This week real statesmanship was in short supply. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) indulged in an egregious display of self-referential and destructive rhetoric; conservative media in may cases cheered, colleagues who knew better egged him on and outside groups fundraised off the spectacle. But there were some highlights, primarily from Republican senators willing to take heat from bullies like Heritage Action and act responsibly. Two stood out.
First, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.):
And then there was Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.):
I’m finishing up nine years in the Senate and nobody has a higher conservative rating than I do. And I’m now no longer a conservative according to the standards that have been set by the expectation of this process. I’m getting all sorts of e-mails from people that supported me because they have been misled about what’s possible.
Do people not think if I could change Obamacare I would do it in a minute? It is the disappointment that we put a short-term goal with lousy tactics ahead of being honest with the American people. And that’s what we don’t need. We need integrity in government and speaking the truth. I’d love to get rid of Obamacare, but I don’t see a path forward to doing that until the president is out of office.
For making their voices heard over the din, exposing Cruz as a fraud, sticking to their conservative principles and trying to keep the country from going off the rails, we can say well done, Sens. Corker and Coburn.