11/11/2010 05:27 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Sen. James Inhofe Blames Earmark Negativity On Liberal 'Brainwashing' (VIDEO)

Over in the Senate, intra-party tensions are all a-brew over how the GOP is going to deal with earmarks. Senator Jim DeMint would like to see them gone. But Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is a big fan of the earmarks. And his incoming Kentucky colleague Rand Paul seems to be shifting from one stance to the other, depending on what way the wind happens to be blowing that day. The whole mess has left Senator Jim Inhofe full of regret over the way liberals "brainwashed" everyone into thinking that earmarks are bad.

Wait. What?

INHOFE: The problem is the public has been brainwashed into thinking -- and a lot of these are the very liberal, uh, members of Congress -- into thinking that earmarks are somehow all bad. Well, if you quit saying "earmark" and say "appropriations" then I'll buy it.

Uhm...that's not how I remember things! Steve Benen, am I crazy or something?

Let's back up a bit. Earmarks really weren't a major part of the discourse until John McCain's (R) presidential campaign in 2008. Barack Obama, at the time, thought this was all exaggerated.

Yeah, that's my recollection as well. Still, it makes you wonder: is George Soros secretly bankrolling John McCain's Twitter account? I AM JUST RAISING THE TOUGH QUESTIONS.

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