Oklahoma's maverick junior senator, Dr. Tom Coburn, continues to make news with his on-going campaign against Congressional earmarks. The senator and his campaign were the subject of an article in today's edition of USA Today.
Unfortunately for Oklahoma, Sen. Coburn's actions have alienated other lawmakers, who may soon retaliate by pulling the plug on future Sooner state projects.
According to the newspaper, Coburn was successful several years ago in helping publicize and eventually kill funding for two projects known as "Bridges to Nowhere."
Beyond that, Sen. Coburn doesn't seem to be making much progress. In fact, USA Today notes, his opponents include such both Missouri senators, Republican Kit Bond and Democrat Claire McCaskill. Another opponent: Sen. Ted Stevens, the Alaska Republican behind one of the ill-fated bridges Coburn helped kill.
We're all for cutting pork-barrel spending. But if Sen. Coburn is going to really effect any change in the Congress, he's going to need many more friends than he has now.