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As political villains go, there are few more prominent, more outrageous, or more complete for progressives than Senator James Mountain "Jim" Inhofe.

Inhofe is rather the perfect manifestation of the scourge the post-Gingrich Republican Party has inflicted on common sense in America. His staunch opposition to even the slightest acknowledgment of climate change is legendary, and probably the feather in the cap of Inhofe's lunacy.

It's worth noting that Inhofe has been the beneficiary of over one million dollars in campaign donations from the oil and gas industry. Goal Thermometer

Frankly, though, I don't think that's the source of Inhofe's rabid anti-environmentalism: I think he truly believes all of it.

A few choice quotes:

On global warming:

"The greatest hoax ever perpetuated on the American people".

On environmentalists:

"It kind of reminds... I could use the Third Reich, the Big Lie... You say something over and over and over and over again, and people will believe it, and that's their [the environmentalists'] strategy... A hot summer has nothing to do with global warming. Let's keep in mind it was just three weeks ago that people were saying, 'Wait a minute; it is unusually cool...Everything on which they [the environmentalists] based their story, in terms of the facts, has been refuted scientifically."

On An Inconvenient Truth:

The Oklahoma Republican compares "An Inconvenient Truth," which he doesn't plan to see, to Adolf Hitler's book "Mein Kampf."

"If you say the same lie over and over again, and particularly if you have the media's support, people will believe it," Inhofe said.

I picked out three quotes. I could have picked three hundred. Head-in-the-sand science expressed with the bitterest of personal venom has long been Inhofe's cause celebre. Inhofe is, of course, a reliable right-wing stooge on other issues as well. He gave his name to the Inhofe Amendment to the 2006 Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act, an amendment which then-Minority Leader Harry Reid famously called "racist". He is pro-torture. He is a staunch opponent of abortion rights and gay rights, and even of Jim Webb's 21st Century GI Bill, a bill Inhofe once supported. Even in today's Republican Party, it is difficult to find a more radical (or cartoonishly unpleasant) right-winger elected to statewide office than James Inhofe.

But as loathsome as Inhofe is, what of the man who would replace him?

Andrew Rice is a 34-year old father of two, public policy advocate, and Oklahoma State Senator. He is the brother of David Rice, a former Fulbright Scholar and New Yorker who was killed in the 9/11 tragedy. Following the death of his brother, Rice devoted his life to influencing public policy.

From his website, here is a bit of Rice's history prior to his entry into politics:

Andrew graduated from Colby College in Maine with a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies and went to work in Sri Lanka and Thailand on rural development projects in impoverished villages.

He returned to the U.S. a year later to attend Harvard Divinity School, where he graduated in 1999 with a Masters in Theological Studies.

In graduate school, he collaborated with his sister, Amy Rice, to produce the documentary, "From Ashes," about an ex-convict who runs a hospice for rejected HIV-positive patients in Bangalore, India. At the time of his brother’s death, Rice was working in New York as a documentary film producer.

Shortly after 9/11, Rice worked at the Texas Faith Network (TFN) in Austin, Texas, where he organized Texas religious leaders to advocate for moderate and progressive public policy ideas. He also organized education programs at places of worship all across Texas about the dangers of religious intolerance.

Since entering politics, Rice has proven to be a progressive voice in one of the most conservative states in the country. Upon entering the State Senate, Rice devoted his time to healthcare reform, culminating in his introducing Steffanie's Law in 2008 and passing it through the State Senate with broad support. His progressive stances on health care reform, telecom immunity, international affairs and the Iraq War, and environmental affairs are quite impressive. Considering he comes from such a conservative state, his progressive credentials are truly remarkable.

Considered a rising star in Oklahoma Democratic politics since his 2005 election to the State Senate, Rice has now decided to take on a race few thought he could win, against a man who has held federal office since 1986. He is running in a state where Bush defeated Kerry 66% to 34% in 2004, where the only Democrat in the federal delegation is the conservative Rep. Daniel Boren, where no Democrat has won election to the Senate since Boren's father David in 1990.

