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A Senator Is Born

Complications attend Tom Coburn's return to Washington.

Dec 13, 2004, Vol. 10, No. 13 • By KATHERINE MANGU-WARD
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Coburn hasn't yet spoken with Majority Leader Bill Frist about his plans for his first term. "He's pretty busy right now. There'll be plenty of time to talk to him later. I'll be sure to talk to him later." Given Coburn's reputation, Frist might be forgiven for hearing a faint note of menace in those words.

Katherine Mangu-Ward is a reporter at The Weekly Standard.