Friday, December 23, 2011

Coburn's Newt Gingrich Problem: Oklahoma Senator Knows Too Much about Former Speaker

It's not exactly breaking news, but it's worth repeating: Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn is no fan of Newt Gingrich. 

Gingrich, of course, is running for the Republican presidential nomination. According to some polls, he's running well in Iowa and South Carolina.

But Newt is problem for many Republicans, including Coburn.

Why such antipathy? As Sen. Coburn explained earlier this month, Coburn served in the U.S. House when Gingrich was the House speaker. That experience, Coburn has admitted, has left him unimpressed by Gingrich's leadership skills.

"I just found his leadership lacking," Coburn said recently.

That may be an understatement. Beyond leadership, Gingrich has a laundry list of misjudgments, ethical problems and moral failings, all of which are serious enough to turn off voters.

Nevertheless, a recent SoonerPoll found Gingrich the top choice of Oklahoma Republicans. We don't have a dog in this fight, but Oklahoma voters might be well advised to listen to Sen. Coburn.

1 comment:

crevo said...

If you really want to get the skinny on Newt, you should check out Tom Coburn's book, Breech of Trust. I'm surprised that this book has not been publicized more during the election. It's both a great book, and a great reason why I won't vote for Newt.