Last night our Tennessee senator, Bob Corker, decided to be the turd in the punch bowl. Out of all the Republican senators, he was the only one to vote against the tax reform bill.
That’s quite an achievement, considering his competition. The flirty Democrat light, John McCain, voted yes. Petulant, spite filled Jeff Flake of Arizona managed to cast a yes vote. The greedy, grabby Lisa Murkowski put aside her GOPe unity card and voted yes for Alaska. Even Maine’s Susan Collins, who usually likes to take the role of turd in the punch bowl, allowed her own self interests to prevail and cut a deal to vote yes.
Not our Bobby. He let his little tiffs with President Trump overshadow the good he could do for millions of Tennesseans. His love/hate relationship with the president finally landed on the hate part. Remember, he was very willing to be considered vice president before the election and felt himself worthy of secretary of state. Where were his “scruples” then?
Corker decided to release his inner drama queen Thursday night. The tax reform vote which had appeared an imminent victory got delayed by his sudden decision to be deficit hawk. Even Rand Paul, who sincerely worries about this issue, saw the greater good in passing the bill. But li’l Bob forced a delay and a new scramble to reevaluate votes.
He explained, ” “But at the end of the day, I am not able to cast aside my fiscal concerns and vote for legislation that I believe, based on the information I currently have, could deepen the debt burden on future generations.” That’s weasel talk, recognizable by all.
He caused the stock market to tumble overnight from its 300+ high the day before, buoyed by the bill’s gathering momentum. He caused angst to millions of Americans awaiting the vote. It got pushed til the early Saturday morning because they had to recalibrate. It passed at 12:50 Central Time. Thanks for nothing, Bob.
In a state that voted heavily for Donald Trump, Corker decided he’d represent us by joining the opposition. A red state like ours saw our senator join Chuck Schumer, Elizabeth Warren, Al Franken, Tim Kaine, Bob Menendez, Pat Leahy and the gang to gang up on Americans. Li’l Bob even managed to make Mitch McConnell look good.
Yes, Corker gave the Republican party and Tennesseans a big middle finger. In return, how about he flee to one of those blue states he loves so much. Then he can work on the deficit by paying the high taxes he so loves.