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President Coburn?
THE AMERICAN THINKER ^ | August 12, 2010 | By Bruce Walker

Posted on 08/12/2010 12:57:31 AM PDT by onyx

Conservatives, above all else, do not want to elect as president in 2012 some politician who tells them what they want to hear to win office and then morphs into a big-government moderate after he takes the oath of office. The list of Republicans who could fill that requirement seems not too long: Sarah Palin, Mitch Daniels, Michelle Bachmann, Bobby Jindal, and John Thune...did I leave anyone out? 

There are Republican candidates like Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney who tilt conservative but whose presidency could easily move toward "moderation." Newt Gingrich pops up as a savvy policy wonk with a conservative pedigree but a commitment to making government "work" (whatever that means). Doubtless more of these less-than-perfect conservatives will be touted by the establishment leftist print as the 2012 nomination season nears. 

One name seems not to be on anyone's list, though he could be a conservative candidate of unquestioned commitment to our values: Tom Coburn. Consider those virtues which are vitally important to a Republican revolution. Our next president must be able to ignore completely the blandishments and bribes of Washington insiders; he must recognize that our federal capital bewitches and hypnotizes most politicians. Our next president must be a man of his own, who is not owned by any party leaders or by any cliques.

Our next president must be very difficult for the establishment leftist media to portray as an ogre (yes, the left will always try, but sometimes -- as with Reagan -- the character and the personality of the man are so palpably decent that no thrown slime sticks and no sickening slanders gain power). Our next president must be a good person, in every sense of the word. He or she must also be intelligent. He or she must grasp the nuances of public policy debate and must be able to press home rhetorical attacks on issues like health care. 

Out of all the Republicans on any list of future candidates who meet these criteria, Tom Coburn should be at the top. Like many possible nominees, Coburn has an almost perfect rating from the American Conservative Union: His lifetime voting record in the Senate is the third-most conservative and his voting record in the current Congress is perfect. Still, Coburn is widely viewed as a maverick (in the best sense of the word) and someone who makes up his own mind.

Coburn's concern about the corrupting influence of Washington -- a concern that is truly the heart of the Tea Party movement and the highly energized conservative base today -- was expressed in a book that Coburn wrote seven years ago, while Republicans still controlled the White House and both Houses of Congress. The title of the book says it all: Breach of Trust -- How Washington Turns Outsiders into Insiders. Isn't that, really, our principal concern? Well, Coburn took up our banner for that cause while Republicans still held all the power in Washington. Coburn, when he was elected in 1994 to the House, took the three-term pledge and honored it, even though his Third Congressional District was called "Little Dixie" and had been gerrymandered to elect Democrats. Coburn was willing to risk his party losing a House seat to keep his word.

Tom Coburn is a doctor whose life before Congress was devoted to healing people and, particularly, towards bringing healthy babies into the world. No one in Congress (and few people in America) is as well-equipped by training and experience to explain the pro-Life position to America. No one in Congress is better-equipped by training and experience to explain the health care system in America. 

Coburn also refuses to personally attack leftist Democrats. Obama has publicly described Coburn as a friend. Coburn has called Nancy Pelosi "a nice lady." Most of us do not feel that way about the two principal political bosses of Washington leftism. But it is a big mistake to think that Coburn's comments somehow compromise his politics. Reagan, as I remember him, attacked the politics of leftists fiercely but never attacked individuals personally. I do not share Coburn's sentiments...at all. But I do see how Coburn has made himself almost impossible for leftist politicians to attack on a personal level.

Which means...what? It means that in the 2012 election, if Coburn is our nominee, the great policy issues which the Obama presidency has pushed will be the centerpiece of the campaign. Those policies are wildly unpopular with Americans, and polls show that despite rapidly decreasing support for his policies, Barack Obama himself remains liked by most Americans. It is a waste of time for us to try to attack the strength of our political enemy, Obama's perversely persistent popularity, and it is a wise strategy to exploit our enemies' weaknesses, the wide perception that Obaman policies are a grand failure and the disgust that Americans feel about the corruption of all politicians in Washington (70% of Americans believe that members of Congress are for sale, much more than a year ago). 

