Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) has been a man on a mission since 2003, when he embarked on his crusade to destroy the myth of ManBearPig and the Democrats’ associated agenda to redistribute wealth as a tribute to Gaïa. ManBearPig may have gone out with quite a bang, but Cap-’n-Tax went very quietly into the night last Saturday, when it was pronounced dead on arrival by Sen. Lindsey Graham. Do not expect Sen. Inhofe to accept his victory with the same discretion as Cap-’n-Tax’s exit from the congressional agenda, for he is well-versed in the very Alinsky tactics by which ManBearPig was propagated, grossly exaggerated in importance, and altered to fit whatever the current “truth” might have been at any given moment.
Inhofe so successfully exploited Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals that he actually perfected them by weeding out the rules which would ultimately prove futile in the end. He is not a community organizer, so not all the Rules were useful for his purposes. He was in it for the long haul and he was largely on his own, as opposed to his well-organized opponents, who were only interested in radical change itself rather than any larger principle like freedom, capitalism, or the truth.
Since he did not have to fake the appearance of power or numbers, Rule 1 did not apply. He had facts on his side and his own truth squad, which were all he needed.
Rules 6 and 7 were useless to Inhofe because his far-sighted approach was ultimately the reason he prevailed. The science was rather boring and it seemed that it was Inhofe against the world, a man on a mission, long before any of his colleagues had heard the term “cap and trade.” As for Rule 8, he kept “the pressure on” without much shifting of tactics, as he recounts:
“When I called anthropogenic global warming a hoax in 2003, while in Milan for the U.N.’s climate-change negotiations, people said I was nuts,” says Inhofe. “These e-mails show, however, that this is a hoax being perpetuated not just by the far-left extremists like George Soros, Michael Moore, and the Hollywood elite, but by the scientists. Their agenda is not just to stop America’s progress but to hide the data. It’s just an extraordinary and unfortunate situation.”
He never had the opportunity to employ Rule 2 (“Never go outside the experience of your people”) because none of his people have had the opportunity to experience global warming. Going outside the experience of his opponent (Rule 3), however, proved quite useful whenever he cited the work of honest scientists, as opposed to the corrupt frauds of NASA and the IPCC who for so many years were the arbiters of truth. Post-Climategate, none of his “opponents” have a leg to stand on.
Rule 4 (“[making] opponents live up to their own book of rules”) was where Inhofe really shined, long before he lived to see Barbara Boxer and Lisa Jackson throw the IPCC and NASA under the bus and effectively concede that they were selling us nothing but hot air. He has repeatedly called Al Gore on his ridiculous carbon footprint and, just to underline his hypocrisy, introduced the Personal Energy Ethics Pledge. Holding his opponents to their claim that “the science is settled” ultimately proved to be their undoing.
There is now a veil hanging over the IPCC,” says Inhofe. “The EPA must begin to back off using its reports in its policies. Billions are at stake here. The CRU cooked the science, now we must make sure that truth, not climate spin, wins out.”
The truth did win out, largely because Inhofe acted as an albatross, following ManBearPig and his cronies all over the world for years.
In addition to Inhofe’s ridiculing (Rule 5) of Gore mentioned above, he more recently challenged Gore to a snowman contest and built him an igloo with his son while Washington was shut down due to inclement weather. But Inhofe is no longer joking; he is calling for Gore to be stripped of his Nobel Prize and investigated by Congress over his role in Climategate.
As for the threat being worse than the thing itself (Rule 9), only time will tell, but his opponents sure are running scared.
Having a plan (Rule 10) was a no-brainer, since the entire crisis was fabricated in the first place and we have plenty of carbon-emitting natural resources right here of which to make use. Inhofe merely had to establish that the climate was never broken so fixing it was therefore a non-issue.
Inhofe picked his target and isolated him (Rule 11) very early on. While he never lost sight of the scope of the ManBearPig conspiracy, he never forgot who his primary target was, either, nor is he likely to now. He forced Gore into the shadows at Copenhagen, challenged him to a debate, and built him an igloo. Inhofe is now polarizing his target by calling for an investigation of Gore’s role in Climategate, which will pit Congress against Gore and the junk science he has been pushing all these years.
Inhofe has been so successful at driving Gore underground, in fact, that some have been asking where he went. He was last heard from in an op-ed printed in some failing newspaper, rambling almost incoherently about how ManBearPig lives and how two minor errors (!?!?!) do not undermine his ManBearPig religion, never once admitting to the existence of an enormous conspiracy to falsify data or the other 17 bogus studies* on which his claims are based.
Inhofe was last seen dancing on Cap-’n-Tax’s grave, which I hear is located just beneath Al Gore’s igloo. Keep an eye on his YouTube channel for video.
*Update: Make that 18 other bogus studies.