A couple of days ago, we reported that medical doctor and Senator, Tom Coburn (R-OK) asked this of the American people a few hours before a vote to end fillabuster of the Health Reform Bill:
What the American people ought to pray is that somebody can’t make the vote tonight. That’s what they ought to pray.
Most newscasters and pundits on the left seemingly thought that Coburn was talking about Senator Robert Byrd, a democrat who is 92 and in frail health. Byrd had to be wheeled into the Senate to vote for what was the first of three procedural votes leading up to the passage of the Health Reform Bill.
Coburn actually went on Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren show to “explain” what he meant…well sorta:
Crooks & Liars:
Coburn: I wouldn’t back away from that. I’d love for everybody’s alarm clock that’s for this thing not to work. You know, the fact is that this is an epic change in our country. It’s a reduction in freedom in our country. It doesn’t reform health care, it just expands the mess that we have today.
Crooks & Liars coninues…
It would be a lot easier to take this denial at face value. But when you have some of Coburn’s fellow religious-right nutcases out there applying a Psalm wishing for someone’s death to President Obama, and otherwise ramping up the use of “imprecatory prayers” against political opponents, especially President Obama … well, let’s just say we all know what a dog whistle sounds like.
This is why Amato called out Matt Lewis yesterday for indulging in the “alarm clock” nonsense. Yeah, guys, we’re all that stupid.
But wait! There’s more. Here is a tearful caller who phoned into C-Span Tuesday morning to ask Senator Barrasso a question. THIS is why we call them “the crazies”:
CALLER: Yeah doctor. Our small tea bag group here in Waycross, we got our vigil together and took Dr. Coburn’s instructions and prayed real hard that Sen. Byrd would either die or couldn’t show up at the vote the other night.
How hard did you pray because I see one of our members was missing this morning. Did it backfire on us? One of our members died? How hard did you pray senator? Did you pray hard enough
HOST: Senator Barasso, he was referring to Senator Inhofe, who was not part of the round of voting this morning.
BARASSO: The votes today, they needed 60 votes in favor of the bill. Senator Inhofe is opposed to the bill, and whether he was there or not didn’t make any difference. There was no way that Jim Inhofe was going to vote for the bill, the senator from Oklahoma. So that’s why he wasn’t there this morning.
HOST: Do you know where he was, senator, why he wasn’t able to make the vote this morning?
BARASSO: No, I don’t know.
This poor fool thinks Coburn screwed it up and killed Inhofe by not praying hard enough!
You can’t make this stuff up!