“Hell has frozen over.”
We’ve written those words so many times in the last year or so regarding surprising Tea/GOP statements, that the words themselves just seem to fall a bit short anymore.
Following the Tea Party’s failed extortion attempt last year, Republican rats have been jumping ship so fast that you could practically walk on a furry carpet from here to the Holy Land without getting your feet wet.
To hear Republican Oklahoma Senator Tom “Dr. No” Coburn (so-named for his status as the “Godfather of GOP obstructionism“) tell it, he isn’t exactly “jumping ship.” After six years, a case of cancer and more “no” votes than a three-year-old on Broccoli Night, he’s retiring and handing over his Oklahoma senator’s seat to GOP member James Lankford.
So, maybe it isn’t entirely surprising that Tea-Friend Coburn has said a few surprising things lately.
One of them was this statement regarding FOX “News,” given at what is billed as his final town hall meeting with constituents. (The same constituents, by the way, whose tornado-stricken request for government aid Coburn used as leverage for federal budget cuts.) In response to an audience member’s question (23:40) about FOX, Coburn said:
“There are certain shows on Fox I can’t watch. Because they’re totally not fair and totally not balanced. What I want is, I want all the information if which I can make the best decision.”
Of course, this in itself might be just another example of GOP infighting; Coburn didn’t back the Tea Party shutdown of the government, correctly calculating that it would fail and turn voters against the GOP. Fox fired back, Coburn shot back at them, and on and on it goes.
So, in a sense, Coburn may just be swimming away from a ship whose anchor line he was barely clinging to in the first place.
H/T: Huffington Post