“I doubt that there is a senator in the Senate that has the same kind of relationship that I have with the president.”
“Can you hear me NOW, Bob? Good.”
Bob Corker is trying to pretend nothing is wrong between him and Trump. But the tire marks on his butt say otherwise.
The predictable TennessCNN trotted out a strange little article yesterday in an obvious attempt to paper over the political problems of their favorite anti-Trump Republican, Sen. Bob Corker. For his part, Corker is just now realizing he stepped in it with calling the Republican President of the United States “unstable” and “not competent” enough to do his job, ran to The TennessCNN in a comical attempt to pretend things were just hunky-dory between The Donald and himself.
Yeah, Bob. There are two kinds of GOP Senators these days: (1) Those who get along with the president while avoiding running their mouths and (2) those who the President is inviting voters to remove from the Senate. You would be in that second category, Bobster.
“Corker said since the exchange on Twitter, he hasn’t spoken to the president directly.”
Really, Bob? Really?
You may not have said anything to the President in the last couple of weeks, but he sure as hell had a message for you. In less than 167 characters, the President let you know in no uncertain terms he is aware of your attacks on him and made a barely-veiled threat of possible primary opposition for you. For someone who has not been “in communication” with the president, you sure seem to have a problem sitting down these days. That’s what happens when POTUS runs a rocket up your keister.
Want to know why Mark Green and Marsha Blackburn are giving serious consideration to running against you in the Republican primary next year? Look no further than your own mouth.
Blackburn reportedly exploring a primary challenge to Corker.
Serious threat to Corker’s re-election.
Well, the Wamp vs. Corker boomlet lasted the equivalent length of a political brain fart. For about 30 minutes there Wamp had a chance to become a U.S. Senator, but he hesitated. And as the great political philosophizer, Ricky Bobby would put it:
The main reason for the demise of the Wamp candidacy, other than he apparently was not interested in running, was the emergence of Marsha Blackburn as a possible challenger. Her entry into the race would change, well, everything.
RTP is being flooded with rumors, calls, speculation and hyperventilating over the possibility of Blackburn vs. Little Bob.
But wait, what? Didn’t Marsha already take herself out of running against Corker? Back earlier in the summer The TennessCNN breathlessly announced Blackburn was not going to run against Corker.
As usual, The TennessCNN was flat-out wrong.
What Blackburn actually said was “I am running for re-election to the House of Representatives. That is my focus.” That was the entirety of her quote.
As RTP noted at the time, that was a carefully and cleverly-worded statement that purposely excluded any mention of the word “Senate” and left open her options. But cracked political reporter Joel Ebert tortured her statement to the point he claimed that meant she was not going to run against Corker. Apparently The TennessCNN was so eager to protect the anti-Trump Corker (see their “Bravo, Sen. Corker” column) that they wantonly extrapolated a conclusion that was not based on fact. It wouldn’t be the first – or the last – time The TennessCNN generated “fake news.”
But back to Marsha. She is arguably the hottest Republican political property in Tennessee. She has the money (over $3 million in the bank, plus millions more from well-heeled individuals who hate Corker), the looks, the conservative creds and the electability that few, if any, politicians in the state can match. Add to that Trump’s animosity towards Corker and you have a real slobberknocker of a race brewing. And it doesn’t hurt that Marsh’ais a woman, which takes away Corker’s favorite tactic – bullying – to try to keep her out of the race.
A Blackburn candidacy would bring a host of attributes that would likely clear the field of other would be contenders such as (especially) Joe Carr. State Senator Mark Green is also another potentially strong candidate, but in fairness neither he or anyone else can bring the political heat like Blackburn can. If Marsha declines, Green would be a strong alternative. And if she does run for the Senate, Green would be the huge favorite to take her seat in Congress. Whatever Marsha decides, we will likely see Mark Green on the ballot in 2018 – and sitting in Washington as Senator or Congressman come 2019.
But while Corker’s attacks on Trump, and the President’s tweet blasting Corker has turned this race upside down, Marsha does not have unlimited time to make a decision. With Green and others chomping at the bit, any attempt to “freeze the field” for more than a couple of weeks or so could result in her being left out in the cold.
