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- attributed to NY State Judge Gideon Tucker

Monday, May 31, 2010

Tom Coburn For President?

Stephen Moore wrote an interesting little piece captured in the Wall Street Journal's Notable & Quotable column recently.

Moore noted that Tom Coburn is up for re-election to the Senate from Oklahoma this year, and nobody- in either party- is opposing him!

Moore provided this quote attributed to Coburn about his continuing practice of medicine,

"I want to keep practicing medicine even if I don't make money at it. I'm prouder of being a doctor than a Senator."

Could you possibly imagine Wonderboy saying that about.....community organizing? Or whatever he says he did to earn a living while accomplishing basically nothing in life?

By the way, Coburn lost $11,000 last year practicing medicine in Muskogee, because he no longer charges his patients.

With no opposition whatsoever, Coburn has spent his time helping the Tea Party movement and other Republican candidates around the country. That, of course, is the sort of activity that can pay big dividends on the national scene.

Moore notes that Coburn is being mentioned as a possible GOP presidential contender for 2012. And with Coburn having completed his first Senate term, one could argue he has sufficient knowledge of Washington, without being there so long as to be an insider.

And his medical background provides a sense of intellect, knowledge and determination.

Having seen what one relatively inexperienced president is doing, it's somewhat off-putting to consider nominating and electing another relatively inexperienced politician.

Then, again, Coburn has practiced as a doctor and gotten himself elected to the Senate. These days, with the overwhelming need for a return to limited government, perhaps Coburn is sufficiently experienced for doing that.

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