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A Serious Man (Senator Tom Coburn)
NY Times ^ | December 12, 2010 | ROSS DOUTHAT

Posted on 12/13/2010 9:25:57 PM PST by neverdem

There is a conceit, especially popular among the press corps, that the salvation of America depends exclusively on self-described moderates and centrists. If there’s a path out of gridlock and insolvency, this theory goes, it can’t be charted by consistent conservatives or liberals. Instead, the nation needs the leadership of ideologically flexible, politically ambidextrous mavericks: Democrats like Evan Bayh, perhaps, and Republicans like Susan Collins, with President Michael Bloomberg waiting to sign whatever compromises they devise.

This vision doesn’t leave much room for a figure like Tom Coburn, Oklahoma’s junior Republican senator. Coburn came to Washington as a congressman in 1994, and distinguished himself by remaining incorruptibly right-wing while many Republican revolutionaries accustomed themselves to the perks of governing. Since his 2004 election to the Senate, he’s remained a conservative’s conservative, equally resolute in his opposition...

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Last week’s tax cut deal is a case in point. In a sense, it’s a triumph for the political middle. If it passes, it will do so with the votes of Democratic moderates, while the president’s liberal caucus howls in protest.

But the lamenting liberals will have a point. Absent a plan to stabilize America’s debt, the deal is a remarkable exercise in “moderate” irresponsibility. In essence, President Obama acceded to the Republicans’ desire to extend the current deficit-financed tax rates ... in exchange for hundreds of billions more in deficit-financed spending and tax cuts. Everyone won — except the U.S. Treasury.

Or as Coburn put it last Thursday on the Senate floor, criticizing his colleagues for celebrating the tax cut deal, last week’s bargain could easily become another example of how “both parties have laid a trap for future generations by our inaction, our laziness, our arrogance, and a crass desire for power.”

That’s extreme language. And we need more of it.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: coburn; tomcoburn

1 posted on 12/13/2010 9:26:00 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem
Instead, the nation needs the leadership of ideologically flexible, politically ambidextrous mavericks...like Susan Collins,

Based on the strange logic that eating half a shit-sandwich is really good compared to having to eat a whole one.

2 posted on 12/13/2010 9:44:56 PM PST by PGR88
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To: neverdem

The NYT over the years have endorsed candidates who have brought us to this mess.


3 posted on 12/13/2010 9:55:34 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: neverdem

Tom Coburn is a great man.


4 posted on 12/13/2010 10:38:24 PM PST by David (...)
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To: neverdem
I think Coburn is Presidential material.
5 posted on 12/13/2010 10:54:51 PM PST by Tex-Con-Man
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To: neverdem

Dr. Tom Coburn is a national treasure. He is a member of that nearly extinct species - principled politician.


6 posted on 12/13/2010 11:16:38 PM PST by Maynerd (democrats believe that illegal immigrants are merely "undocumented democrats")
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To: neverdem

I hate the words moderate or centrist. No such animals. More like fence sitters going whichever way the wind blows. Pretty dishonest to me.


7 posted on 12/13/2010 11:45:03 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Tex-Con-Man
I think Coburn is Presidential material.

Me too, but Palin and Pence could also help to split the conservative vote in the primaries giving us another RINO like McCain as the winner. I'm partial to Palin, but Coburn and Pence are close behind in that order.

8 posted on 12/14/2010 12:15:40 AM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem

I don’t trust anything Douthat writes, after his hack job on Sarah Palin in the National Review. Anybody the Lefties let write at The Daily Beast (wow, how appropriate: essentially, Devil Daily) should be suspect.


9 posted on 12/14/2010 5:14:54 AM PST by backwoods-engineer (Onward to the battle royal!)
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To: neverdem

We need a Conservative Primary. Sadly FoxNews and NBC are butting in. FoxNews is playing favorites and the REagan Ranch sold out to NBC for the debates.


10 posted on 12/14/2010 10:20:06 AM PST by rmlew (You want change? Vote for the most conservative electable in your state or district.)
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To: Tex-Con-Man

Senator Dr. Tom Coubrn, MD, has done absolutely nothing to suggest any Presidential capacity. He’s a legislator, and only once in the entire history of this country has a Senator (sitting or former) defeated a major-party opponent other than another Senator (or ex-Senator) for the Presidency: Benjamin Harrison over Grover Cleveland in 1888.

He’d be better as Majority Leader than as President, but I’d settle for a chairmanship of a powerful committee, perhaps the budget committee.


11 posted on 12/14/2010 7:39:10 PM PST by dufekin (Name our lead enemy: Islamic Republic of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Islamofascist terrorist dictator)
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