Sloburn On Coburn

Is Senator Coburn guilty of Congressional Malpractice?

Greg Halvorson

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:

Dr. Coburn's priorities in the Senate include reducing wasteful spending, protecting your liberty, balancing the budget, improving health care access and affordability, protecting the sanctity of all human life – including the unborn – and representing traditional Oklahoma values.

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."  

Then it gets worse…
 
Senator, heel thyself!

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A longtime veteran of comedy and political forums, I decided that I needed a more restful venue because... well... I finally hate everybody. Except my wife that is... and my ex-wife.. and... no, that's about it. I lead about as simple a life as one can, preferring activities that include anything that doesn't involve going out and seeing YOU! And I particularly enjoy what I call "Get the Bitch" movies on Lifetime. You know the ones where the intended victim finally does something so incredibly stupid that she forfeits her right to live, and from that moment on you're rooting for the stalker. Of course, it rarely works out the way you want, but when it does, the feeling you get is... well, there's nothing else like it, other than, maybe, eating chocolate chip cookies. Oh, and I'm proudly anti-wildlife, both foreign and domestic, and anti-environment - especially foreign environments. I think Howard Stern put it best when he said, "If fifty percent of the population died tomorrow, I can live with that." And I feel the same about the other fifty percent, so together, we've pretty much got it all covered.
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