villain of the month, hate-filled, warmonger, Neanderthal, Genghis Khan and Attila the Hun,” he announced. “And I can just tell you that I wear some of those titles proudly.”

“Science abuser” has to be the least insulting title in that list!

Inhofe repeated his view that man-made global warming is “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people,” and he quarreled with a Bush administration proposal to list polar bears as a threatened species. “They’re overpopulated,” he declared. “Don’t worry about it: The polar bear is fine.” His staff handed out supporting documentation, including the claim that “MARS HAS GLOBAL WARMING DESPITE ABSENCE OF SUVs.”

Sheesh. Overpopulated? There are maybe 20,000 bears on the entire planet. They’ve seen an estimated 20% reduction in world population in the past few decades. Adult weights are down 15%, and cub survival rates have plummeted, with fewer than 2 out of every 3 cubs that would have survived their first year 30 years ago making it that long now. Yeah, Inhofe, they’re in great shape.

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