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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Coburn, Obama Show Freshmen Lone Rangers Can Impact Senate Big-Time

Remember the old saw that freshmen senators and representatives are best advised to sit quiety on the back benches of Congress and wait years for their turn to have any genuine say or influence?

It was true back in the day of Daniel Webster and John C. Calhoun, but not now and certainly not for Oklahoma's Republican Sen. Tom Coburn and Illinois' Democrat Sen. Barack Obama, at least if the latest rankings of senatorial influence and power compiled by Knowlegis for Congress.org are to be believed.

The duo rank first and second in Senate influence among the senators elected in 2004, with the Illinois Democrat first with a score of 32.56 and the Oklahoma GOPer second at 25.06. The two rank 51st and 70th respectively overall in the Senate.