Coburn’s Principles

Editor’s note: Former Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn died Saturday at age 72. We published this editorial on Jan. 20, 2014 when he announced his retirement from the Senate:

Congress is more unpopular than ever, but some Members are better than its reputation. One of them is Tom Coburn, the Oklahoma Republican who announced on Friday that he’ll leave the Senate at the end of this year. Mr. Coburn’s second term doesn’t officially end until 2016, but he is battling a recurrence of prostate cancer and said he felt he could “best…

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