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It was only last summer that Bob Corker seemed truly reasonable. The country was hurtling toward an energy crisis. The eco and drill camps were at each other's throats. So Corker and a small band of senators Republican and Democrat pushed an energy bill that attempted to soothe both sides.
It wasn't great legislation, but at least the man was trying. The unknown senator appeared to be rising above the partisan blather to actually make something happen.
But while reason may earn the respect of colleagues, it doesn't get you headlines or invites from Sean Hannity. Corker discovered that during the auto bailout hearings, when he launched a weird attack against the UAW for its alleged greed.
Never mind that the Big 3 had taken their management cues from Soviet-era manufacturing. And never mind that Bob had nothing to say about Detroit executive wages. His attack made him a darling of the exec set, which believes that livable wages are the root of all evil. Suddenly he was being gushed over by the Wall Street Journal and Fox.
Bob was drunk with fame...
Fast forward to this week, and you'll see nothing of the reasonable senator from last summer. He's now claiming that Tennessee can't even spend the $4.2 billion it's due from the stimulus package.
So it's no crime to be against the stimulus. Hurtling oneself into massive debt isn't for everyone. The problem is you heard little from Corker when Bush was burning up the treasury like a 13-year-old with a pocket full of Bar Mitzvah money at Opry Mills. And now that he's become Captain Fiscal Prudence, he seems to be suffering from a severe plunge in IQ.
First he backed a Republican stimulus package centered on tax cuts. Jeepers, honey, we're gonna pay $14 less to the federal government this year! Let's buy a Escalade!
And now he's making wild claims about how Tennessee can't even spend the stimulus money
Has Bob turned loon? Or is he just the latest in a long line of pols shamelessly grubbing to be the senator from Fox News?
Dear people, it may be time for an intervention.