Always alert to public needs (tongue firmly in cheek), Sen. Jim Inhofe is sponsoring new legislation that will protect the rights of civilian pilots—like Jim Inhofe.
Oklahomans may remember that Inhofe landed on a closed Texas runway last year, an incident that "scared the crap" out of several construction workers. Inhofe continues to insist that he did nothing wrong.
Inhofe's new legislation, reported in today's Tulsa World, is being presented by the senator as an "appropriate safeguard…to prevent agency overreach."
But it also looks a lot like sour grapes. After all, Inhofe landed on a clearly marked closed runway, got a slap on the wrist by the FAA, and now wants to get back at the agency for doing its job.
Unfortunately, this is exactly the kind of political game Inhofe loves to play. The Talking Points Memo story on Inhofe's new proposal is here.