From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
There are some entertaining write ups of Sen. James Inhofe's dash through Copenhagen, his impromptu press conference, his vow that the Senate will not pass cap-and-trade legislation, his prognistication that Republicans will be back in the majority in the Senate next year and a German reporter calling him "ridiculous."
Politico: "The ranking Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hoped to spread two messages in Copenhagen: Global warming is a hoax, and there's no way the Senate is going to pass a cap-and-trade bill." But he couldn't get any meetings. "Inhofe's aides eventually rustled up a group of reporters, and the Oklahoman -- wearing black snakeskin cowboy boots -- held forth from the top of a flight of stairs in the conference media center."
One German reporter told him, "You're ridiculous." More: "Inhofe ignored the jab, fielded a few more questions, then raced to the airport for the nine-hour flight back to Washington. After Inhofe left, some reporters were still a bit confused about what had happened and who he was. 'His name is Inhofe,' a German journalist told a Japanese reporter, 'but I don't know if it's one or two f's.'"
National Journal also picks up on the reporter's comment: "The tight security at the conference site as well as Inhofe's tight schedule appeared to stymie planned theatrics from environmental activists, who were planning to shadow Inhofe. In fact, the only real opposition voice Inhofe heard here might have been a reporter from Der Spiegel who told Inhofe at one point, 'That's ridiculous. You're ridiculous.'"
The Boston Globe: "Inhofe, who held an impromptu press conference in the Bella Center, said the chances of passage of pending climate and energy legislation were 'zero' and would remain so if such a bill was financially harmful to Americans in any way. 'I figure you are going to hear from the other side,' he said, 'so I wanted you to hear' this side."
Agence France Presse: 'We're not going to be passing a climate change bill,' Mr Inhofe said in a sometimes combative interaction with reporters. 'The ones who really grab ahold of this in the United States are the Hollywood elites,' said the Oklahoma senator, the top member of the minority Republican party on a key committee addressing global warming. ... Mr Inhofe said that Mr Kerry 'misled' the summit and feared Mr Obama would do likewise when he comes to its finale on Friday."
National Journal also notes that Inhofe played political pundit as well: "When the Republicans were the majority, I was the chairman of that committee. I probably will be again after the next midterm election."
Foreign Policy headlines his appearance as, "I'm with stupid."