Sen. Jim Inhofe never lets reality get in the way of a bad idea.
That's right, Cowboy fans, Oklahoma's senior senator is sticking with Rick Perry for president, even as Perry has demonstrated repeatedly that he's ill-informed, hot-headed and too bigoted for the presidency.
Speaking earlier this week to the Tulsa Metro Chamber of Commerce, Inhofe said Perry is his man "because on environmental issues and on energy issues he's still the best one."
We disagree. But we get it—Inhofe is pandering to the oil and gas bidness, as he always does. But even Republican voters aren't buying what Inhofe is selling.
On the national stage, Perry has proved a huge embarrassment, another Texas governor not ready for prime time.
It's possible, of course, that Perry will stage a big comeback—look at Newt!—but we aren't counting those chickens just yet.
Newt is smarter than Perry (though that's not saying much), but even Newt may not survive the primary season. Like the Texas governor, Newt is afflicted with foot-in-mouth disease. It may not be long before he comes crashing down again.
Meanwhile, Jim Inhofe is backing a loser.