Rocky Top makes no prediction about what will happen, other than the speculation about Blackburn sure makes politics fun again in Tennessee. After all, “Speculation is RTP’s recreation.”
[Editors’ note to Marsha: If you talk to Ward — and we assume you will – just remember, he’s on Corker’s payroll
Just hours after Rocky Top posited the notion that Bob Corker’s attacks on President Trump could be a problem for him in the GOP primary, this happened:
** SPECIAL REPORT**
Is Bob Corker begging for a serious primary opponent?
And will Zach Wamp be that opponent?
Corker calls Trump “unstable” and “not competent” to be president.
For a guy who spends alternate efforts sucking up to, then vilifying President Trump, Sen. Bob Corker may have finally crossed a line from which he cannot return. Speaking before a gaggle of reporters last week, Corker took a personal and particularly vile swipe at Trump. Worse, he then doubled down at a Columbia luncheon, further criticizing the man from whom he had shamelessly begged for a big administration position. Trump wisely turned him away from working for the White House.
Then to put the left-wing seal of approval on Corker’s gratuitous attacks, none other than Tennessean liberal political columnist, Mr./Mrs. David Plazas published a hearty “Bravo, Senator Corker” editorial.
Such an editorial could be a kiss of death for the Little Napoleon come primary day.
For at the same time Corker was trashing Trump, working beneath the placid waters of the feverish swamp known as ChattaVegas, came word there may be a very credible opponent for Corker starting to stir:
It started with a recent op-ed penned by Wamp in the Chattanooga Times-Free Press. In that article Wamp focused on Trump’s central theme: “Drain the swamp in Washington.” He led off with a specific example:
“Who among average Americans believes it is ethical for lawmakers to actively day trade stocks in companies when they have legislative power to directly affect those same industries?”
That appeared to be a very thinly veiled swipe at one of the most notorious senate day-traders of all time: Bob Corker. (You can read about Corker’s day trading of CBL stock here).
Wamp then followed that with radio and national news interviews calling for higher standards and ethics in Washington — while sounding very much like a politician rediscovering his mojo.
RTP has received several tips from our spies in Chattanooga claiming the rumblings are real. So as we try to decipher the credibility of the rumors, here are some deadly serious things for Wamp (and Corker) to consider:
“Fool me once.” Most people have probably forgotten that Wamp had made careful preparations to run for the Senate in 2006, even going so far as informing leadership of his intention to leave the House and staying out of the 2002 senate and governors races. Then Corker muddied the field and jumped in first, forcing Wamp to reconsider. Wamp never forgot what Corker did. Revenge is a dish best served cold.
Wamp is the better candidate. Corker carries a diffident air about him that borders on disdain for those he considers beneath him. Not so, Wamp. After 16 years serving in the “peoples house” as congressman, and a hard-fought race for Governor in 2010, Wamp is battle tested and — we assume — tan, rested & ready. Wamp is a populist with deep ties to the religious community in the state, while Corker is an arrogant multi-millionaire who suffers from short-man’s syndrome. And Wamp’s entry into the race would likely clear the field of other candidates like Joe Carr.
Corker is vulnerable – damned vulnerable. Recent polls show he is one of the most untrusted political figures in the state. One poll showed Marsha Blackburn, with less than half of Corker’s name ID among Republicans, would start a race against him in a dead heat. That’s not good for Bob.
Also making Corker highly vulnerable is his myriad of personal financial dealings that have made him a wealthy man – dealings which are highly unethical and legally suspect. Corker has largely skated on multiple charges of financial impropriety while in office — so far — but RTP sources say the corruption is very real, including two formal complaints against Corker still languishing in the Senate “Ethics” Committee.
The Trump factor. Corker has probably screwed himself with the one person who dominates every primary race in Tennessee: Donald Trump. Corker’s sneering insults have crossed the line and candidates who are perceived as anti-Trump are going to have YUGE problems in a GOP primary.
Of course, those who have tried to predict what Trump might do in a primary have been repeatedly surprised by Trump (Mo Brooks in Alabama couple of weeks ago comes to mind). So hedge your bets accordingly.
