Oklahoma's junior senator, Dr. Tom Coburn, fashions himself as a straight arrow. He's a man of God. He's as conservative as they come, to hear him tell it, and as honest as the day is long.
But Coburn's honesty gauge took a beating this week when news reports found him telling two different versions of his efforts to assist Nevada Sen. John Ensign, a God-fearing conservative tied up in a sex scandal.
It seems that Sen. Ensign wanted to keep his secret life secret by assisting or paying off some of the individuals involved. Seems also that his friend Tom Coburn denied any role in helping Ensign set up such arrangements. Seems now that Coburn has admitted that he did in fact assist in those arrangements.
In short: Either Coburn was lying then or lying now.
Either way, Coburn looks a lot less like a principled conservative and a lot more like just another political opportunist who will say whatever he has to in order to save face.
The Tulsa World story is here.