Sen. Coburn has a case of the Mondays

Because Congress is terrible, basically

Published September 19, 2012 10:14PM (EDT)


Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., doesn't even like going into work anymore.

“On Monday mornings when I get up, I get up about 4:30 to catch a flight to come back up here. And I’ve noticed that I have an attitude problem, I don’t want to come anymore,” Coburn said in a statement on the Senate floor. “And the reason I don’t want to come anymore is because we’re not doing anything to address the real problems that are in front of our country.”

He continued that it's "cowardice" that Congress can't get anything done, and the Senate is like someone “with their head in the sand,” and makes the “immediate political situation trump everything.”

“We’re ignoring the real problems so we can create political contrasts, for an election all the while the country is sinking, sinking and sinking," Coburn said.

Coburn is, of course, a Republican, and very culpable in the party's unprecedented use of filibuster threats to block basically everything.

By Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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