After his role in the John Ensign scandal I'm not sure why he's still in Congress, but yesterday he turned into an AM hate talk radio host and attacked Congress, Obama and Medicare: Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) ripped his colleagues during a tour of
August 18, 2011

After his role in the John Ensign scandal I'm not sure why he's still in Congress, but yesterday he turned into an AM hate talk radio host and attacked Congress, Obama and Medicare:

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) ripped his colleagues during a tour of northeast Oklahoma, calling them “career elitists,” “cowards” and said, “It’s just a good thing I can’t pack a gun on the Senate floor.”

Coburn’s gun-on-the-floor comment comes less than a month after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) made a triumphant return to the Capitol and the House floor following her shooting in the head in January outside a Tucson supermarket.

OK, threatening to shoot members of Congress is never a good thing. Maybe there should be a bill that forbids this kind of thing being said in DC. You know, if Louie Gohmert's crazy bill which wanted to arm these Congressman was passed maybe they could have had an old fashioned shoot out --OK Corral style right in the Capitol. But he was on a roll that Rush Limbaugh would have been proud of. Next up, he made up the claim that health care for seniors was better before Medicare ever came along.

He said the nation’s health care system was better before Medicare existed, even as he noted that some people received poor care at the time and doctors often accepted baked goods or chickens in partial payment.

“You can’t tell me the system is better now than it was before Medicare,” he said.

He said the nation’s health care system was better before Medicare existed, even as he noted that some people received poor care at the time and doctors often accepted baked goods or chickens in partial payment.

“You can’t tell me the system is better now than it was before Medicare,” he said.

My doctor has been telling me that he'll trade kittens and frogs for service. Why stop now, he was rocking:

Without specifying what he meant, Coburn said President Barack Obama has an “intent is to create dependency because it worked so well for him.”

The World’s caption below a photo of Coburn reads the understated: “Disagrees with Obama’s politics.”

“As an African-American male,” Coburn said, Obama received “tremendous advantage from a lot of these programs.” The programs were not identified in the World report

There is no evidence as far as I can tell that Obama was an affirmative action recipient, but it's the good and decent racist thing to say and it falls in line as just your basic conservative spin about the program, but he does equate getting Medicare as being a crack addict I think.

UPDATE: David from Video Cafe catches a response from Coburn on local radio:

"It's just a good thing I can't pack a gun on the Senate floor," he said, according to The Tulsa World.

Coburn's remarks came less than a month after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), who had suffered a gunshot wound to the head in January, briefly returned to Congress.

Conservative radio host Pat Campbell gave Coburn a chance to defend his remarks Thursday.

"You think that's going to come back to haunt you?" Campbell asked.

"Oh, I don't know," Coburn said. "I don't care. The problems are so big. What I was trying to do was be funny. They know that."

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