Oklahoma's junior U.S. senator, Tom Coburn, has parted company with his senior Republican colleague, Sen. Jim Inhofe, in the 2008 presidential race.
Coburn came out today for Arizona Sen. John McCain, former Navy pilot and Vietnam POW who won the New Hampshire primary earlier this month. But McCain's recent support of immigration reform has been wildly unpopular among Oklahoma Republicans, something Coburn surely knows.
Inhofe has endorsed former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, whose lackluster campaign has thus far yielded little popular support.
Will either endorsement make a difference? The short answer is no. Our reading of the Oklahoma political landscape puts Republicans in the Mike Huckabee column on Super Tuesday.
On a completely different topic: Sen. Coburn turned up at a McCain rally sporting a fuzzy gray beard. Either Coburn is channeling David Letterman or he's trying harder than ever to live up to his nineteenth-century political views.