The guardians of the Public Morals decided to deny a request by Oklahoma Senator Coburn on grounds of ethics. Congress can be a place of great tolerance. When a horny and alcoholic Senator killed young woman and ran from the scene, he remained a celebrity. An impeached Federal Judge could be treated with honor after being elected to the House of Representatives. No action was taken to expel Representative Jefferson after bribe cash was found in his freezer. When Barney Frank was found to have been using his political muscle to fix tickets for a gay roommate who was running an ‘escort service’ from their apartment, there was the mildest of rebukes. Senator Dodd got sweetheart ‘VIP’ loans from a sleazy operator known for predatory practices but close to Bill Clinton. Senator Dodd claimed that he was ignorant of what ‘VIP treatment’ entailed.
Yet the request of Senator Coburn was denied. We might ask what he wanted to do that was so offensive to some of his colleagues. Did he want to sit on the board of some hedge fund? Open a strip club on 14th street? No, the Senator wanted to do some moonlighting.
Unlike many of the hacks who infest Congress, the Senator from Oklahoma had an honorable day job. He has an MD after his name. He wanted to deliver some babies — free of charge — for his patients.
Perhaps he could have done better by claiming to be an abortionist and, after approval, botched every job.