“I called Rick Perry a year ago and told him, ‘If you’re running for president, I’ll be the first to endorse you,’ ” Inhofe said at a State Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the Tulsa Press Club. “I’m going to be that person on Monday.”
What a duo! Their states are almost entirely under extreme or exceptional drought — drier than the Dust Bowl (and hotter). Their states’ preferred adaptation strategy is prayer.
And, of course, they are hard-core climate deniers who take big bucks from Big Oil and smear climate scientists — and if their do-nothing policies continue to triumph in this country, they will turn their states, and the entire SouthWest, into permanent Dust Bowls. I smell bromance in the air.
Here’s why Inhofe wouldn’t support Romney (or Gingrich):
Inhofe said he “likes Mitt Romney, but he’s a little mushy on environmental issues” and “Newt Gingrich, I always have this vision of him sitting on the couch holding hands with Nancy Pelosi,” but that he has no reservations about Perry.
Inhofe said he also thinks Perry has the best chance of any Republican to defeat Democratic incumbent Barack Obama.
I don’t think that is true. Sure, Obama could easily lose with a bad economy and even worse messaging. But Perry is Bush Lite: Everything people disliked about Bush, but without the faux compassion. Still, as TPM’s Josh Marshall reports:
… two new polls show Perry opening up a big lead over the Mittster nationwide. That dramatically changes the contours of the race and — most significantly — ends Romney’s inevitability, de facto nominee strategy.
It’s quite true that we don’t nominate presidents in nationwide primaries. The problem for Romney is that the actual states that are going to be deciding are considerably more conservative than the GOP electorate nationwide.
UPDATE: Romney is already back-pedaling on the science, as Reuters reports today:
“Do I think the world’s getting hotter? Yeah, I don’t know that but I think that it is,” he said. “I don’t know if it’s mostly caused by humans.
“What I’m not willing to do is spend trillions of dollars on something I don’t know the answer to.”