Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn said Thursday that he still supports the death penalty, even in light of the botched execution in his home state.First, I would like to direct the nation's attention to the plain fact that we are debating whether and how best to kill people on something referred to as "Morning Joe." This is the sign of a declining empire. This is akin to when Rome chose lowering of the capital gains tax over continued scrubbings of the vomitoriums. We're debating our methods of killing people on Morning Joe. Again, I mean—it does tend to be a subject that comes up quite a lot in other guises. Second, is this like a Cliven Bundy thing, where if you believe something to be true, that makes it true?
“I think it has a deterrent capability,” Coburn said on “Morning Joe,” while also acknowledging that he still doesn’t “like” capital punishment.
Coburn, a physician, said the Oklahoma execution this week in which the inmate died after 43 minutes was the result of human error.Good to know. Now if we could just find a senator-lawyer who could tell us that "things can go wrong" when convicting people of capital crimes in the first place, oopsie, spilled milk, etc., we might be getting somewhere.
“Anytime you’re doing anything with the body, things can go wrong,” he said.
Pressed on “Morning Joe,” Coburn conceded that the episode raises questions “about the death penalty and whether or not that, in and of itself, is appropriate and whether you can do that humanely.”Wait, this horrific episode got even Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn contemplating on humaneness? That itself may count as a miracle. If you ever find yourself up for Catholic sainthood and need to write down your bonafides, tell the Church that one was your doing.