Yet Rice had the bravery to take on this race, for the simple reason that Oklahomans deserve better than James Inhofe. Make no mistake, Rice is no sacrificial lamb. His fundraising has been impressive, his campaign is gaining genuine traction with voters, and his organization is sufficiently strong to have drawn support already from the DSCC. Although Inhofe has long held federal office, he has never managed more than 57% of the vote in any of those elections, and I seriously doubt he will exceed that total this fall.

Rice seeks to expand the Democratic map into the reddest of territory, while remaining unashamed of progressive ideas. He has stood up to oppose a truly horrendous Senator who has no business spending another day in Washington. He is the future of the Democratic party in his state, and we're proud to add Andrew Rice to Orange to Blue.

Remember, Oklahoma is a relatively cheap state in which to advertise, meaning that just a little bit of money goes a long way towards helping Rice get his message out. So show some love to the newest Orange to Blue candidate, State Senator Andrew Rice.

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Originally posted to Daily Kos on Fri Jun 20, 2008 at 09:30 AM PDT.

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  •  why? (2+ / 0-)
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    AmericanFactotum, RJDixon74135

    how do i know he's telling the truth?

    I voted for democrats in 2006, and I've watched as every fucking promise turned out to be nothing but lies.  And so many new ones turned out to be royal turds, like Chris Carney and Jerry McInerny.

    And right now, i'm watching shitbags in the House destory the 4th Amendment.

    •  how do you know anyone is telling the truth? (6+ / 0-)

      seriously--what kind of proof are you looking for?

      Politics is like driving. To go backward, put it in R. To go forward, put it in D.
      Give to Populista's Obamathon 2.0!

      by TrueBlueMajority on Fri Jun 20, 2008 at 09:35:27 AM PDT

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      •  too many sellouts (0+ / 0-)

        too many sellouts this week (this year too).

        i've lost faith.  it's not coming back.

        All I want now is revenge.

        •  That's sad. (1+ / 0-)
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          -9.13, -7.79 When you pray, move your feet. -African Proverb

          by L0kI on Fri Jun 20, 2008 at 10:04:42 AM PDT

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        •  Seeking revenge on a Democrat in a general (0+ / 0-)

          Is counterproductive, doubly so when the incumbent he's up against is the very worst of the worst.

          Your message is troll-worthy - maybe I shouldn't hold back.

          We must love one another and die.

          by Tybalt on Fri Jun 20, 2008 at 11:04:13 AM PDT

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          •  sorry about that. (0+ / 0-)

            I think those of us invested in the FISA debate would beg to differ with you. as would, I imagine, our host:

            When we started this "netroots" thing, we worked to get "more and better Democrats" elected. At first, we focused on the "more" part. This year, we're focusing a bit more on the "better" part. And in 2010, we'll have enough Democrats in the House to exclusively focus on the "better" part.

            That means primary challenges. And as we decide who to take on, let it be known that this FISA vote will loom large. Voting to give telecommunication companies retroactive immunity may not guarantee a primary challenge, but it will definitely loom large.

            We kicked Joe Lieberman out of the caucus. We got rid of Al Wynn this year. Those were test runs, so to speak. We've got a lot more of that ready to unleash in 2010.

            I am going to gladly and gleefully make real problems for the people who sold out my rights.

            No offense against Rice, who I can't even vote for (i don't live in his state).  I'm sure he's a good guy, and my comment above was definitely written more out of anger about FISA and untrustworthy democrats than anything else, and should probably be retracted.

            However, it's hard not to feel that way when people like Sestak, McNerney, Pelosi, Pat Murphy, and a lot of others make promises they didn't intend to keep.  My rights are more important than anything, and by their vote they have lost me as an ally.

            And if I'm not your ally, I'm your enemy.  There's no neutral ground when it comes to freedom.

    •  Mr. Rice graduated from harvard divinity school (4+ / 0-)

      Nothing is guaranteed, but that comes about as close as you can get to being ensured he is a people powered progressive who will fight for LGBTQ marital rights!

