More on Senator Tom “Dr. No” Coburn

Politico offers this report:

The Senate Ethics Committee has told Republican Sen. Tom Coburn that he’ll be engaged in a “serious violation of Senate rules” if he continues delivering babies back home in Oklahoma.

Coburn’s response: So what?

“On my own time, I’m taking care of women who have a need, and I’m going to continue to deliver babies,” Coburn, an obstetrician, told Politico. “I’m not going to stop.”

Coburn would not say specifically whether he has actually delivered a baby since the June 22 deadline set by the Ethics Committee, but he made it clear that he could deliver one any day now — and thereby force the Ethics Committee to put up or shut up.

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Coburn, known for tying up the Senate in procedural knots, thinks he has the upper hand.

If the Ethics Committee actually gets to the point where it calls for a public reprimand, Coburn can appeal to the full Senate for a vote, and he’s betting that he’d win a vote if 100 senators were asked whether he should be allowed to deliver babies for free — especially since most of his patients are “at risk,” meaning they could be drug users, uninsured or poor patients, or women with high-risk pregnancies.

Say what one will about his tactical tying up of Senate procedures, to suggest that delivering babies, gratis, for at-risk women is in violation of ethics suggests to me that something is intrinsically wrong with how the Senate defines ethics. Keep those babies coming, Senator.

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One Response

  1. It makes one wonder what the Senate would try to do to a Senator who was really ethically challenge. Oh wait, we know that already. Usually it is nothing.

    As an Oklahoman, I am proud to have Tom Coburn as one of our Senators. He is doing exactly what we elected him to do. Kudos to him.

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