A friend who’s a aviation buff sent me this. Now, just imagine the response if this was a Democrat instead of global warming denier James Inhofe. First, it would go up on Drudge. Then Limpy and the Beckster would each devote a half-hour to the “arrogance of Democrats who think the rules don’t apply to them,” every right-wing blogger in the country would run it with screaming headlines, teabaggers would send out furious emails, and then cable news would feature it, asking guests, “Do the Democrats have a problem with thinking they’re above the law?”

How could I have forgotten the main lesson of the past decade? It’s Okay If You’re A Republican!

The FAA is reviewing an Oct. 21 incident in which U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) allegedly landed on a closed runway at Port Isabel-Cameron County Airport in Port Isabel, Texas, the Tulsa World reported late last week.

Inhofe, 75, of Tulsa, has served in the U.S. Senate since 1994. He holds a commercial pilot certificate and has been flying more than 50 years.

According to news reports, Inhofe had flown to Port Isabel in his twin-engine Cessna 340—he has a beach house on nearby South Padre Island—and landed on a runway that was marked as out of service.

Accounts did not say what runway was involved. Of the airport’s four runways, only 8,001-foot-long Runway 13/31 is listed as being in fair condition; Port Isabel’s three other runways are reported to be in poor condition.

Inhofe told the Tulsa World that he saw the X’s on the runway and took care to land on a part of the runway away from where the work was taking place. An FAA spokesman who told the newspaper that the agency was reviewing the incident said he could not comment further.

2 thoughts on “IOIYAR

  1. He could have been killed landing on a closed runway.
    He’s turning into another Darwin Award candidate.
    The hubris always gets them in the end, just give this one time.
    Airplanes and old guys never mix well or for long — gravity always wins.
    (See also: Ted Stevens)

  2. If he had killed himself it would have been a worthwhile effort, but there were 3 other people in the plane who had no say in how the old coot flew the plane.

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