Line of the Day
As Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) railed away at Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, we were reminded of Coburn’s role in the recent sex scandal involving Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.).
To recap, Coburn, an obstetrician and gynecologist who lives with Ensign in Washington, has said he counseled his colleague to end an extramarital relationship with a staffer. But the husband of the former mistress has claimed that Coburn also advised Ensign to pay millions of dollars to the unhappy couple so they could move away from Ensign’s hometown of Las Vegas.
The Center for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has filed several petitions with the Senate Ethics Committee and the Department of Justice to probe the legality of severance payments that Ensign allegedly made. But Coburn has said that he won’t cooperate in any investigations, claiming that his counseling derived from his capacity as a medical doctor, which prevents him from having to testify in any probe that might follow.
The Washington Post’s Al Kamen today picked up on Coburn’s line of argument to offer the most clever line yet to emerge from the scandal. “If a guy can’t trust his OB-GYN,” Kamen writes, “who can he trust?”