Friday, December 19, 2008

Bob Corker: Senator from Volkswagen

Posted By on Fri, Dec 19, 2008 at 10:16 AM

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There's yet more media fawning over Bob Corker today, this time in the Knoxville News-Sentinel. Everyone is hailing the senator as a new political star for killing last week's attempt to buy the auto industry some time. When will it end? For sappy, Gail Kerr's column takes the prize.

I don't get it. Corker claims he was sincerely searching for a compromise. But what was really going on? An action alert circulated among Senate Republicans called for them to "stand firm and take their first shot against organized labor."

According to the Los Angeles Times, "Republicans were planting the seeds for a fundraising appeal to big business -- other than the Big Three, of course -- as they gear up for a major political fight next year over expected legislation that would make it easier for unions to organize."

"They may lose money from the auto industry, but a union fight will get them a lot of money from the rest of the business community," University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato says.

So Republicans never intended to vote for the bailout at all but were scapegoating labor to score political points for campaign cash. That makes Corker one of two things: A liar or a dupe.

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