I continue to be impressed with freshman Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma. He has consistently battled the big spenders on the left and the right. He and another freshman senator, my senator Jim DeMint, are challenging the moderate, pork barrell Republicans to return to their conservative ways, particularly on spending.

In his latest column, Robert Novak reports that despite being verbally attacked by the GOP’s big porker Ted Stevens, Coburn is contining to fight wasteful earmarks and will not grant unamimous consent on spending measures which would force proponents of the waste to defend it out in the open.