The senator’s civility, and good judgement vis-a-vis Fox News, are especially praiseworthy
at this Weimar-like moment of far-rightist virulence (and liberal timidity). The news of Coburn’s statements comes amid such news as this:

Breaking: Man charged with threatening to kill Sen. Murray 06 Apr 2010

A Washington state man has been charged with threatening to kill
Democratic Sen. Patty Murray over her support for health care reform.
Court documents say federal agents arrested Charles Alan Wilson in
Yakima on Tuesday. An FBI agent’s probable cause statement says Murray’s
office in Seattle reported the threats, which were left on voice mail
from a blocked telephone number. Agents say they traced the calls to
Wilson’s home in Selah, near Yakima.


Tom Coburn Defends Nancy Pelosi, Criticizes Fox News
First Posted: 04- 6-10 11:05 AM | Updated: 04- 6-10 11:08 AM

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has not been getting a lot of praise from
Republicans lately, especially after she helped shepherd the passage of
health care reform bill.

But in a recent town hall meeting Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) offered some
kind words for her, saying “she’s a nice lady.” Coburn added that
although he and the Speaker differ on policy issues, she’s a “good

Perhaps even more stunning than Coburn’s conciliatory words for Pelosi
was his criticism of Fox News.

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