BY RICHARD L. FRICKER
As once said, “You shouldn’t drink that early, or whatever you’re smoking you need to share.” So it is with Congressman Dan Boren, Turncoat-Muskogee, and his suggestion in Midwest City over the weekend that President Obama should start taking advice from renowned senatorial nitwit Tom Coburn.
It would be laughable, except that Muskogee’s other clown is serious. Boren has been politically bed snuggling with Coburn for months; he has now come out of his closet screaming.
Boren has never been much of a Democrat. It would follow that this latest stunt is a progression in his attempt to secure re-election without drawing a Republican challenger of any strength. Coburn benefits from having a fifth columnist in the Democrat ranks thus allowing him to claim the fabled bi-partisan support within his state.
Boren was cuddled safely among his fellow congressional delegates, all of whom are Republican, when he made his suggestion before the mid-winter meeting of the Oklahoma Press Association. Coming from a “Democrat” this made news, especially in the Daily Oklahoman and Tulsa World.
Why would anyone want advice from something akin to Coburn? The senator’s penchant for misstatement and political cowardice is well documented.
Back in May 2007, long before Barack Obama was even thought of as a candidate, or healthcare reform an issue, Coburn gave a luncheon talk before the Tulsa Press Club, none of what he said about healthcare was accurate. Doubtful he has changed.
Why would anyone want their president taking advice from someone who willfully misinforms the public? Once the above piece ran, Coburn changed the cancer treatment villain from England to Canada during a similar stump appearance before the Tulsa Rotary Club.
Who would want their President taking advice from someone who acts as a sex payoff bagman, secretly halts legislation that would help medically stricken members of his constituency and lives in a cult commune whose objective is to impale democracy on the spear tip of religious intolerance? Who?
Dan Boren. He appears to care not for his constituency but more for his post as a congressman. Thus no political sin is too great in his quest for re-election. The question arises as to why he is even still carried on the rolls of the Oklahoma Democratic Party. As long as the party allows behavior such as Boren’s, why should Oklahomans support their candidates?
The Democratic Party has long since lost its will to fight. This lack of will has caused many potentially viable candidates to remain on the bench. Why get into the fray if your own political party is going to cut and run at the first sign of danger.
No knowledgeable Democrat would depend on Boren to hold the horses or go back for ammunition. They should be able to depend on their own party. Leaving Boren to do the two-step across the political stage with Coburn is unacceptable.
To quote Charles Montgomery Burns, “Release the hounds!”
– Richard L. Fricker lives in Tulsa, OK and is a regular contributor to The Oklahoma Observer