There are a bunch of"insane things Tom Coburn said in one single day" floating around on the Internet for some reason (August news cycles), so let us do a neat little paraphrase to sum up his wingnut brain diarrhea spree: "The end of the world is in 16 months, I will shoot everybody in Congress because everybody is a giant hooker with herpes, and speaking of useless why are the elderly always demanding free government crack to sprinkle into their Metamucil? Shoot them too. And: Barack Obama loves welfare because he is black, if you haven't noticed." There you have it! Tom Coburn feels better in the Satanic Oklahoma heat now that he has this off his chest. By what margin is this summation actually "a slight exaggeration, if any?"

You decide!!!!! That is how democracy works.

1. The world is ending, civil war, etc.: "We have less than 16 months to fix this. I can promise you that come July you're going to see some tough, tough stuff in this country."

2. Kill Congress: "It's just a good thing I can't pack a gun on the Senate floor."

3. Who needs the olds?/ kill them, too: "The first question I have for you is if you look in the Constitution, where is it the federal government's role to [provide Medicare]? That's number one. Number two is the way I was brought up [medical care for the elderly is] a family responsibility, not a government responsibility."

4. Obama lurvs welfare: "As an African American male, coming through the progress of everything [Barack Obama] experienced, he got tremendous benefit through a lot of these programs. So he believes in them. I just don't believe they work overall and in the long run they don't help our country."

Tom Coburn got all of this out on a single Tuesday, which is efficient even by wingnut standards.

MOSTLY beyond this, though, we love Lauri Apple's Tom Coburn drawing. [Tulsa World/ThinkProgress/WaPo]


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