Tom Coburn is not a career politician, and he can prove it by his actions. He is not the puppet of party leaders. He is well-equipped to engage our enemies on policy issues, and he can effectively compel them to fight on only the issues. So why would he not be a candidate who would unify the conservative base and win a landslide? 

Bruce Walker is the author of a new book: Poor Lenin's Almanac: Perverse Leftists Proverbs for Modern Life.



TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: coburn; senatorokla; tomcoburn
Is the good doctor/senator from the great state of Oklahoma the R/x for our nation in 2012?

FWIW, he's always been on my back-up list, on the chance Sarah Palin doesn't run.

1 posted on 08/12/2010 12:57:35 AM PDT by onyx
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To: onyx

There are probably a lot of names on the “OK” list. Ideally what is wanted is somebody who is going to get a realistic picture of what the overall population wants, and then carry that out as far as the Constitution and good morals will allow.

For any politician who’s been heavily involved in the legislature, there are doubtless going to be a spate of gotchas in that person’s history, where a compromise was made on this bill or that. If the GOP goes down that road, then there is a danger that the perfect will become the enemy of the good.


2 posted on 08/12/2010 1:05:27 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: onyx
The list of Republicans who could fill that requirement seems not too long: Sarah Palin, Mitch Daniels, Michelle Bachmann, Bobby Jindal, and John Thune...did I leave anyone out?

Mitch Daniels?! Again? What is this, the RiNO Judas-goat-of-the-month club?

I'd feel a whole lot better about Tom Coburn if this guy hadn't tossed his name out as part of the continuing RiNO game of "Keep Away -- from Sarah/Michelle/Real Conservatives".

3 posted on 08/12/2010 1:12:19 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: HiTech RedNeck
For any politician who’s been heavily involved in the legislature, there are doubtless going to be a spate of gotchas in that person’s history, where a compromise was made on this bill or that. If the GOP goes down that road, then there is a danger that the perfect will become the enemy of the good.

Right. Even governors have a paper trail, and that's politics.

I prefer our next president have NO ROOTS in Washington, D.C. -- none --- zero.

Strict loyalty to our Consitution and to hell with the rest of the progressive garbage. There's a whole lot of legislation that must be repealed and a lots of unconstitutional departments and agencies that must be dismantled.

4 posted on 08/12/2010 1:23:40 AM PDT by onyx (Sarah/Michele 2012)
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To: onyx

Romney and Huckabee are Rinos. Romney gave MA it’s healthcare and Huckabee let a murderer go.


5 posted on 08/12/2010 1:25:20 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: lentulusgracchus
I'd feel a whole lot better about Tom Coburn if this guy hadn't tossed his name out as part of the continuing RiNO game of "Keep Away -- from Sarah/Michelle/Real Conservatives".

What you said, bump! (I hadn't thought of "that" angle).

I have to add, that I don't actually know much of anything about Mitch Daniels. I watched his on Fox News Sunday, and he seemed like he wasn't interesting in running.

6 posted on 08/12/2010 1:30:12 AM PDT by onyx (Sarah/Michele 2012)
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To: onyx

Governors tend to make more competent presidents, anyhow. Even at the level of someone like Carter — Carter in the rear view mirror of history appears to have been several times more competent than Obama is now. Carter’s main problem was his ideology, not his experience. Both issues combine in Obama’s folly.


7 posted on 08/12/2010 1:31:30 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: freekitty
Romney and Huckabee are Rinos. Romney gave MA it’s healthcare and Huckabee let a murderer go.

I'd use harsher words for both,...lol, but you got your point across to me, and I concur. Both are non-starters and I think both plan to run. UGH.

8 posted on 08/12/2010 1:33:03 AM PDT by onyx (Sarah/Michele 2012)
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To: onyx
He or she must also be intelligent. He or she must grasp the nuances

He must understand economics. I wish there were enough understanding of the problem that one of the major Tea Party demands could be that a candidate have read Adăm Smith or Von Mises or at least Henry Hazlitt and demonstrate some understanding of what he has read. That is what made Reagan able to put all those qualities cited to use.He understood real basic economics.

