The headline for this post is the rather plaintive quote from minority leader senator Jeffords' statement at the US Senate EPW committee hearings today. The fiction author is the egregious Crichton.
This question is a reasonable one. The answer is obvious: that Inhofe has totally lost the plot. The details however remain to be seen.
There doesn't seem to be much else available yet, but I'll update this when there is.
Note that this is the Inhofe hearings, not the Barton hearings, which seem to have been wimped out of for the moment.
[Update: there is now an RC post on this with some more detail. Wonkette and Think Progress also take the piss. Note that we need to be careful: Crichton deserves dishonour and (slightly contradictarily) contempt (I like Hobbes and his definitions). The point at issue is not C's worthless opinions, but the apparent waywardness of a (presumably) powerful US senate committee.]