      People power = LGBTQ marital rights = OBAMA '08!

      by kevinspa on Fri Jun 20, 2008 at 09:43:35 AM PDT

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    •  What about the good ones (0+ / 0-)

      like Carol Shea-Porter, or the just elected Donna Edwards who cast votes the right way on Iraq and on FISA?

      Or like Tom Allen and Tom Udall who, while not yet on Orange to Blue, are senatorial candidates who have just demonstrated that they'll vote our way on these matters?

      © sardonyx; all rights reserved

      by sardonyx on Fri Jun 20, 2008 at 12:35:19 PM PDT

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    •  C'mon, he's running against Jim Inhofe (0+ / 0-)

      He HAS to be better.

      Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction -- Pascal

      by RJDixon74135 on Fri Jun 20, 2008 at 02:38:03 PM PDT

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  •  how will he explain Bangladesh underwater? (0+ / 0-)

    the country sank?  

    John McCain gets economic advice from subprime mortgage banking lobbyist

    by gaspare on Fri Jun 20, 2008 at 09:34:42 AM PDT


    You can meet Andrew Rice at a Cambridge fundraiser next Wednesday night!  Send an email to me: hopemonger at earthlink dot net, and I will send you the details.

    Sure you can give on the Act Blue page but wouldn't you like a chance to talk to him in person?

    We have GOT to get rid of Inhofe, who is a global warming denier among his other negative political qualities.

    I'm really glad that Rice is going be part of Orange to Blue.

    So anyone who can get to Cambridge next Wednesday and wants to meet him ($50/$100/$200/$500) please email me today and I will forward you the time and location.

    Politics is like driving. To go backward, put it in R. To go forward, put it in D.
    Give to Populista's Obamathon 2.0!

    by TrueBlueMajority on Fri Jun 20, 2008 at 09:34:49 AM PDT

  •  Help vote Rice for PAC For a Change (11+ / 0-)

    Please vote for Rice for Barbara Boxer's PAC. The winner gets a fundraising email to the PACs email list.

    Vote Here

    I'm sorry, but Al Franken does not need any fundraising help. He's outraising Norm Coleman, the incumbent.

  •  If there EVER was a year for victory, this is it! (4+ / 0-)
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    GO get em andy!

    The Seminole Democrat
    A blue voice calling from the deep red

    by SemDem on Fri Jun 20, 2008 at 09:35:44 AM PDT

  •  Rock on (3+ / 0-)
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    thank you for the support! yes!!

    support ANDREW RICE, the man who will defeat JIM "crazy man" INHOFE on Nov. 4th, 2008

    by oriole223 on Fri Jun 20, 2008 at 09:35:57 AM PDT

  •  I had little hope (10+ / 0-)

    that Andrew would be added to this list. The happier I am now that he's actually on it. This is the most awesome news of the week!

  •  My candidate budget is empty for ... (9+ / 0-)

    ...this quarter, but Rice will get some sugar from me in July.

    As for Jim Inhofe, he's the "greatest hoax" ever perpetrated on Oklahomans. Watching him spout a few years ago about how the Arctic ice isn't really melting faster than before put me on the floor for five minutes laughing through the tears.

    And then there was this:

    The issue of catastrophic global warming, which I would like to speak about today, fits perfectly into this mold. Much of the debate over global warming is predicated on fear, rather than science. Global warming alarmists see a future plagued by catastrophic flooding, war, terrorism, economic dislocations, droughts, crop failures, mosquito-borne diseases, and harsh weather-all caused by man-made greenhouse gas emissions.

    Hans Blix, chief U.N. weapons inspector, sounded both ridiculous and alarmist when he said in March, "I'm more worried about global warming than I am of any major military conflict."

    Science writer David Appell, who has written for such publications as the New Scientist and Scientific American, parroted Blix when he said global warming would "threaten fundamental food and water sources. It would lead to displacement of billions of people and huge waves of refugees, spawn terrorism and topple governments, spread disease across the globe."

    None of that, of course, will happen.

    Ousting this living caricature of a Senator and replacing him with Rice would be a spectacular benefit of this watershed election year.

