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Conservative Favorites

I just mentioned that Tom Coburn of Oklahoma is the Senate candidate that conservatives should care about more than any of the others. This has nothing to do with the fact that he’s in a close race or anything. On his personal merits and past performance, we know for sure that he would be an outstanding conservative leader in the Senate. He would quickly become one of our favorites there. A runner-up in this category is Jim DeMint of South Carolina–a devoted tax reformer and a free-trader in a state with a protectionist reputation. He’s a man of conservative principle whose presence in the Senate will do much more than merely add one more vote for the GOP.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.