Jim Inhofe, former Tulsa mayor and now Oklahoma's senior (God help us all) senator, needs your money. And if you don't give it to him, the "powerful far left special interest groups" are gonna get him.
Inhofe's campaign sent out an e-mail message this week with just that message. Contribute to my campaign, Inhofe said, so he can push back against the "Washington liberals."
(The liberals are coming! We're so-o-o-o-o scared!)
The language in Inhofe's e-mail is worth some analysis. The senator offers no positive agenda, no ideas, and no endorsement of any Republican legislation or policy. There's only the well-worn scare tactic—the hoary specter of "far left special interest groups" and "Washington liberals."
Having embraced nearly every policy of an unpopular and failed president, having kissed up to the most arrogant and wrong-headed vice president in recent history, having supported an unnecessary and unpopular war, Inhofe has little positive to say about himself or the Republicans.
Reading between the lines, Inhofe's message is clear: I'm not much of a senator, he seems to say, but liberals are worse. So send me money.
Remember: Liberals are bad. And did I mention I need your money?