Alec Baldwin Says Sen. James Inhofe is an "Oil Whore", Should "Retire to a Solar-Powered Gay Bar"

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At long last, a story of the omnipresent 'Celebrity Says Something Semi-Controversial on Twitter' variety graces the green world.

In this case, it's Alec Baldwin, who plays a wealthy, government-bashing, corporation-loving Republican hardliner on TV, tweeting some nasty words about Sen. James Inhofe, who plays one in real life.

Evidently, Baldwin was watching Inhofe on the Rachel Maddow show, where he was defending his conspiratorial ideas about climate change while taking enormous amounts of campaign cash from oil companies. Baldwin let loose a string of tweets aimed at the oily Oklahoma senator, beginning with this one: "Is there a bigger Oil Whore alive than James Inhofe?"

Then: [compiled by Get Energy Smart Now!]

  • Is there a bigger climate change denier than Jim Inhofe? (Retweeted response to first tweet.)

  • We have to get rid of Inhofe in 2014 … he’ll be 79

  • We need to have Inhofe retire to a solar-powered gay bar. (this one was tweeted to actor Mathew Modine)

  • Oil Whore Jim Inhofe has betrayed every man and woman who lost their livelihood on the Gulf due to BP’s overwhelming negligence…

Baldwin isn't the only one to compare Inhofe to a petroleum prostitute in recent days; Robert Kennedy Jr. tweeted "Speaking of prostitutes, big oil’s top call girl Sen Inhofe wants to kill fuel economy backed by automakers, small biz, enviros, & consumers".

The Inhofe camp hit back with the 'moral high ground' approach, taking umbrage at the misbehavior of that mean old Hollywood liberal elite. They released the following statement to reporters today:

"These kind of outrageous statements made recently on Twitter by Robert Kennedy Jr. and Alec Baldwin stand in stark contrast to the civil debate Sen. Inhofe had with Rachel Maddow last week. In truth, the far left and Hollywood elites have lost on their pet cause of global warming. The only way to get attention these days is to make outlandish and irresponsible comments on Twitter."
Fallout thus far has been predictable. The 'whore' terminology ushered in a comparison or two to the flareup over Limbaugh's infinitely more offensive comments, but for the most part the debacle has ignited little more than partisan mudslinging.

In the end, the net impact on politics will be negligible—perhaps a few Alec Baldwin fans will discover that Inhofe takes more oil money than any other senator and that he is a vehement climate change denier, and perhaps a few conservatives will discover that they do not like Alec Baldwin.

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