Friday, July 16, 2004
A case study in making the personal political, courtesy of Josh Marshall:
Former Congressman Tom Coburn relishes his reputation as a political maverick in his return to active politics as a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate . . . .
Coburn is traditional conservative, opposing abortion except in rare cases to save the life of the mother and advocating tax cuts and limited government.
On the death penalty, he said: "I favor the death penalty for abortionists and other people who take life."
He said he performed two abortions to save the lives of mothers who had congenital heart disease, but opposes the procedure in cases of rape.
"Under the mores we live under today, my lineage wouldn't exist," Coburn said, explaining that his great-grandmother was raped by a territorial sheriff.