Let's put in a good word for Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, who sat last night at the State of the Union speech with a liberal New York (gasp!) politician, Sen. Charles Shumer.
This was a small matter, but it had large and important implications, a sign of bipartisanship and civility in our highly contentious political atmosphere.
Apparently, we weren't the only ones to notice this act, since Coburn and Shumer made the front page of today's Tulsa World. Coburn also turned up on the front of USA Today, this time with President Obama himself. And both men were smiling!
So we say thank you, Sen. Coburn.
As for our other senator, Jim Inhofe, thanks for nothing. True to form, Inhofe remains hyper-partisan and mean-spirited, making the political climate worse.