Politics And Emotion
Jim Geraghty and I tweeted a bit on some remarks Senator Coburn made about San Fran Nanny Pelosi.
“Come on now. She is nice – how many of you all have met her? She’s a nice person,” Coburn said as he went on to lecture the crowd about civility.
“Just because somebody disagrees with you dodn’t (sic) mean they’re not a good person,” Coburn said. “I’ve been in the Senate for five years and I’ve taken a lot of that, because I’ve been on the small side –- both in the Republican Party and the Democrat Party.”
Myths of Fox News
“What we have to have is make sure we have a debate in this country so that you can see what’s going on and make a determination yourself,” Coburn added and then again warned the crowd against the myths perpetrated on FOX News.
You can read Jim's full remarks here. Coburn is known more for playing it straight, than playing for the crowd. While it may seem funny coming from me, someone who brings a fair amount of emotion to his blogging at times, that doesn't mean I think the best decisions made in DC are driven by emotion. They aren't. The best decisions are made by principled conservatives based on sound logic. And the more emotion one brings to their politics, the less logic has to do with it. Frankly, I'd rather have more solid, principled conservatives willing to stand their ground based on solid logic, than some who like to appear to be fire breathers, when we all know that's not the way they play the game behind the scenes.
John McCain is breathing a lot of anti-Obama agenda fire in AZ right now. Does anyone believe he's going to live up to it if he's re-elected? Personally, I don't think so. But I do believe Coburn will be there fighting the good fight for conservatism everyday. And that's what matters more to me in the end.
We hear a lot of talk about work horses and show horses on Capitol Hill, but the whole place is starting to resemble the Augean Stables. Coburn's a fundamentally decent guy, who clearly wants everyone to see the best in every member of Congress, on both sides of the aisle. But a lot of these folks have earned their public scorn.