9 posted on 08/12/2010 1:36:38 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Right. Governors are executives. They have to make decisions.

Recall the Marxist was used to voting “present”?

It kills me to say anything even neutral about Carter, but Obama is the worst of all.


10 posted on 08/12/2010 1:36:43 AM PDT by onyx (Sarah/Michele 2012)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Perhaps we would already be facing the reality of re-education camps and the Govrenment as sole employer and sole Parent if the Kenyan were competent with his Marxism.
11 posted on 08/12/2010 1:40:56 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: onyx

I find it somewhat bizarre that his list of Republican conservatives who “might” become moderates includes EVERY prominent conservative (except Coburn?) This, to me, is just a game of speculation. Perhaps Palin will become a socialist - to speak of “possibility” while ignoring “probability” is an exercise in fantasy.


12 posted on 08/12/2010 2:32:44 AM PDT by T.L.Sink
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To: onyx

Speechifiers (aka, Senators) do not make good presidents.

They should go to the bottom of any list for consideration, right after Humpty Dumpty, Bugs Bunny, and Popeye.


13 posted on 08/12/2010 4:17:42 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: arthurus
He must understand economics.

An MBA was driving the bus when we started over this cliff -- he was the one who signed the first bailouts.

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We do need someone with strong executive experience over 'political' experience.
14 posted on 08/12/2010 4:29:59 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: TomGuy
MBAs are normally quite ignorant of basic economics. My daughter got her MBA at LSU and got very successful with it. She learned her economics long before she went to LSU, though, because I gave her a lot to read. MBAs learn Finance which is not the same thing and they only get a quickie survey course that is probably heavy on Keynes if it gets into theoretical econ at all. Reagan had a degree in real Economics and look where that got us! Bush II was pretty good on the executive side but is an ignoramus on Economics and gave us the lead in to Obama. Politicians are dynamic people and mostly cannot believe that it is not up to them to "make" the economy work right. Being dynamic they never read economics because it is a dull subject. If you read Hazlitt's short Economics in One Lesson all will become clear to you. Amazon has it and it is not dull.
15 posted on 08/12/2010 4:54:55 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: onyx
It kills me to say anything even neutral about Carter, but Obama is the worst of all.

I agree. I think Carter was grossly incompetent and simply not up to the job, whereas 0bama seethes with evil intent to cause irreparable harm to the country.

16 posted on 08/12/2010 6:03:42 AM PDT by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: onyx
Coburn has the right politics. He'd be outstanding if he were able to get the office with a conservative Congress.

Of course, he DID endorse John McCain, which would cause some here on Free Republic to soil themselves in anger.

17 posted on 08/12/2010 6:31:48 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: onyx
Mitch Daniels basic info - Born: April 7, 1949, in Monongahela, Pa.
Family: Married to Cheri Lynn Herman Daniels; four daughters: Meagan, Melissa, Meredith and Margaret.
Education: North Central High School, Indianapolis; president of the student body, 1967; National Merit Scholar, 1967; Presidential Scholar, 1967; Princeton University, 1967-71; Indiana University School of Law, 1975-76; Georgetown University Law Center, 1979.
Career: 1971-75: aide to then-Indianapolis Mayor Richard Lugar;
1977-82: administrative assistant to Sen. Richard Lugar;
1983-84: executive director, National Republican Senatorial Committee;
1985-87: President Reagan's chief political adviser and liaison to state and local officials;
1987-90: executive vice president and chief operating officer for the Hudson Institute, and a partner in the law firm of Baker & Daniels;
1990-93: vice president of corporate affairs, Eli Lilly and Co;
1993-97: president of Lilly's North American pharmaceutical operations;
1997-2000: senior vice president of corporate strategy and policy at Lilly;
Dec. 22, 2000: nominated by George W. Bush as director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Jan. 23, 2001: confirmed by the Senate.
May 6, 2003: announces he will step down and return to Indiana.

IMHO -
He is unassuming, and his wife was not 100% on board the run for governor. He doesn't seem to be afraid of work. He's seems like a behind the scene guy who gets things done. He's a patriot, his participation in Soldier/Hero funerals is genuine and heartfelt. I've witnessed that myself. But I can't see him running for president. He's mushy on social issues.

