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The word "sane" is not one I ever would have associated with Senator Coburn.  In a shocking (to us) radio interview, Coburn spoke like a Senator in the days of yore, when bipartisanship actually existed.

Are some Republicans going to attempt to restore civility to  politics?
That remains to be seen, but this is a good start.

When is the last time you heard a Republican defend Nancy Pelosi?
He did.  (must close gaping jaw now)

After a woman said she did not want to go to jail for refusing health care, Coburn told her she was misinformed. "The intention is not to put any one in jail. That makes for good TV news on FOX but that isn't the intention," Coburn responded.


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- An Oklahoma town hall meeting with colorful characters and a lot of populist anger brought out an often glossed over side of the ultra conservative Sen. Tom Coburn: his sensibility.

"The intention is not to put any one in jail. That makes for good TV news on FOX but that isn’t the intention," Coburn responded.

Hisses and hoots
While discussing his policy disagreements with Pelosi Coburn said "she’s a nice lady," which brought hisses and hoots from the crowd. But Coburn flatly rejected the crowd's animosity towards the liberal Speaker.

"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.

"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.

"So don’t catch yourself being biased by FOX News that somebody is no good. The people in Washington are good. They just don’t know what they don’t know," Coburn said.

Coburn closed the town hall by telling the crowd to read broadly and warned the mostly conservative audience about the danger of getting all their information from the same source.

Originally posted to Julie Gulden, Chairman's Pub Quiz Winner NN11 on Tue Apr 06, 2010 at 08:45 AM PDT.

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