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Okla. Sen. Coburn to retire after current session
Associated Press ^ | Jan 16, 2014 11:02 PM EST | Sean Murphy

Posted on 01/16/2014 8:09:12 PM PST by Olog-hai

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn will finish out the current congressional session and then resign from his seat nearly two years before his term is scheduled to end, he said in a statement released late Thursday. […]

Coburn, a physician from Muskogee, recently was diagnosed with a recurrence of prostate cancer, but said his decision was not about his health. …

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia; US: Oklahoma
KEYWORDS: 2014midterms; coburn; ok2014; okiefrommuskogee; prostatecancer; tedcruz; tomcoburn
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1 posted on 01/16/2014 8:09:12 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Start looking for a solid conservative replacement NOW.


2 posted on 01/16/2014 8:11:24 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: Viennacon

“Start looking for a solid conservative replacement NOW.”

Yes, before Rove swoops in to nominate another RINO.


3 posted on 01/16/2014 8:13:31 PM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: Olog-hai

I would imagine the tragic death of his son, combined with the recurrence of his prostate cancer put his priorities in a new, differ ent and sharper perspective.


4 posted on 01/16/2014 8:14:36 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: Olog-hai

The old timers from both parties appear to have become sickened by the corrupt, America-hating Congress that we have now.


5 posted on 01/16/2014 8:18:00 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Where are Holder's "po folks" getting the I.D.s to sign up for ObamaCare?)
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To: EDINVA
I would imagine the tragic death of his son

Are you referring to Senator Inhofe, whose son died Nov. 10, 2013 in a plane crash?

6 posted on 01/16/2014 8:18:52 PM PST by NautiNurse (Obama sends U.S. Marines to pick up his dog & basketballs. Benghazi? Nope.)
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To: Olog-hai

I liked the guy. A lot. Until he went wobbly on me.


7 posted on 01/16/2014 8:23:32 PM PST by FatherFig1o155 ("Most bad government results from too much government." -- Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Viennacon

Exactly. You know the RINOs are already circling.


8 posted on 01/16/2014 8:25:52 PM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: Olog-hai

Godspeed to Senator Tom Coburn as he transitions into the next chapter of his life. He has cared for his patients, delivered thousands of babies, and fought the good fight for conservatives. Time to take care of himself.


9 posted on 01/16/2014 8:27:15 PM PST by NautiNurse (Obama sends U.S. Marines to pick up his dog & basketballs. Benghazi? Nope.)
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To: NautiNurse

I am sure Trump would accept the spot if he doesn’t have to go through a primary. He wants annointed.

lol


10 posted on 01/16/2014 8:28:33 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: GeronL

I have a sneaking suspicion that Oklahomans would not take too kindly to a carpetbagger from New Yawk City.


11 posted on 01/16/2014 8:33:07 PM PST by NautiNurse (Obama sends U.S. Marines to pick up his dog & basketballs. Benghazi? Nope.)
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To: NautiNurse

:p


12 posted on 01/16/2014 8:34:57 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: FatherFig1o155

“I liked the guy. A lot. Until he went wobbly on me.”

There is nothing wrong with Tom Coburn’s conservative credentials. The problem many here on FR don’t understand is that Tom Coburn is a (balanced) conservative statesman. He is a fiscal watchdog without being a Tea Party ideologue. There is NOTHING “wobbly” about that. We need more “statesmen” in both houses of congress.

I haven’t always agreed(did not understand) with Tom’s positions...but I trust him, and know he has a good reason for them.

I get so tired of extremists here on FR belittling good “balanced conservatives” serving in congress.


13 posted on 01/16/2014 8:38:01 PM PST by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: NautiNurse

J.C. Watt comes readily to mind.


14 posted on 01/16/2014 8:38:59 PM PST by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: Viennacon

“Start looking for a solid conservative replacement NOW.”

Oklahoma has abundant “solid conservatives” both old and young.


15 posted on 01/16/2014 8:40:01 PM PST by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: Olog-hai

Who can blame Coburn? Washington is broken beyond repair. He recommended $250 BILLION in easy cuts the GOP should get behind...and instead they spend $1.1 TRILLION on a 1,500-page bill they didn’t read, while screwing vets and rewarding illegals. What’s the point of staying?


