Yesterday I asked for suggestions
from readers for which historical figure Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), global warming denier and chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, most closely resembles.
I was looking for comparable historical figures who were not just oblivious in the face of facts but vigorously fought the facts and those who discovered the facts. But the way I phrased the question left some readers thinking I meant who does Inhofe most look like physically. I'll just say that those emails were especially unflattering to the Senator, and leave it at that.
Receiving the most nominations were those associated with the persecution of Galileo
, in particular Pope Urban VIII
Tied for second were the Soviet genetics-rejectionist Trofim Lysenko
and, my personal favorite, Baghdad Bob
As your prize for playing, not only is Inhofe out as chairman come January, but word came today that he may not even survive as ranking member
of the committee. Thank you for playing.