MONEY — the most important consideration. Corker has made tens of millions for his own personal bank account while ostensibly working full-time as a U.S. senator. That, and a $6 million campaign war chest has thus far scared off people such as Blackburn and State Senator Mark Green.
So where would Wamp find the hefty funds needed to take on Corker? Glad you asked. It appears that for the last several years, Corker has been shilling for Wells Fargo’s interests while simultaneously trying to help the Obama administration steal money from Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac to pay for Obamacare. All this while overseeing the financial and housing industries from his perch on the Senate Banking & Housing Committee. That has royally pissed off a whole host of hedge fund managers and financial types whose clients (as well as taxpayers) lost billions when Corker and Sen. Mark Warner participated in one of the biggest taxpayer thefts in history.
Conservative estimates are that anywhere from $5 – $6 million in direct contributions and independent expenditures from the financial community awaits a credible candidate like Wamp – more than enough to mount a competitive race. And Wamp could legitimately allow the financial communities’ money into his race and still maintain his position as an ethical reformer simply by refusing to serve on the Senate Banking Committee – problem solved.
So there you have it: Wamp has Motivation, Opportunity and Resources to take on Corker in a GOP primary and to win.
Will he do it? Who knows? But if Wamp gave a race serious consideration, it appears he would have a serious chance, backed by serious money.
Not to mention a terrific platform to help force change in The Swamp.
WE SMELL NAZIS!
(and oddly enough, they smell like Citronella)
One of the bizarre outcomes of the recent rumble in Charlottesville, VA between the odious, mentally-deficient neo-Nazis and their equally violent repugnant socialist/anarchist scumbags was this photo:
Observe the wannabe Adolphs’ attempt to recreate the torchlight parades that terrorized Germany in the 1930’s. Notice anything different?
They are all carrying Tiki Torches!
Yes, the backyard lighting preference of everyone who buys their clothes at Sears has made its way into the violent debate between two imbecilic activist groups. Patios across the mid-Atlantic region went dark because the baby Storm Troopers cornered the market on Tiki Torches from every home project and supply store in a 100 miles radius. What’s next – cross burnings sponsored by Weber grills? Imagine the damage Hitler could have done if he only had a charge card from Home Depot.
On a brighter note, Charlottesville and Albemarle County are now Zika-free.
So here is the question that no one is asking: “Tell us Rocky Top — how does this all relate to Tennessee?” Glad you asked…
It took nary a nano-second for the predictable attempts by the nattering nabobs of left-wing apparatchiks here in Big Orange Country to cynically try and capitalize on a disgrace for which the left shared the responsibility. Yeah. Uh-huh. That’s right. We said it. Trump was correct when he declared a pox on both their houses. The MSM have tried to vilify Trump for having the temerity to state the glaringly obvious, to which we say: “Keep it up, morons and you will single-handedly get Trump for a second term.
So there the commies were: stinking up the Tennessee state capitol by symbolically pissing on the artistically-challenged Nathan Bedford Forrest statue while blithely ignoring the weight, accuracy and lessons of history as well as our veterans’ sacrifices (again, from both sides). Word is they are going to take their silly show on the road to Johnson City and demand Washington County change its name (Washington was a slave owner). Maybe they will burn down Jefferson City along the way (named after another Democrat slave owner) and also tear down the statue of President Andrew Johnson in Greenville. You know –the guy who helped kick-start Amendments 13 (abolishing slavery), 14 (citizenship for all former slaves) and 15 (giving former slaves the right to vote). Why go after the Little Tailor? Because he was a Republican (like Lincoln), or as the left-wing nutcases that rule the Democrat party in this state like to say: “Because, shut up.”
One thing is certain. Yer not gonna find many mosquitos at the next Mein Kampf Kampfire nor the inevitable accompanying Alt-left counter-spasm.
Now if we can just figure out a way to repel both the alt-right and alt-left idiots away from the Volunteer State.
We recommend roach spray.
“Land sakes, Beauregard! The Democrats and the Anty-fa done put a burka on Gen’rul Forrest!
