INHOFE CAN’T HELP HIMSELF…. Some of you can probably make a very compelling case for Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.). Or maybe Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.). I suppose Sens. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) and Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) probably have to be in the mix. But I still believe, pound for pound, no one is a bigger embarrassment to the Senate than Oklahoma’s James Inhofe.

Putting aside the painful inanity of Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, take a look at Inhofe’s bizarre attacks against Carol Browner, poised to become the Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change (a.k.a., the “climate czar”). He accused her of being “a leader of a socialist group.” (She’s not.) He insisted that the “most prominent” scientists reject global warming. (They don’t.) He argued that we’re experiencing “global cooling.” (We’re not.) He said Browner is a member of the Center for American Progress, which is “trying for the Fairness Doctrine” and trying to “stop talk radio and talk TV from being conservative.” (The Center for American Progress actually reached the exact opposite conclusion.)

Inhofe topped it off by asking, “Where do you draw the line between an extreme liberal and a socialist?”

Remember, this isn’t just some drunk shouting at the end of a bar; he’s a United States Senator, and the man Republicans chose to be the ranking member on the Senate committee responsible for overseeing environmental policy.

Worst person in the world? Well, worst senator in the chamber, at a minimum.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.