Perhaps Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) isn’t such a harsh guy after all.
Inhofe is known as the leading voice against the science that proves climate change is happening and any policies that have been drawn up to address it. Inhofe has been lampooned over the years for his stance and the frequent use of extreme rhetoric to back it up.
But last week's quote put Inhofe in a new light, showing that the Oklahoman can stay above the often-commonplace personal attacks that tend to dominate rhetoric on Capitol Hill. Inhofe’s human side came out in the wake of the announcement that Carol Browner will be leaving the White House. Browner was the climate czar for the Obama administration tasked with implementing polices for adapting to climate change, mitigating its possible affects and trying to prevent it.
Perhaps this was just Inhofe being graceful in victory — assuming he sees Browner’s departure as a victory. Perhaps this was just Inhofe feeling the effects of a more cordial Congress before the State of the Union, during which members sat with members of the opposite political party. But whatever the reasons or motivations, it was a sign that politics doesn't always have to be about scoring points. It usually is, but at least there are signs that it doesn’t always have to be that way.