The Antifa Tourist Guide to Chattanooga
According to the political rumor mill, or at least if Joe Carr’s Facebook page is to be believed, the Antifa scumbags are threatening to come to Chattanooga today. The Alt-left internet was abuzz with suggestions for the anarchists to arm themselves and “bring your guns” to Chattanooga:
So learning from the debacle in Charlottesville last weekend, we offer the following suggestions to the Antifa creeps, er, visitors to help make their visit to Chattanooga safer and more memorable.
But first, a note to the White Supremacists: Don’t come to Chattanooga. Byron de la Beckwith is not receiving visitors (he’s dead). And besides, we don’t like you any more than we liked him.
So without further adieu (and in ascending order), here is the
Antifa Visitors Guide to:
14. Here are two Chattanooga icons, Little Debbie and Little Bob Corker. One is a useless confection full of questionable ingredients that is bad for your well-being. The other is a snack cake.
13. Watch the movie “Deliverance” before you come. If you hear banjo music – run. If the hillbillies in the movie don’t bother you, you might want to demand they buy you dinner first, then practice how to “squeal like a pig.”
12. If all the liberals in the U.S. who own guns send them to the Antifa, they will still be out-gunned by one average-size neighborhood in Hixson.
11. If you hear the term “double-wide” know that it is name of a building where people live and not an attempt to fat-shame Rosie O’Donnell.
- Missionary Ridge is the site of a famous Civil War battle and is not a sexual position.
9. Nearby is the historic Trail of Tears. It was created by the co-founder of the Democrat party, Andrew Jackson – best known for being a slave master as well as leading the largest single act of genocide against Native Americans. Walk tall and proud, Democrats. Make sure to bring your pussy hats to lay at the numerous unmarked burial sites along the Trail.
8. Fairyland Country Club on Lookout Mountain: It’s not what you think it is.
7. “Red Bank” is not a segregated financial institution that trades primarily in wampum, nor does it cater only to Communists. It is actually a very nice community west of downtown.
6. When you are in Chattanooga, you are within walking distance of both ALABAMA and GEORGIA. You have been warned. Management is not responsible for anything that happens to you if you get lost and wander across the border.
5. If you see a large cross on top of a building or alongside a road, it is not a sign for a Klan rally being held there that evening.
4. If someone says: “Hold my beer.” Don’t.
3. If somebody says “Hey, y’all – watch this!” it probably means something bad is about to happen. Probably to you.
2. If you see a pick-up truck with a gun rack with no guns in it, call the authorities. It’s likely an indication that some sumbitch is slackin’.
And the NUMBER ONE Antifa tourism suggestion for visiting Chattanooga:
#1. If you see a snake, don’t pick it up. It’s probably on its way to church and besides – doing so would be cultural appropriation.
Enjoy your stay. Then get the hell out of town.
We were just trying to figure out Craig Fitzhugh’s quixotic bid to become the next Democrat nominee to be defeated for governor when the candidate himself announced his candidacy and unveiled his campaign’s logo:
WTF? Was the LGBTQXYZ-whatever rainbow flag copyrighted? Did Fitzhugh use an unemployed Fisher-Price graphic designer to come up with this masterpiece? Or maybe he was inspired by the Dippin’ Dots logo? Our guess is that he, like so many Democrats these days, is just so eat up with political correctness that he and his campaign team were trying to come up with something to invoke “diversity.” That is the concept wherein white liberals try to demonstrate they are “woke” to the plight of minorities by virtue-signaling their woke-ness with every utterance without a clue as to what they are talking about.
This, of course, is the reason Donald Trump was elected president.
Speaking of presidents, we could not help looking at the Fitzhugh logo without remembering George H.W. Bush’s reference to his grandchildren as “the little brown ones.” That was when we noticed the Craigster’s logo did not have any brown dots. Or black dots. Oops.
Time to “woke-up” there, Craig.
Note the re-plaid running tights. No one can accuse Boyd of an original idea for a political stunt. But Lamar stole his idea for walking across the state from former Florida Governor “Walkin’ Lawton” Chiles, so we guess we can overlook the political plagiarism.
Overlooking the $250,000 contribution from Boyd to La Raza will take a bigger effort, though.
Run, Senor Randy, Run!