QA With Sen. Tom Coburn, the Earmark Foe

'The culture [of Congress] is the thing that limits it from doing what is best.'


You're still a practicing physician?

I delivered a baby last weekend. A 9-pound, 13-ounce girl. I've delivered over 4,000 babies. Is being a physician at all similar to being a senator?

It's a real advantage to being a physician up here because you're taught about how to read people through their body language. You read all the signs instead of what they say. I've heard you prefer being called Doctor Coburn to Senator Coburn.

Oh, it doesn't matter to me. You call me to dinner and I'll come.