16 posted on 01/16/2014 8:41:14 PM PST by montag813
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To: Taxman

“J.C. Watt comes readily to mind.”

Julius Caesar Watts is through with politics.


17 posted on 01/16/2014 8:41:19 PM PST by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: Olog-hai

From the article: His resignation is certain to draw the interest of a deep bench of ambitious Republicans in Oklahoma. State law requires the governor to call a special election in the case of a vacancy.

Jim Bridenstine: You Okies gotta do two things ... get him in the Senate (he's another Ted Cruz) ... and find another on like him to fill the Oklahoma First Congressional seat!

You owe it to yourselves and your country!

18 posted on 01/16/2014 8:42:22 PM PST by Zakeet (If socialists understood economics, they wouldn't be socialists - Friedrich Hayek)
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To: montag813

Cutting veterans benefits, amnesty, fixing instead of repealing ObamaCare, spending like drunken Democrats, war against the TEA Party...

Can someone tell me what the point of the Republican Party is?

Besides the few conservative candidates what is the point for voting for the Republican Party?


19 posted on 01/16/2014 8:44:00 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Sola Veritas

Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Maybe you’re on the wrong website.


20 posted on 01/16/2014 8:44:13 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Sola Veritas

“balanced conservative”

what in the world is that?


21 posted on 01/16/2014 8:44:55 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: NautiNurse

Yes,yes,yes! Sorry, a senior moment.


22 posted on 01/16/2014 8:50:53 PM PST by EDINVA ( m)
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To: Sola Veritas

Thank you for saying that. A lot of us feel the same way.


23 posted on 01/16/2014 8:51:14 PM PST by Jedidah
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To: Taxman
JC Watts is a blast from the past. Somewhere in my files I have a photo with him at CPAC. IIRC, he considered a run for Governor a few years ago.

How are you doing, Taxman? ltns!

24 posted on 01/16/2014 8:51:56 PM PST by NautiNurse (Obama sends U.S. Marines to pick up his dog & basketballs. Benghazi? Nope.)
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To: NautiNurse

Doing just fine, TYVM.

You have FReepMail.


25 posted on 01/16/2014 9:05:13 PM PST by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: GeronL
"“balanced conservative” what in the world is that?"

A conservative that knows how to get elected and accomplish all that can be accomplished under the circumstances. Ronald Reagan comes to mind.

Too many of the Kamikaze Conservatives on this forum only know how to rant and rave, have their sacred litmus tests, and don't understand that compromise is the winning art of politics. They would rather be "right" and inflexible and say home rather than vote for a less than perfect Republican. They are the sort that helped elect Obama.

Barry Goldwater certainly sounded good, but what did he accomplish. Name just one thing.

26 posted on 01/16/2014 9:11:13 PM PST by Buffalo Head (Illigitimi non carborundum)
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To: Olog-hai

The GOP is the first line of defense for the Commie ‘Rats.


27 posted on 01/16/2014 9:11:25 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: Buffalo Head

Goldwater wasn’t a conservative.

So tell us what the RINOs have achieved of late, except push the country further left?


28 posted on 01/16/2014 9:12:56 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Buffalo Head

About as much as Paul Ryan has accomplished. Zip nada. The lesser of evils begats more evil. No sale.


29 posted on 01/16/2014 9:13:32 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: Sola Veritas

“Balanced conservative” now?

Run that by the Founding Fathers and see what we get. They will probably quote James 1:8 in response.


30 posted on 01/16/2014 9:14:45 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

You can’t fix stupid.


31 posted on 01/16/2014 9:15:00 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: NautiNurse

I used to see J.C. Watt and Steve Largent walking/talking together in the tunnels between the House side of the Hill and the Capitol Building in the few short years they were in Congress. They were elected in the ‘94 Republican sweep of the House, and, IMHO, were fine Representatives of We the People.

IIRC, both were pushed out by the GOPe Old Bulls after a couple of terms. Again, IIRC, they were TEA Partiers before there was a TEA Party!

GOPe Old Bulls couldn’t have that you know, so out they went.


32 posted on 01/16/2014 9:15:04 PM PST by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: Jedidah; Sola Veritas
balanced conservatives...a lot of us feel the same way

Who are the other 'balanced conservatives' that the 'lot' of you Freepers are so proud of?

Paul Ryan? Jeb Bush? McCain? McConnell? Collins? Do tell, show us the error of our ways.

