So Bill Haslam may run for the Senate.
Question: Will his announcement come BEFORE or AFTER his brother is indicted for fraud?
When you are worth a gazillion dollars, your family owns an NFL team and you are sitting in the governor’s chair, you can excuse one for thinking one’s excrement is odorless.
But Bill Haslam is in for a very rude shock if he thinks he can just effortlessly slide into the U.S. Senate by utilizing the strategy employed by Hillary (“It’s Her Turn”) Clinton.
In just a couple of weeks, the Haslam Family business is going to go on trial. And logic would indicate that the defendants in that trial are likely tripping over each other trying to be the first to cut a deal with prosecutors to roll over on the only senior Pilot executive who has not been indicted or pled guilty – Jimmy Haslam. This could get real ugly real fast. And such a political tsunami is likely to wash over Bill Haslam’s senate candidacy.
But even a criminal scandal in the family is not likely to be the worst of Bill Haslam’s travails in securing the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate.
Bill, do you remember Donald Trump?
Well President Trump sure as hell remembers you:
“It is time for the good of the nation and the Republican Party for Donald Trump to step aside and let Gov. Mike Pence assume the role as the party’s nominee. If he does not step aside, I will write in a Republican for the office of President.”
— Bill Haslam, Oct. 9, 2016, just 28 days before Donald Trump was elected president.
Yeah, Kid. Piss off the only candidate in history who won 94 of 95 counties in a contested Tennessee Republican primary. That’s sure to work ….
Bob Corker: “The Lion of the Senate.”
RTP is in the uncomfortable position of agreeing (at least partially) with the miscreants at the Nashville Scene. Specifically, the column by Betsy (“oh look, I can curse like a sailor – that makes me one of the kool kids”) Phillips who said Bob Corker is a coward if he doesn’t run for re-election.
Let’s make sure we understand Miss Phillips’ motives here. She hates Bob Corker. But she hates Donald Trump even more (“Haters gonna hate, hate, hate”). The only reason she wants Corker to run is because he took some recent nasty shots at Trump and in her perverted antifa view of the world, that makes Corker a friend of the left. That, plus the fact her Democrat Party couldn’t win this race even if the Republican nominee died two weeks before election day.
But putting aside ulterior motives by the politically-challenged Phillips, she does have a point.
Apparently, all it takes to get Bob Corker to soil himself is a Trump tweet and a brief mention by Steve Bannon. Who knew it could be that easy? If we had known, RTP could have forced the Bobster out of the race months ago and avoided his current shameful Hamlet act.
Rocky Top has disagreed on countless issues with the ethically-challenged, morally suspect Little Napoleon senator, but there is one thing we never considered:
We never suspected Corker might be a coward. Until now.
The curious case of the altered headline.
A couple of days ago, the Washington Times had this headline:
Within hours, the Times had altered its headline (although the original headline was still embedded in the link):
See the difference? Alert (or as the alt-left likes to say: “woke”) RTP tipsters contacted our tip line (firstname.lastname@example.org) and pointed out the change. A couple offered some theories. RTP has a theory of its own.
First, no one believes the Washington Times is closely monitoring or covering an obscure, 3-time-loser, perennial candidate like Joe Carr. It is much more likely the story was planted by one of Carr’s two allies (Judson, check your messages). But in their haste to promote Carr, they made an amateur mistake — one that could cause the nascent Carr campaign a substantial headache.
Here’s why: If you go with the first headline, where the Times says Carr “WILL” run against Corker and using Carr’s quotes to confirm this statement, then Carr just formally announced for the Senate. That could mean under FEC rules, Carr’s T-Bone & Politics fundraiser next week could run into legal problems and/or that the proceeds could not be use by Carr for his campaign or his personal use. At a minimum. a host of reporting complications would also arise – such as requiring Carr to report on October 15th how much he has actually raised as of September 30th (which would reveal how much – or how little – Carr has raised and what he spent it on)
The Times did not alter its headline on its own. No, we think that was clearly the result of Carr or his representative hurriedly trying to cover his behind and get back to safer legal ground.
The Times article went on to highlight Carr’s 9-point defeat by Lamar Alexander in 2014, while conveniently ignoring his 32-point loss to Diane Black just last year.
For his part, Carr says he “learned his lesson from 2014” and that he will “have his ducks lined up” this time. No mention of all the “dead ducks” that floated to the top of his disastrous 2016 congressional race.
All-in-all, a rather inauspicious way to begin one’s campaign – assuming of course that it is actually a real campaign.
“Now you see it – now you don’t” might be a preview to the Joe CarrWreck for Senate campaign.