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Sen. Tom Coburn, nice guy or noxious guy?
Sen. Tom Coburn, nice guy or noxious guy?

We've never met the man, so we're willing to stipulate that Sen. Tom Coburn (R- Okla.), a physician who recently announced his early retirement from the Senate, is a sweetheart to have at a dinner party. That's the bottom line on Coburn offered by Bloomberg columnist Margaret Carlson, who seems genuinely bereft at the thought of his leaving Washington. "He was the most ego-free, funny and sensible person you could meet," she wrote a few days ago.  Coburn is evidently considered an engaging fellow in Washington facing serious medical problems, so you can count Carlson's piece as the harbinger of a flood of similar insider encomiums.  Curiously,...

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