    I am an anti-imperialist. I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land. -- Mark Twain

    by Meteor Blades on Fri Jun 20, 2008 at 09:39:43 AM PDT

    •  Thanks, MB (4+ / 0-)
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      We're pushing for donations for the end of the quarter, but we'll be grateful for any help you can give in July.  Thanks!

      Campaign Staff for State Senator Andrew Rice, Candidate for U.S. Senate, Oklahoma, 2008.

      by Andrew for Oklahoma on Fri Jun 20, 2008 at 09:51:02 AM PDT

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    •  Thanks, MeteorBlades (0+ / 0-)

      From an Okie. I used to think Jim Inhofe was a pain because he'd occassionally take my regular table for lunch. I was ALMOST glad he got sent to Washington. Then, I started listening to what he was saying. Now, my number one political priority this year is to see him retired. I hope everybody helps.

      Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction -- Pascal

      by RJDixon74135 on Fri Jun 20, 2008 at 03:17:07 PM PDT

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  •  Even If Inhofe Weren't The Worst... (6+ / 0-)

    Andrew Rice would still be the best candidates for voters interested in members of Congress who will represent people, rather than corporate power.

  •  Yes I will be sure to give money to Dems (0+ / 1-)
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    Send your money to the ACLU or EFF. It will get put to much better use than supporting yet another "better" Dem who will just sell-out or be marginalised by Pelosi and Hoyer anyway...

    The lefty blogosphere spends thousands and thousands of man/women hours debunking the establishment media, faux news, and the rest of the vast right wing conspiracy, all in defense of the Democratic Party, with the idea being that the Democratic Party is the "party of the people" and better able to implement policies progressives in the lefty blogosphere support.

    And in return the Democratic Party takes the impeachment of a gang of war criminals "off the table", refuses, even in the face of the outright refusal of the US Justice Dept to enforce the laws of the US, to even consider using their powers of inherent contempt to hold the executive accountable,  refuses to use their power of the purse to stop ANY of the juntas worst policies, let alone the illegal occupation of a sovereign state which is resulting in the death, maiming and displacement of hundreds of thousand of innocent Iraqis and in short just never misses a chance to kick the lefty blogosphere in their collective crotches.

    And yet the lefty blogosphere continues to support these useless scumbags.

    I gotta admit, but I'm a little bit confused...

    •  This site supports Democrats (0+ / 0-)

      Especially good ones, especially good alternatives to the worst Republicans in the Senate.  Coming here and soliciting for the EFF "instead" is nothing short of trolling.

      We must love one another and die.

      by Tybalt on Fri Jun 20, 2008 at 11:07:02 AM PDT

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  •  I'm donating today! (2+ / 0-)
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    This tells me all I need to support Mr. Rice: "attend(ed) Harvard Divinity School" and "organized Texas religious leaders to advocate for moderate and progressive public policy ideas". That tells me that Mr. Rice will be a people powered advocate for LGBTQ marital rights and a strong wall of separation of church and state. Nothing prepares people powered leaders more to be in the forefront of our fight than a degree from Harvard Divinity School and progressive religious leader(ship)! A donation is coming Mr. Rice's way today from this people powered kossack!

    People power = LGBTQ marital rights = OBAMA '08!

    by kevinspa on Fri Jun 20, 2008 at 09:42:41 AM PDT

  •  I loved it when Barbara Boxer shot Inhofe (4+ / 0-)
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    down at that environmental hearing after she took over the chairmanship (chairpersonship?) of the group.

    •  Loved it! (1+ / 0-)
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      Once we retire Inhofe from the Senate maybe he can become a paid research of big oil! He certain wouldn't get any research money unless he acknowledged at the beginning the existence of climate change from any other source!

      People power = LGBTQ marital rights = OBAMA '08!

      by kevinspa on Fri Jun 20, 2008 at 09:44:58 AM PDT

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  •  Given what's happening today in Congress... (0+ / 0-)

    What's, ah, Rice's position on FISA and wiretapping?

