I don’t remember where I read it, but in response to Oklahoma Senators Tom Coburn and James Inhofe, who voted against disaster relief for the Northeast after Hurricane Sandy, a blogger noted that it will be interesting to see how they vote for relief for Oklahoma and how the folks back home react if they vote against any bill that provides assistance for the storms there.
Mr. Coburn is already on the record as being opposed to more aid without taking it from somewhere else (and not liking the pushback he’s getting for that), and Mr. Inhofe claims that aid for Sandy was “totally different” than what happened in Oklahoma.
I seriously doubt that either senator would face any kind of backlash from their constituents. (In the case of Mr. Coburn, it doesn’t matter; he’s retiring.) After all, these are the men the people of Oklahoma voted for, and other than the fact that Mr. Coburn has an easy-going personality and can yuck it up with the Village pundits (whereas Mr. Inhofe has a long history of being a cranky and ornery bastard), they’re both hard-core right-wingers, which is apparently what the people of the Sooner state want to represent them.
It is a testimony to the magnanimity and humanity of the American people that we will still send the people of Moore all the help and assistance they need without question or qualification in spite of the fact that they elect idiots. That is what good people do, and we will not hold the victims hostage.