Is Senator Coburn guilty of Congressional Malpractice?
Perhaps it's the political zeitgeist these days, but statements made by Tom Coburn (R-OK) at a recent townhall are puzzling. Coburn, speaking before constituents, one of whom expressed concern over jail should she reject ObamaCare, turned into a mouthpiece of fawning progressivism.
Coburn is conservative. According to his web-site:
Seems clear. Not so clear, however, are his defense of Pelosi and his stab at Fox News. Said Coburn of the speaker:
"She's a nice lady." (Boos and hisses) "Come on, she's nice. How many of you have met her? She's a nice person. Just because somebody disagrees with you doesn't mean they're not a good person. What we have to do is make sure we have a debate in this country, so that you can see what's going on and make a determination for yourself."
He went on to bash Fox, saying, "Don't catch yourself being biased by Fox News that somebody is no good, the people in Washington are good, they just don't know what they don't know."
According to the Senator, constituents should balance Fox with CNN, because it's unhealthy to get the news from one source. He, himself, reads two newspapers, the New York Times and the Washington Post, because listening to both sides puts things in context, and knowing different views "makes you a better person."