  •  If we only pick up 1 senate seat this year (5+ / 0-)
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    L0kI, RJDixon74135, Tybalt, budr, VoteHope08

    it had better be Inhofes'.  There is no other person in the Senate who i'd like to see go more than Inhofe.

    "Big" John Cornyn, bad teeth Coleman and phone jamming Sununu are bad, VERY BAD, but Inhofe is just in another league.

    Please god send Inhofe into retirement.

    "Hussein in the membrane...Hussein in the brain." - ???

    by Ex Real Republican on Fri Jun 20, 2008 at 09:46:02 AM PDT

  •  My fellow Okies are going to be tough to convince (7+ / 0-)

    We have to demonstrate that Andrew is indeed the better candidate and that Inhofe is not good for the state. Their are a lot of people who cling to "guns and religion" here and consistently vote against their own interest.

    I started following Barack Obama on Twitter. You can follow Andrew Rice on Twitter as well:

    Let's give James Inhofe the political fight of his life and help him retire. I think we can find enough people to donate to buy him a slightly used FEMA trailer and a parcel of land at Tar Creek so he can enjoy his retirement.

    "Never have so few taken so much from so many for so long."

    by londubh on Fri Jun 20, 2008 at 09:46:13 AM PDT

  •  Don't forget this quote from Inhofe (6+ / 0-)

    That is the most repugnant thing anyone could say to a people powered kossack, that hits closest to home with our priorities. Don't forget this sick gem "I’m very proud that in the entire recorded history of our family, there has never been...any kind of homosexual relationship"

    People power = LGBTQ marital rights = OBAMA '08!

    by kevinspa on Fri Jun 20, 2008 at 09:46:54 AM PDT

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  •  One thing Inhofe says is true: (3+ / 0-)
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    "If you say the same lie over and over again, and particularly if you have the media's support, people will believe it," Inhofe said.

    Sadly this usually is the strategy adopted by Inhofe and his ilk...

    "If the good Lord had intended for us to walk, He wouldn't have invented roller skates." - Willy Wonka

    by RethinkEverything on Fri Jun 20, 2008 at 09:51:35 AM PDT

  •  Most Energetic Warm Up For Obama (3+ / 0-)
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    Possible back in May of 07.  

    He reminds of Obamas  in many ways - this unpolitician  will make a great Senator.

    This breif on Inhofe and Vets might make a profound diffference for many voters in the hopefuly very soon  formerly red state of Oklahoma.  I hope its dark truth sees the light of day soon

    "Obama. He's redefining what a politician is... take the best from the past, leave the worst back there and go forward into the future " Bob Dylan

    by SmithsLastWord on Fri Jun 20, 2008 at 09:56:52 AM PDT

    •  Thanks for the pointer (0+ / 0-)

      to that youtube. I'll be sending it to everybody who's still in Oklahoma and has put an email address on our highschool graduating class web site (1965) tonight! I'm doing everything I can think of to get Inhofe out of our Senate.

      Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction -- Pascal

      by RJDixon74135 on Fri Jun 20, 2008 at 03:32:36 PM PDT

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  •  well nice (0+ / 0-)

    Take a look out for the str8 talk!!

    McCain Double-Talk on Immigration?

  •  Some of my favorite Inhofe Quotes: (2+ / 0-)
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    1.  "Jane Fonda and George McGovern should be hanged for treason."

    On affirmative action:  "The last time I looked at the Statue of Liberty -- it was blindfolded."

    The day after the Oklahoma City bombing:  "We are not sure how many federal employees are missing because we don't know how many were playing hooky."

    The doctor said I wouldn't have so many nose bleeds if I kept my finger outta there. - Ralph Wiggum

    by jim bow on Fri Jun 20, 2008 at 09:58:48 AM PDT

  •  I went to a fundraiser last night. (4+ / 0-)
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    My wife and I went to a Rice fundraiser here in Edmond, OK last night.  We gave the "recommended amount" and hung out with the folks here.  The event itself was held in a house in the Country Club section of town by a man who said that he had been a Republican until 2006.  He's still not a hard-core Democrat, but he likes Rice for his unifying message.  As he said, Rice represents the addition and multiplication parts of the political equation, while Inhofe represents the subtraction and division parts.

