INHOFE WASTES A TRANSATLANTIC TRIP…. In September, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) announced that he would travel to Copenhagen for the international climate change talks, for the purpose of undermining the Obama administration’s position. It’s not particularly common for American elected officials to travel abroad to sabotage the position of the United States government, but Inhofe is … what’s the word … special.

His plan was fairly straightforward — U.S. officials would assure world leaders that America is ready to act to combat global warming, and intends to pass legislation to reduce emissions. Inhofe, the Senate’s leading opponent of science, reason, and evidence, set out to explain to foreign governments that U.S. officials are not to be believed, in part because he would personally make U.S. policymaking on climate change impossible.

So, was his trip successful? Not so much.

Sen. Jim Inhofe flew across the Atlantic and — on little sleep — braved the snow, the cold and the dark to deliver his skeptical message at the international climate conference.

What he found when he got here: a few aides and a single reporter.

“I think he’s going to be a little disappointed,” one of his aides remarked.

Inhofe scheduled a brief visit to Copenhagen — arrive, spread nonsense, fly back — but his stay was poorly timed. When the right-wing Oklahoman got there, it was early morning, and no one was around. He was able to arrange zero meetings, met no foreign officials, and had no discussions with U.S. negotiators.

Eventually, Inhofe aides were able to corral some journalists into attending a hastily-arranged media availability, where the strange senator proceeded to share his belief that the United Nations came up with global warming as an elaborate hoax, and only the “Hollywood elite” believe the scientific evidence.

A reporter from Der Spiegel told the senator, “You’re ridiculous.”

Soon after, Inhofe dashed back to the airport for the nine-hour flight back to D.C., having accomplished nothing.

If he wasn’t such a dangerous clown, and the most ridiculous senator of his generation, I might even feel sorry for the guy.

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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.