A Bubbaworld Editorial
Dr. Tom Coburn
The Worst Possible Choice for US Senator From Oklahoma
Republican and former U.S. Congressman Dr. Tom Coburn is
running against 2nd District Congressman Brad Carson, a Democrat,
for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Oklahoma
Senator Don Nickles.
Dr. Coburn is in the opinion of this writer the worst possible
candidate for the office and with just a few examples, I'll
show you why.
Dr. Coburn proudly proclaims he is 'pro-life' and that
'all life is sacred'.
He also advocates the death penalty for abortionists.
As a family practice and Gyn physician Dr. Coburn admits he has
Evidently Dr. Coburn has no problem with claiming 'all life
is sacred' even while advocating the death penalty for those
that perform abortions.
While representing Oklahoma's 2nd District in Congress in
Coburn protested NBC's airing of the historically significant
movie "Schindler's List". Coburn said in airing the
movie NBC had taken television "to an all-time low, with
full-frontal nudity, violence and profanity". He also said
the broadcast should outrage parents and decent-minded
Conservative super-stars William Bennett and Jack Kemp took
Coburn to task for those remarks, with Kemp calling Coburn's
remarks "a huge mistake" and Bennett calling
them "very unfortunate and foolish".
Sen. Alfonse D'Amato, Republican Senator from New York said
"To equate the nudity of Holocaust victims in the
concentration camps with any sexual connotation is outrageous and
offensive. I'm particularly embarrassed they were made by a
member of my own party."
During a debate with opponent Brad Carson on KRMG radio in Tulsa
Coburn played the "God card", labeling the race as
simply a matter of "a battle between good and evil"
with himself portrayed as the "good" and evidently by
default casting Carson in the role of "evil".
As a firestorm of controversy developed over Coburn's
"good against evil" gambit his opponent Brad Carson was
quoted as saying:
"The battle with al-Qaida is a battle of good versus
evil. Osama bin Laden is evil, not your political opponents. This
isn't a political jihad; this is an election."
Carson also went on to state:
"As a Christian and a family man, I'm deeply
offended by being referred to as evil. I have been called a lot
of things in my political life. No one has ever referred to me as
During a town meeting in Altus, Oklahoma Coburn was tape recorded
"You have a bunch of crapheads in Oklahoma City that
have killed the vision of anybody wanting to invest in
A spokesman for Coburn says the candidate was referring to the
state legislature not to the residents of Oklahoma City. If that
is the case one can only wonder why Dr. Coburn didn't use the
term "Oklahoma legislators" rather than painting an
entire city's residents as "crapheads".
At the same town hall meeting in Altus, OK Coburn was tape
"All right, listen, I know the tribal issues. I was a
congressman where most of the Indians are in this state. The
problem is that most of them aren't Indians. The average
Cherokee quantum is 1/512. All right, most people in this room
have more Cherokee in them than the Cherokee..."
Coburn also went on to say:
"I mean this is a joke. It is one thing for us to keep
our obligations to recognize Native Americans, but it’s a
totally different thing for us to allow a primitive agreement
with the Native Americans to undermine Oklahoma’s
Chad Smith, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, in response
to Coburn's views stated:
"I’m a Republican and it is hard to understand why
Tom Coburn takes pride in dividing Oklahoma and ridiculing
people. If you disagree with him, you are evil. There’s no
discussion, no room for understanding.".
Bill Johnson, Tulsa and Washington county representative on the Cherokee Nation
Tribal Council said:
"I’ve been a Republican all my life and Tom Coburn
is an embarrassment to the Republican party. Comments like these
are why I keep seeing ‘Republicans for Carson’ signs
popping up everywhere.".
In reply to Coburn's claim that the Cherokee Nation had
given $150,000 to his opponent's campaign, Cherokee spokespersons stated that
the Cherokee Nation has not given a single dollar to Carson's
Cara Cowan, who represents Rogers County on the Cherokee Nation
Tribal Council stated:
"But the way Coburn is talking, (giving money to Carson)
doesn’t sound like such a bad idea. This is a race for more
than just a Senate seat. This is about equal treatment for all
The official Cherokee Nation response to Tom Coburn in its
entirety is available on-line at Cherokee Nation News Release .
Thanks to the Cherokee Nation web site you can also listen to
Coburn's own words at The Town Meeting In Altus
The are above are but a few examples of why Tom Coburn is the
worst choice possible to represent Oklahoma in the U.S.
There are more, many more reasons to reject Dr. Coburn and his
If the voters of Oklahoma can not understand why they should not
vote for Tom Coburn, they are going to get the type of senator
And that's the very last thing that Oklahoma needs now or in
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