    My wife and I were the youngest ones there (I'm 28, and my wife is 29.)  Folks were nice there, though we did feel a bit out of our element.  We chatted with the people, and all was well.  My wife talked with Andrew Rice for a bit, and I felt she was monopolizing his time.  She had a bit to drink, and when she drinks, she gets talkative.  I told her after we left that I thought she was probably holding him up a bit, and she felt really down about it.  Then, I felt bad that she felt bad, and I wondered if I had assessed the situation properly.  For those of you who have been in these situations, how do you handle them?

    Rice would be a great boon for our state.  Keep in mind that we are not adverse to voting for Democrats on the state-wide scale.  We have a Democratic governor, lieutenant governor, and a bunch of others.  The only Republican that won a statewide position was a man who was running for Corporation Commissioner, and even I voted for him.  (The Democrat was a lobbyist for some of the companies that come under the jurisdiction of the Corporation Commission, and he seemed like an ass to me.)  I think that he could do it.  I don't think that there is all that much love for Inhofe, and I think that the Republicans here are not particularly energized this year.

    •  Sorry to get snippy but (1+ / 0-)
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      The Democrat was a lobbyist for some of the companies that come under the jurisdiction of the Corporation Commission, and he seemed like an ass to me.

      If you're talking about Cody Graves, I have no idea what you are talking about. I've known his son since I was 7 and known him just as long and he one of the nicest men I've ever met. Bob Anthony is a rich asshole who could pour in money to buy airtime and ads.

  •  I love religious progressives... (0+ / 0-)

    I'm not religious myself, but I love the ones who live what they preach...

    I'd contribute if I could... (Canadian)... Love to see Rice kick Inhofe's sorry ass out!

    -9.13, -7.79 When you pray, move your feet. -African Proverb

    by L0kI on Fri Jun 20, 2008 at 10:04:00 AM PDT

  •  We send the two worst Senators to Washington. (7+ / 0-)

    I would give my right arm to send Inhofe packing. While I'd take literally anything over Inhofe, Rice is honestly someone that will make all of us proud. Additionally, he can win! He's a progressive who emphasizes his truly bipartisan approach to legislating  . If Andrew does not win in November he will at the very least build a large enough statewide profile to run again in the future.

    "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing" -8.25, -7.54

    by dem4evr on Fri Jun 20, 2008 at 10:04:37 AM PDT

  •  Did Orange-to-Blue (2+ / 0-)
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    read the Act Blue in an Energy Smart way list? It is starting to seem that way.  

    Inhofe to Rice would be a tremendous shift, like putting Pombo into retirement in 2006 (although maybe Rice would be better in the Senate than the PomboSlayer has been in maintaining relations with the NetRoots).

  •  Rice seems like (3+ / 0-)

    The future of the national party, not just his state.  Anything to rid us of Inhoufe would be wonderful, but Rice is the real deal.

  •  looks like Matt Damon (2+ / 0-)
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  •  Wow (3+ / 0-)
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    I lived in Oklahoma City for 12 years and am still mourning the passing of the last best progressive Congressman Oklahoma ever had--Mike Synar. He was robbed of his seat before he passed by the likes of Imhofe and his repug buddies; so I will be donating to Rice's campaign and keeping an eye on this race. Seeing that nut Imhofe get the boot is worth at least a couple of hundred bucks!

  •  Andrew Rice and Scott Kleeb in the Senate ... (2+ / 0-)
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    Now that would make C-SPAN easy on the eyes.  And as we all know, Democrats are hotter!

  •  Inhofe is anti-Indian (3+ / 0-)
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    Indian people are Oklahoma's largest minority at about 8-9%. James Inhofe has a Custer complex which makes him oppose anything Indian whether it be our environmental regulations or funding for the Indian Health Service. In my opinion the Democrats are missing a great chance if they don't make an effort to organize the native vote in Oklahoma. In South Dakota where I live the native vote (also about 9%) has become the difference between having democrat or republican senators. It could do the same in Oklahoma.

