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Sen. Tom Coburn: Body Language Soothsayer

I saw this yesterday on Meet The Press. Our "beloved" senator, because of his medical training, is able to tell if someone is lying simply by looking at their body language. Thanks to Crooks and Liars, we have video links and a brief transcript of Coburn describing it to Tim Russert.
SEN. COBURN on Roberts: I've tried to use my medical skills of observation of body language to ascertain your uncomfortableness and ill at ease with questions and responses. I will tell you that I am very pleased both in my observational capabilities as a physician to know that your answers have been honest and forthright as I watch the rest of your body respond to the stress that you're under. MR. RUSSERT: Do you believe as a physician you can tell whether a candidate for the Supreme Court is telling the truth? SEN. COBURN: Mm-hm, I certainly have. MR. RUSSERT: Has any--have you ever detected someone lying? SEN. COBURN: Uh-huh, lots of times.
John Amato adds this commentary:
We have Bill Frist making a diagnosis on Terry Schiavo using old video tapes and now we have Coburn saying he can tell if you're lying just by using his keen training in body language. What's up with some of these republican doctors? I didn't know that studying body language was a course given to doctors anyway. Can somebody find that class given in medical school. Why hasn't he been called before to testify in other very important cases? It seems to be more reliable than lie-detector tests. At least in Coburn's case, as reader Brian implies. Is this some new kind of faith-based pseudoscience?
Also in that interview, Coburn did his best to make sure Democrats shared the blame for the ballooning deficit, even though his party has been in power in the House, Senate and the White House for the past five years. Just accept the fact, senator, that your party doesn't practice what it preaches — and that's not limited to just fiscal responsibility. I cringe when I see Coburn or Inhofe on TV. At least when Nickles was on TV, he sounded reasonable and intelligent. Coburn and Inhofe are doing more to set Oklahoma backward in the country (and world's)


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