"I'm open to everything if it gets us where we need to go," Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., said about the work of President Obama's debt-reduction commission. "This is going to require compromise, even from someone as conservative as me." That's a hopeful sign, as Coburn is influential on budget issues. He is also willing to take on spending favored by the GOP. "We need to protect our nation, not the Pentagon's sacred cows," Coburn wrote in a commentary.