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A dozen Republicans go against Boehner

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Modified: January 4, 2013 at 4:30 pm •  Published: January 6, 2013

Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, has passed this way before. He's consistently turned back tea party opponents in Republican primaries, as did Mary Fallin when she ran for governor in 2010. The tea party hasn't had much traction in Oklahoma. We think that's because mainstream Republicans here are so conservative. Bridenstine in fact may be the first tea party-backed candidate at such a high level to actually win office in Oklahoma.

What Cole and the other delegation members did to resolve the impasse was an example of statesmanship. This isn't a criticism of Lankford. His opposition was principled, not petty. Other fights — and other fiscal cliffs — await down the road.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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