He tried to cut their pay and then he voted against saving their industry. So Sen. Bob Corker is drawing plenty of richly deserved flak, beginning with boos from auto workers, for having the audacity to go to Spring Hill to celebrate the revival of that GM plant. He didn't help himself by uttering this shameless sentence:
"I contributed to strengthening the auto industry in this country."
Contrast that comment with Corker's statement on March 30, 2009, when the auto industry bailout was before Congress:
"This administration has decided they know better than our courts and our free market process how to deal with these companies....This is a major power grab."
Sen. Lamar Alexander and Rep. Marsha Blackburn, two more outspoken bailout foes, also went to Spring Hill to pretend they care about this country's auto industry. Today, Blackburn's election opponent, Greg Rabidoux, mocked her in a press release:
“They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, in this case Blackburn showing up for the ceremony to have her picture taken at Spring Hill is worth one very fitting word…hypocrite.”