33 posted on 01/16/2014 9:22:28 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: headstamp 2
Trust me, Rove or the GOPe already has selected/anointed Coburn's replacement.

That's how it's done.

34 posted on 01/16/2014 9:25:20 PM PST by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: HANG THE EXPENSE

Maybe you’re on the wrong website.


BS. Maybe you’re drunk.


35 posted on 01/16/2014 9:27:17 PM PST by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: Sola Veritas

Well said. You are correct.


36 posted on 01/16/2014 9:27:47 PM PST by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: zerosix

I would think Coburn’s chosen his own replacement.. if that’s possible with his election laws.


37 posted on 01/16/2014 9:30:50 PM PST by txhurl
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To: Buffalo Head

In other words, they help pass leftist legislation


38 posted on 01/16/2014 9:40:03 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Buffalo Head

In America we practice representative government. Dynasties and ruling class elites don’t do that. I believe the approval rating of Congress is still in the single digits.


39 posted on 01/16/2014 9:43:04 PM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: HANG THE EXPENSE
Maybe you’re on the wrong website.

Some FReepers are already getting their daily email from Karl and Jeb, and I wouldn't doubt that some make a profit from the rot in DC.

40 posted on 01/16/2014 9:45:46 PM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Buffalo Head

Too many of the Kamikaze Conservatives on this forum only know how to rant and rave, have their sacred litmus tests, and don’t understand that compromise is the winning art of politics. They would rather be “right” and inflexible and say home rather than vote for a less than perfect Republican.

They are the sort that helped elect Obama.


BINGO!


41 posted on 01/16/2014 9:50:52 PM PST by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: Moonman62

You hit it straight on the nailhead.


42 posted on 01/16/2014 9:51:16 PM PST by antceecee (Bless us Lord, forgive us our sins and bring us to everlasting life.)
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To: AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj

It’s official, Coburn is resigning but not anytime soon.

OK law allows the special election to take place before the resignation will go into effect, correct? Just like in 1994


43 posted on 01/16/2014 11:37:44 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: EDINVA

Coburn, an ob-gyn, came to Washington with good motives like fiscal responsibility and protecting the sanctity of life, but times have changed.

I was disappointed when he disagreed with Ted Cruz’s stand several months ago, saying we needed to make the mandatory health insurance marketplace more “market friendly” (Romneycare).

I wish him well perhaps he just doesn’t want to be around when budget deals will get worse than the Murray-Ryan one last month because the creditors of the United States will demand it.

Cuts for programs all over the place and new taxes on everyone and everything......


44 posted on 01/17/2014 1:21:17 AM PST by Nextrush (AFFORDABLE CARE ACT=HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY BAILOUT ACT)
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To: Sola Veritas

Balanced Conservative is code for “Liberal”

When Coburn supported Amnesty Liberal John McCain early in 2008 primary season, I knew Coburn was a bought and paid for mule

Conservatives want leaders and leadership...not someone who works with Liberals like Coburn did these past few yrs


45 posted on 01/17/2014 2:18:04 AM PST by SeminoleCounty (Amnesty And Not Ending ObamaCare Will Kill GOP In 2014)
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To: Buffalo Head

> “Barry Goldwater certainly sounded good, but what did he accomplish. Name just one thing.”

He set the stage for a fellow conservative named Ronald Wilson Reagan.


46 posted on 01/17/2014 2:18:47 AM PST by Hostage (ARTICLE V)
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To: Buffalo Head

Did Reagan compromise with the Air Traffic Controllers union or Soviet Union? Reagan did not like RINOs and would frequently rail against GOP mainstream.

Don’t use Reagan to defend Coburn and RINOs.


47 posted on 01/17/2014 2:52:51 AM PST by Justa
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Coburn is a semi-RINO. At least he is calling for a convention of the States which is a good thing.


48 posted on 01/17/2014 2:59:48 AM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office. Ted Cruz/Phil Robertson in 2016.)
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To: Zakeet

Only if he recommends his replacement first.

He is the best rep I have ever had. And I’m old, so I’ve had a lot of reps.


49 posted on 01/17/2014 3:25:22 AM PST by savedbygrace (But God!)
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To: Moonman62

No doubt.


50 posted on 01/17/2014 4:37:11 AM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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