"My hope would be we reach a grand compromise. But the vote in the House proves what I said in the book. You had a vote in the House on a plan that could solve our problems and the Democrats didn’t vote for it because it touches Social Security and Republicans vote against it because of revenues. Both sides accentuated their differences rather than sending a signal to the international community that we could get together and cut $4.5 trillion over the next 10 years. Which raises the question: Why are they here? If you’re here just to get reelected, you’re worthless to the country," – Sen. Tom Coburn, in a must-read interview with Ezra Klein.
It's rare to read such candid and intelligent back-and-forth on the big debt issue, which is why I recommend it. And Coburn hasn't given up on Obama either:
If President Obama is president again, those problems are still there and we have to solve them. He knows that. We’ve had conversations where he’s told me he’ll go much further than anyone believes he’ll go to solve the entitlement problem if he can get the compromise. And I believe him. I believe he would.
That's my hope too. Obama needs to recapitalize on his 2008 victory. Then go big.