  •  We got rid of Pombo, now it's Inhofe's turn. (2+ / 0-)
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    Thanks for the reminder, I'll be donating when I get home!

    "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." -- Gandhi

    by akasha on Fri Jun 20, 2008 at 10:37:01 AM PDT

  •  Yada (5+ / 0-)

    Rice has a nice campaign website. Apparently a one week radio ad in Oklahoma is only $500. That's dirt cheap. The national party alone could keep him on every radio station in OK throughout the election. We need this seat, OK has too many democrats not to send one to the US Senate.

    PS Anyone else think his wife is smoking hot meeow

  •  I want to DESTROY Inhofe!!!!!!!! (6+ / 0-)

    I've been waiting for a challenger like this for years!

    I have been putting up with James "global warming is a hoax" Inhofe for too damn long! He is the most powerful Republican on the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public works for petes sake!  Until we took back the Senate he was the CHAIRMAN.  He's spent his whole career single-handedly killing one good environmental bill after another.  The man has been poking a stick in the eyes of environmentalists for years and I am sick of it.

    If we do not take him out now, we will be stuck with him for another 6 years.  The environmentalist movement rallied together to defeat Richard Pombo in 2006, we can do this!

    Inhofe must go!  I'm so glad that someone final has the balls to run a genuine campaign against him.

  •  Targeting cheap media markets (4+ / 0-)

    I would LOVE to see a front page story/diary focus on any and all cheap media market races.  For example, our race in Washington's 4th can be competitively run at less than a third of most congressional races.  We're pushing hard, and a little netroots love would go a long way.

  •  Rice in 2008! (2+ / 0-)
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    RJDixon74135, Tybalt

    I have heard Andrew speak in person a couple of times.  He is very bright, listens well, is can-do, and is someone who tries to work with all.  He truly believes he has a chance to win.  Won't be easy - OKiehoma is very red, but there are a lots of people who do not like Inhofe in Oklahoma - he is just plain not a nice person.  And there are some wedges - poorish rural people have been hit very hard by the cost of fuel - to drive the equipment, to drive to town.  There are large military bases here and Inhofe has continually not supported the troops.

    One of the keys for Andrew is getting outside money from red to blue groups, and environmental groups - if he gets it he has a chance.
    He has a chance anyway given Inhofe's poor numbers against a candidate that most here still do not know - Oklahoma still has congressional primaries ahead - so the race has hardly begun.  
    Inhofe is clearly scared - he is running ads, has a fairly good website, and sends lots of emails to those of us who like to keep up with what the enemy is up to.  He would have you believe he is "green", that Pelosi is responsible for the price of gasoline, is pro - veteran....well you get the idea.
    For those worried about Rice's politics - if it had been my choice I would have wanted someone more conservative, a blue dog even - not that that is my style (Go Rice!) but just because it is so important that Inhofe be fired and this state is so red.

    Please keep the noise up about Andre Rice here.

  •  Have heard Andrew Rice speak (4+ / 0-)
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    kkjohnson, Lurky Lu, Tybalt, BrokenGlass

    He is articulate, personable, reasonable, and conscientious. He does his homework, and he communicates with both sides of the aisle. He is studying the health care system and will be a great addition to the U.S. Senate for his expertise there. It also helps that his wife Apple is a physician.

    Support Andrew Rice for US Senate: link vs. Jim "global warming is a hoax" Inhofe

    by tsunami on Fri Jun 20, 2008 at 11:07:13 AM PDT

  •  Thank you! (0+ / 0-)

    Thanks for giving us Okies a great big helping hand throwing Inhofe out of office.  Andrew Rice is a great candidate and he needs all the help he can get.

