Props to Salon for the compilation. Sadly, Rick Santorum ghas been ousted, so Pennsylvania gets shut out.
James Inhofe, R-Okla.
Evidence of knuckleheadedness: Don't sell James Inhofe short. Yes, he's the poster child for global warming deniers. He called global warming "the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people," on the Senate floor, and he's used the writings of novelist Michael Crichton to try to persuade his colleagues and the public that there's nothing to worry about. He's also argued on Fox News that all this scare-mongering is just a plot by "the Weather Channel" to boost its ratings.
But Inhofe's brand of crazy doesn't stop at climate change. He believes that kicking God out of schools in 1963 unleashed an "age of perversion" in this country, and that the terrorist attacks of 9/11 were evidence of God's anger at the United States for our policies toward Israel. He's also said that the "Birthers," who think President Obama wasn't born in the U.S., "have a point." Given the stubborn Oklahoman's immunity to fact, his August statement about the healthcare reform bill is unsurprising: "I don't have to read it, or know what's in it. I'm going to oppose it anyways."