Unfortunately, Coburn also attracted a few political zanies (to put it politely). The Tulsa World reported this week that Coburn "traded Bible lessons with a constituent worried about President Barack Obama's religion."
Fact check: Obama is a professed Christian. On Sunday, for instance, Obama celebrated Easter at a Christian church in Washington.
Another constituent criticized Coburn for hugging Obama on national television. For this citizen, notions of "brotherly love" and "turning the other cheek" are somehow evil, apparently.
Then there was Coburn's own faint praise for Obama. "At least with this guy, we know where he is. He's hard left," Coburn said. By "hard left," Coburn seems to mean something horrible.
But since January 20, Obama has tackled the recession in a number of ways, several of which show signs of working. He's restored a sense in confidence among U.S. consumers, as the stock market and his high poll numbers show.
He's also begun the restoration of the U.S. reputation on the international stage, a move likely to yield benefits in foreign affairs in future years.
He stood up to international pirates, giving the military license to use their skills to "take out" the bad guys and save the U.S. captain. (Note: Glenn Beck prematurely ridiculed Obama's unwillingness to do just this, demonstrating the moronic nature of Beckian political claptrap.)
Unlike the rumor-mongers at Coburn's town hall meetings and the doom-sayers and hysterians at yesterday's tea parties, there is a factual record of presidential competence and accomplishment that shows great promise for the nation and its citizens.
If that's "hard left," sign us up.