    Visit Sinister, the home of a left-handed left-wing Okie Jew.

    by ethanthej on Fri Jun 20, 2008 at 11:54:10 AM PDT

  •  Inhofe/running "Hardhead" theme in Ok (3+ / 0-)
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    kkjohnson, londubh, Kiamichi

    Thanks Brownsox for the update for a good democrat.
    Currently, Inhofe is running political ads on the Ok tv professing that he is a "hardhead" and is proud of being inflexible,so much for the biblical tome against the stiff necked people syndrome. So don't expect and changes from an old time politco in the same generation of the Newt Gingrigh style of take no enemies.
    Please note that a recent PBS show about local OK, stated that OIL is a major factor in OK economics,making up 20% of the tax revenue,not that oil is bad but the current wasteful use and lack on innovation held hostage by special interest is criminal. Like 10 million trades on oil with not a drop being created.
    So be kind to some of the views that The Honorable Mr Rice must support to get the votes from Ok - ok?

  •  To those who would say this is a "lost (3+ / 0-)
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    londubh, Kiamichi, oklib77

    cause", I would say: we can make this the Republicans worst nightmare. Having to fight nationally to keep Inhofe in Oklahoma??!! It suggests an unravelling of the Republican movement of Katrina-ian proportions. Let's make it happen!

  •  Hmmm. (0+ / 0-)

    On the one hand, I hate James Inhofe and everything he stands for.  On the other hand, my Rep, Carol Shea-Porter, is facing a tough GE challenge from the dipshit she beat two years ago and who will probably make an issue of her "nay" vote today.  Decisions, decisions.

    ...oh fuck it, I'll donate $50 to both once my paycheck is processed.

    My Prius runs on lattes and wears birkenstocks.

    by Choom Gang Vets for Truth on Fri Jun 20, 2008 at 02:33:29 PM PDT

  •  Good for the Rice campaign (0+ / 0-)

    I do hope that Kos and others will consider championing Jeff Merkley, who is easily one of the most progressive candidates running for Congress. He was against the war from the start, for UHC and will vote for a single payer bill, totally against immunity for telecom etc.

    Merkley is someone we can depend on. We also need the help considering Smith is outspending us like crazy. We just need to compete. If we can compete we can send a strong-willed progressive to the Senate.

    Netroots Director for Oregon Senate Candidate Jeff Merkley

    by sarahlane on Fri Jun 20, 2008 at 02:55:09 PM PDT

  •  i understand (1+ / 0-)
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    w/ the fisa tragedy happening today that us kossacks would be skeptical, depressed, angry, etc, ... (& the awful iraq vote yesterday, too.)

    but as a native oklahoman, i have got to say:  we must constantly be vigilant, no matter how badly we get slapped down sometimes, to get more & better people in office & turn this tide.

    ill send some money to mr rice.  & w/ my parents moving back to tulsa in a few months, i'll get them charged up, too, to get rid of the neanderthal inhofe.

    beneath the paving stones, the beach!

    by oklib77 on Fri Jun 20, 2008 at 02:58:16 PM PDT

    •  we win Oklahoma back from the Neanderthals one (1+ / 0-)
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      step at a time. One thing we have to do is support better candidates, and Mr. Rice is certainly that.  As a progressive Okie I am excited about this race.  I do not think Rice will be a Dan Boren!

      •  nail on the head! (1+ / 0-)
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        i used to tell my parents & anyone who would care, listen, that there are 2 parties in OK:  wacko republicans (the ruling party, Inhofe, an excellent example) & moderate republicans (they call themselves democrats, Boren a great example, as well.)

        beneath the paving stones, the beach!

        by oklib77 on Fri Jun 20, 2008 at 09:10:55 PM PDT

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  •  He looks like Tom Brady. (0+ / 0-)
  •  Andrew Rice for Senate! (0+ / 0-)

    I'm an Oklahoman, and would be honored to have Andrew Rice as my senator.  Andrew is smart, articlate, and has accomplished much in his first term as a state senator from Oklahoma City.  He would truly represent the interests of Oklahomans, not corporate oil interests.

    Jim Inhofe is the biggest embarrassment ever to the state of Oklahoma.  I' sick and tired of hearing family members back in Illinois ask me "what's up with that Inhofe guy?"  C'mon, Sooners - Inhofe gives our state a bad image!

    I hope the DSCC will take another look and start kicking more money into this race.  We need Andrew Rice in the Senate.

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