18 posted on 08/12/2010 6:42:45 AM PDT by grame (May you know more of the love of God Almighty this day!)
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To: TomGuy
Speechifiers (aka, Senators) do not make good presidents.

Yes, I agree with you. Governors are executives.

I'm repeating myself, but I prefer our next president have NO ROOTS in Washington, D.C. -- none --- zero.

Strict loyalty to our Constitution and the guts or (cojones) to direct congress to repeal and dismantle unconstitutional legislation, departments and agencies.

That said, the good doctor/senator remains on my short list because nobody has declared and it's still all a guessing game.

19 posted on 08/12/2010 2:42:37 PM PDT by onyx (Sarah/Michele 2012)
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To: SoFloFreeper

LOL. Bump.


20 posted on 08/12/2010 2:44:05 PM PDT by onyx (Sarah/Michele 2012)
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To: grame
IMHO -
He is unassuming, and his wife was not 100% on board the run for governor. He doesn't seem to be afraid of work. He's seems like a behind the scene guy who gets things done. He's a patriot, his participation in Soldier/Hero funerals is genuine and heartfelt. I've witnessed that myself. But I can't see him running for president. He's mushy on social issues.

Thank you for the good information on Mitch Daniels, and by posting his resume, I think you've answered what's been nagging at me since I watched him on Fox News Sunday! (Lugar's influence!) Are they still in close contact?

I've been worried about Governor Daniels' 'social issues' but I'm always willing to allow the man to articluate for himself, and time ran out of FNS.

He didn't seem interested in running from what he said on FNS, so I find it interesting that you don't think he will run either. Again, thank you for the good information. He did seem like an honest, sincere and good man to me. I liked him and his rather sweet face reminded me of Ike.

21 posted on 08/12/2010 2:55:37 PM PDT by onyx (Sarah/Michele 2012)
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To: onyx
Fiscally he is very sound, but on the social issues he often seems squeamish. But your connection to Lugar is a good one. I heard that Lugar raises more pac money from dems in Washington than most. I'm not even sure when he was in Indiana last. He's dyed in the wool Washington as far as I'm concerned.
22 posted on 08/12/2010 4:15:38 PM PDT by grame (May you know more of the love of God Almighty this day!)
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To: grame

Oh, dear, I’m sure what you heard is correct. Lugar voted for Kagan! And just the other day, there was an article here that quoted Lugar as stating that he plans to seek reelection in 2012! I sure hope Indiana can find someone to “primary” him. That person has two years to build a grassroots campaign.


23 posted on 08/12/2010 4:24:45 PM PDT by onyx (Sarah/Michele 2012)
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To: onyx
The guy lost me...when he said Huck and Mitt...were basically more conservative than his first list.

What's he smoking?

And...for the record Coburn is my Senator.

Dr. Tom...probably has no use for running for POTUS. But he would be someone I certainly could vote for.

24 posted on 08/12/2010 4:34:03 PM PDT by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: TomGuy
Tom....this bus was up and running long before the last MBA prepared POTUS.

fwiw

25 posted on 08/12/2010 4:37:58 PM PDT by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: onyx

Not too many have the courage, or the money. I thought the last time he ran was supposedly his last. Must want to hang around for the take over so he can balance out a staunch conservative. Or maybe there is someone left who hasn’t gotten a USDA subsidy yet.;}


26 posted on 08/12/2010 4:44:01 PM PDT by grame (May you know more of the love of God Almighty this day!)
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To: Osage Orange
Right - Huck and Mitt are non-starters!!

And...for the record Coburn is my Senator.
Dr. Tom...probably has no use for running for POTUS. But he would be someone I certainly could vote for.

I think you're likely right, that he's not interested, but I could certainly vote for him too!

27 posted on 08/12/2010 5:29:45 PM PDT by onyx (Sarah/Michele 2012)
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To: grame

LOL.


28 posted on 08/12/2010 5:30:40 PM PDT by onyx (Sarah/Michele 2012)
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