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The news that Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn’s health has deteriorated to the point where he is going to resign his Senate seat is not good for the future of the Republicans in the Senate.

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You see, it’s not just about getting a majority.

You need a majority with real world, executive experience in problem solving as opposed to a majority of the clowns in both parties who no longer understand that they work for us instead of the other way around.

Coburn was an OB-GYN who delivered babies, ran a practice, and kept the promises he made.

And his replacement should be somebody who also has real world experience and a talent for something other than spreading manure without getting his shirt dirty.

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My personal choice is sitting on the sidelines, tanned, ready and rested (and probably pretty reluctant).

He is Frank Keating, the former two term Governor of Oklahoma who has as much experience outside of Government as inside and is a relatively young 69.  He’s young enough to serve a term and smart enough to probably not want to get his hands dirty with the likes of Harry Reid.

The truth is, we need a smart guy who has to be convinced to get back in the game for a relatively short period.  He needs to think of it as Nolan Ryan coming out of retirement to pitch one more no hitter.  And we need to think of it as restoring partial sanity to a body of people who live like kings on the taxpayers’ dime but do nothing—absolutely nothing—to earn that lifestyle.

I remember once when he was running for Governor of the great state of Oklahoma and we were all in a car making some campaign stops.  There had been a news story about a policeman who couldn’t remember the details of an arrest warrant he had served.  We were talking about it and Frank said, “I remember every arrest I ever made as an FBI Agent and I was scared to death at all of them.”

Now I’d never heard a cop admit that before, although after 47 years as a journalist I know it to be absolutely true.

Then the conversation turned to prisons.  At the time, Oklahoma was incarcerating women at a rate higher than any state in the nation; and Frank observed that, “we need to stop putting people in prison who we are mad at and start putting people in prison who we are afraid of.”

There were no campaign flacks present, just a few guys talking about the news of the day.

This is the kind of guy you want—no, this is the kind of guy you NEED—in the Senate to serve as a buffer against the Harry Reids of the world.

This is a guy—who by the sheer force of his intellect and ability to solve problems—can embarrass the Harry Reids (of both parties) into doing what it was they were elected to do in the first place.

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