Tom Coburn

Tom Coburn Wants a Gay-GOP Alliance. Seriously?
October 20, 2009

In their latest attempt to turn the tide against the public plan, some Republicans have begun trying to appeal to gay Americans to join their anti-government crusade. As The Hill notes today, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn has co-authored an op-ed blasting “government-run health care” for The Advocate, the leading LGBT magazine. Together with his co-author, GOProud’s Christopher Barron, Coburn rails against the Ryan White CARE Act for forcing AIDS patients onto waiting lists to receive life-saving drugs from a government program.

Not A Defense Of Hank Paulson
August 10, 2009

I've stood up for Hank Paulson a few times these last several weeks, but this Times piece from yesterday strikes me as a real problem. As Tom Coburn would say, Paulson has some 'splainin' to do at the very least. Mr. Paulson’s schedules from 2007 and 2008 show that he spoke with Mr. Blankfein, who was his successor as Goldman’s chief, 26 times before receiving a waiver. On the morning of Sept. 16, 2008, the day the A.I.G. rescue was announced, Mr. Paulson’s calendars show that he took a call from Mr. Blankfein at 9:40 a.m. Mr.

The Essential Tom Coburn Reading List
January 16, 2008

John McCain is picking up Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn's endorsement this morning. I never paid much attention to Coburn, until about a year ago when I read this excellent profile of him in GQ. If you're looking for an excuse to read a good political profile, well, Coburn's endorsement of McCain just gave you one. --Jason Zengerle