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Ta-Nehisi Coates
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,...