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Bridging the gap

Gazette staff January 8th, 2014

One of our state’s most conservative voices (heck, one of the nation’s) has softened his tone. Sen. Jim Inhofe said recently his “attitude” toward his across-the-aisle Senate peers changed as a result of sympathy he received after the death of his son, Perry Inhofe, 52, who died in a plane crash in November.

He said to David Gregory on NBC’s Meet the Press, “I probably shouldn’t say this, but I seem to have gotten more — well at least as many, maybe more — communications from some of my Democrat friends. ... And I’m a pretty partisan Republican.”

Even Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) set aside their differences.

“We were both married the same year, in 1959. And we’ve both had some illnesses. So yeah, I would say that when something like this happens, you get closer together. The differences are still there. ... But your attitude changes,” Inhofe said.

It’s just one, big, happy, dysfunctional family out in D.C.

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01.11.2014 at 03:36 Reply

The fact that he has acknowledged his political opponents may be human is newsworthy only as a reminder of his cutthroat, obstructionist, and fantasy-based policy history. Note that the rest of his words (not quoted here) suggested that he intends to be more civil only with those who responded sympathetically with his own plight. I understand grief, but these are not the actions of an adult, much less a leader.