15) Bob Corker, US Senator from Tennessee. He's been stepping up his game a little, but to be a serious contender he needs a few more boring conservative white guys on this list to self-destruct. (16)
OK, so we're now officially worried about Corker. As the New York Times pointed out the other day, it's become something of a curse to be named among the GOP's possible 2012 contenders. Mark Sanford is only the latest of these to stumble:
That series of problems has become so chronic that even the party's most pragmatic members could be forgiven for wondering whether being named "possible 2012 contender" is like winning the movie role of Superman, long believed by some to carry a curse for those actors who don his blue tights.
What scandal will befall Corker? And we were just beginning to like him.
There's a particular breed of lawmaker on Capitol Hill that is pushing hard against a public health care plan, much to the delight of two seriously moneyed special interest groups--insurers and pharmaceuticals. They're the Blue Dogs: moderate, vocal and funded in part by the industries trying to protect their bottom line. The typical member* of the Blue Dog caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives has received $10,300 more from insurers than the typical non-Blue Dog Democrat in the House (including health and accident insurers, HMOs and other health services) and only $3,625 less than the typical House Republican. Earlier this month, the Blue Dogs sent a letter to House leadership arguing that a public option should be created "only if insurance market reforms and increased competition don't lower costs on their own," according to the Politico.OpenSecrets made a chart showing the members of the Blue Dog Coalition and the totals they've received from the employees and PACs of various health-related industries and the health sector overall since 1989, and guess what? Right near the top of the list are Jim Cooper, John Tanner and Bart Gordon.
The plaintiffs will allege that the bill is illegal on eight counts. Among them being, that the law is an unlawful public nuisance that threatens the life, health and safety of the public, as well as violating due process and increasing civil liability for the restaurants as well as violating Tennessee's Occupational Safety and Health Act which expressively requires as a matter of federal and state law that employers provide a safe work place for employees. While a permit holder cannot drink alcohol while carrying a loaded weapon in a bar or restaurant, the new law doesn't stop that person from having previously consumed alcohol.
So we checked with Pith's stable of crack legal analysts and, alas, they don't hold out much hope for this complaint. It seems that under state law, the legislature has pretty wide discretion to decide where Tennessee's certified licensed highly trained gunmen can and cannot go. As for restaurant liability for customers and employees, all they have to do is throw up a sign banning guns, and that will take care of that.
"This case could be the Fred Thompson of the court's term: much anticipated but quickly forgotten."The metaphorical possibilities here are vast. Sarah Palin was the Fred Thompson of VP candidacies. The Titans 2008 playoff run was the Fred Thompson of NFL postseasons. My third wife was the Fred Thompson of romantic relationships. This post is the Fred Thompson of Pith entries...
If Optimist has to cut its Little League affiliation because of this stupid law, every Murfreesboro council member and legislator in Tennessee should be required to line up and get whacked in the head by a 12-year-old with a Little League approved bat. Those are the only weapons that should be allowed in a ball park.
"Some people think that if we have these too often, we'll get tea party burnout. But the thing is, as fast as we can organize these things, it's not fast enough to keep up with what's coming out of Washington."
I'm walking the talk. My wife, Shelley, and I sold out house and downsized. We up-fitted our new home with geo-thermal heating and cooling, energy efficient windows, organic insulation, and biodegradable wood products that lowered the Cammack Family Footprint.
Here's all of Cammack's letter:
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The Moral Majority strikes again.