-By Warner Todd Huston
Republican Senator Tom Coburn has just completed his transformation into a laughing stock. In an interview with the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein, Coburn claimed that he fully believes that President Obama will become an “entitlement reformer” in his second term.
At the end of Klein’s first part of the interview he asks Coburn if Republicans will do any better to “compromise” with Obama if Obama wins a second term. Here is Coburn’s absurd reply:
We’ve had conversations where he’s told me he’ll go much further than anyone believes he’ll go to solve the entitlement problem if he can get the compromise. And I believe him. I believe he would.
This is the single dumbest thing I’ve ever seen a Republican say. The naivete and stupidity of this naïf is the most gobsmackingly stupid I’ve ever seen.
Obama a “reformer”? If Coburn really does believe this he reveals a startling lack of good sense. Obama has made an entire career out of gladhanding his opponents and in private one-on-one talks telling them exactly what they want to hear. He is soothing, assuring, even tempered. And he always, always lies through his teeth.
Even when he was in the Illinois Senate he did this. He’d seems so reasonable and good natured in his interactions. He always seemed to be willing to compromise. And in every vote he’d vote the hard-line, left-wing way.
Obama is not a compromiser but he is a hard-line leftist, a big government guy. The thought that he’ll do anything to reform entitlements, the supporting pillar of the Democrat Party, is absurd. If anything he’ll look to keep the status quo, but he is more likely to want to enlarge such programs.
Further, President Obama has shown not a single sign that he’s interested in any actual reform of practically anything much less entitlements. He’s a government hog, not a reformer.
Lastly, you must realize that once re-elected, Obama will have even less reason to compromise with Republicans. He’ll be wholly unbounded by the need to cater to voters and will use his second term for “legacy” issues, items that he wants to push forward at all costs – costs that won’t include worrying about voters.
That Coburn “believes” in Obama calls the Senator’s intelligence, maybe even his sanity, seriously into question.