Although I generally like Coburn, I don’t really trust him either. In fact, the only ones in the Senate I do trust are Jim DeMint and Mike Lee.
The Republican Party is finished, in my opinion. It is no more, and perhaps less, principled than the loathsome Democratic Party. The majority of the people who support it are Conservative-Libertarian, yet the people who run it are either occult Left-wingers or unprincipled cowards who quake at the thought of being criticized by the NYT and the TV networks - and I really suspect the former.
As a “for instance,” while the Republican-led Congress had become fairly rotten by 2006, who could deny that nearly everything about this country has gone haywire since the Democrats took over in 2007? Yet, has any Republican even bothered to mention that - much less make it an issue? ...another point: Tax cuts are a proven way to increase economic growth and (sadly, in most respects) raise revenue for the government. When was the last time a Republican advocated Tax CUTS!? The Republican Party has been reduced to arguing that Democrats will gut MediCare, for God’s sake!
The two over-arching issues should always be Freedom and our Monetary System. They are intertwined. But they are not even paid lip-service by the Republican Party.
2008 will eventually be remembered as 410 AD, the beginning of a new Dark Age.