Before I moved to California, I was an Okie. I know what you’re thinking. “How can a conservative move from the heartland of American values to the devil’s pit of liberal despair?” It was a professional move. Even here in California, I’m still an Okie.
As such, I’m very familiar with Tom Coburn. He was the guy I wanted to run for President in 2008, four years into his first term as Senator following three terms as a Congressman. The reasons I wanted him then and again in 2012 are clear:
- He’s a conservative. Nobody can doubt his credentials as both a fiscal and social conservative.
- He’s a human first. He’s not a lifetime politician. He was a doctor before he was drafted to help fix America in 1994.
- He keeps his promises. He pledged to only serve three terms in Congress and he didn’t back down. He was pulled back into politics after three years away to bring his brand of conservatism to the Senate.
- He’s a winner. He’s been in five elections and won all of them.
- I trust him. That’s hard to say about any politician nowadays.
News is breaking that he would be willing to accept the nomination if there’s a revolt by the delegates at the Republican convention. While it’s not my first choice for upending Trump, it’s definitely a good second option. The first choice would be for Trump to implode before the nomination with the delegate rules intact so Ted Cruz could be nominated, but time is running out on that option.
According to The Weekly Standard:
Former Oklahoma senator Tom Coburn would be willing to accept the Republican nomination for president if the delegates so choose, according to a report from veteran journalist Quin Hillyer. Here’s Hillyer:
I can reliably report that the former U.S. Senator from Oklahoma, Dr. Tom Coburn, would accept a draft from the convention floor if delegates petition successfully to put his name in nomination.
Hillyer notes that such a draft effort beginning on the eve of the convention in Cleveland is “daunting but not impossible.”
“Coburn reportedly will not openly campaign for the nomination, but would accept the nomination and run with enthusiasm if nominated,” he writes.
An effort to allow delegates to vote their consciences on the first ballot was defeated in the RNC rules committee meeting last week, which would have made drafting an alternative candidate like Coburn easier for those delegates opposed to Donald Trump. Still, delegates on the floor of the convention may yet have an opportunity to reject that package of rules on Monday.
Something needs to be done about Trump. If he’s the nominee, it will be time to take the drastic measure of forming a new party. If there’s anything that can prevent that from happening, I’m all for it. The best hope for the future of the country is for a conservative Republican party to reemerge as the norm.