Skip to comments.A Serious Man (Senator Tom Coburn)
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 theres a path out of gridlock and insolvency, this theory goes, it cant 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 doesnt leave much room for a figure like Tom Coburn, Oklahomas 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, hes remained a conservatives conservative, equally resolute in his opposition...
Last weeks tax cut deal is a case in point. In a sense, its a triumph for the political middle. If it passes, it will do so with the votes of Democratic moderates, while the presidents liberal caucus howls in protest.
But the lamenting liberals will have a point. Absent a plan to stabilize Americas 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 weeks 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.
Thats extreme language. And we need more of it.
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Based on the strange logic that eating half a shit-sandwich is really good compared to having to eat a whole one.
The NYT over the years have endorsed candidates who have brought us to this mess.
Tom Coburn is a great man.
Dr. Tom Coburn is a national treasure. He is a member of that nearly extinct species - principled politician.
I hate the words moderate or centrist. No such animals. More like fence sitters going whichever way the wind blows. Pretty dishonest to me.
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.
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.
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.
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.