Oct 8 2017
11:07 am
By: Mike Knapp  shortURL

10/8/17 11:13am

It's a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.

Sen. Corker tweet

Updated - Later, same day
NYT - Bob Corker Says Trump’s Recklessness Threatens ‘World War III’

All but inviting his colleagues to join him in speaking out about the president, Mr. Corker said his concerns about Mr. Trump were shared by nearly every Senate Republican.

“Look, except for a few people, the vast majority of our caucus understands what we’re dealing with here,” he said, adding that “of course they understand the volatility that we’re dealing with and the tremendous amount of work that it takes by people around him to keep him in the middle of the road.”

bizgrrl's picture

Good for him.

Good for him.

(Anonymous)'s picture

It’s sad this has gone to a federal level.

That’s what I’ve been saying about the Tennessee legislature for years.

Andy Axel's picture

Too bad

that it means nothing in the moment and means nothing going forward.

Anyone looking for a GOP hero needs to look elsewhere. Corker's a shill from head to toe.

Herb's picture


I don't get this fanboy stuff for Corker.

Knoxoasis's picture

Enemy of my enemy

Enemy of my enemy

Herb's picture




Corker is scum.

Knoxoasis's picture

The exigencies of the moment.

The exigencies of the moment.

Andy Axel's picture

I'll go for your exigencies

I'll go for your exigencies the moment that Corker breaks with Trump or the GOP on legislation, and not this neener-neener Pee Wee Herman BS. Independence means more than an unkind tweet.

Knoxoasis's picture

A pox on both their houses

A pox on both their houses then?

But in the vein of my original comment, see the comments below, which perfectly illustrate it.

Mike Knapp's picture

Corker in late Sunday NYT

Jonathan Martin & Mark Landler in the NYT - Bob Corker Says Trump’s Recklessness Threatens ‘World War III’

Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, charged in an interview on Sunday that President Trump was treating his office like “a reality show,” with reckless threats toward other countries that could set the nation “on the path to World War III.”

Mike Knapp's picture

James Fallows in the Atlantic posits the helpful, obvious

It’s What Bob Corker Does Next That Counts

This situation is not normal. It is not safe. And the group which for now has a monopoly on legislative and investigative power in Washington, Corker’s own Republican Party, has an obligation to the country’s past and its future to do something about it. Talk is better than nothing, but action is what counts

(Anonymous)'s picture

It is good that a Republican

It is good that a Republican Senator is finally speaking the truth about Trump. It is a shame that it takes retiring to give someone elected to Congress the guts to stand up for what is right. Men and women who represent the citizens of our country in Congress have a moral responsibility to condemn a dishonest and crazy person that threatens our democracy and could cause World War III. Corker reveals what is obvious to any reasonable person. The overwhelming majority of Congress thinks Trump is mentally ill and a dangerous leader. The only reason most are not speaking out is fear of not being re-elected. It is disappointing that many good and decent members of Congress are not taking a moral stand against a mentally unstable President. I hope they all will grow a spine soon before it is too late.

(Anonymous)'s picture

Also, It would be great if

Also, It would be great if Tennessee's other Senator would speak up and defend and support Corker in his feud with Trump. Of course, he probably has already decided to run for re-election in 2020.

Mike Daugherty

Memphis Slim's picture

I find Corker's Senior Center remarks highly offense

Having recently place my mother into a Senior Center, with numberous daily activities for those struggling with Dimentia, I find Corker's remarks wholly and completely insensitive to those care facilities that attempt to bring a quality of life to those struggling with mental memory impairment and disease. Corker's elitist life and attitudes no longer represent the values of rank and file hard working Tennesseans and he should go back to Chattanooga count his millions, count his blessings, and find something else to do other than offend people with his insensitive and short (he is very short) sighted remarks.

Rog's picture

Senior Center

Wonderful satire Memphis Slim. Dementia seems to be a common trait among Trump and his cult.

bizgrrl's picture

Trump no longer wants to

Trump no longer wants to compare IQs with Tillerson, Sec. of State. It was a joke. Well, duh!

Mike Knapp's picture

As usual Esquire's indispensable Charles Pierce nails it

Bob Corker Is Responsible for Trumpism, Too

Habitues of the shebeen better get used to this right now because I have a feeling we're going to be seeing a lot of this. Desperate conservative Republicans trying to get out from under this president* by pretending they weren't complicit in the entire decades-long accommodation with unreason and fanaticism that made a president* like him not only possible, but inevitable. We're going to see a lot of people claiming immunity from the prion disease with bits of the monkeybrains still visible on their chins. We will not be buying this here in this establishment, nor will we be buying the argument that "reasonable conservatives" will save us from the catastrophe in which they all are wholly complicit, and that certainly includes Bob Corker, who thought Scott Pruitt was aces for the EPA job, and who thought Merrick Garland unfit for the Supreme Court because a Democratic president had nominated him, and who is now crawling from the wreckage he helped create.

M. L. Daugherty's picture

I have never agreed with

I have never agreed with Corker's politics or the political philosophy of any Republican. This is the first time I can remember agreeing with Corker on anything. But when anybody is critical of Trump,it is a good thing. It is obvious that most Republicans in Congress realize that Trump is mentally unstable and a threat to our democracy and is someone that could start World War III. It is a shame that members of Congress value their re-election more than the future of our country. There are a few decent misguided Republicans, including John McCain and some of my family and friends that have not done the right thing and taken a strong stand against Trump's dishonest and evil actions. I hope that they will see the light very soon before it is too late.

Andy Axel's picture

Standing with the GOP agenda

while pretending to be offended by Trump is the eye of the needle for the 2018 campaign season.

"I was for Trump before I was against Trump... but I'm not really against Trump so much as I'm against how Trump is polling."

bizgrrl's picture



Mike Knapp's picture

Eyes and tipping points of needles


The Course of Empire: Destruction, 1836 - Thomas Cole

Perhaps the eye only exists when one is running for re-election in a red-state, not so much when tapping out.

Corker is an easy target on policy and enabling like when he applauded the foreign policy that he now so fervently opposes.

I would suggest the necessary question is - how is Trump removed from office? Beyond the most tribal minds, more and more, like Corker, are coming late to - but nevertheless arriving at - the point where they've seen enough to strongly consider what happens when a malignant like Trump unravels, has a psychotic split and sets the world on fire because he "hates everyone." Minus the russian trolls, to many (most?) of us in these pages that he was unfit for office was apparent back when the earth formed. However the likelihood of the left wing of the political spectrum doing anything about Trump's removal in the vital near term is about as likely as (insert UT football joke here ________). This is where, as much as we dislike him for solid reasons, a guy like Corker comes into play. As Bannon knows all too well, the threat of impeachment is lower than the threat that Trump is ousted by his cabinet in a 13 to 24 vote employing the 25th amendment. The opportunist who is also the chair of the Senate foreign relations prolly has a little sway with those folks.

David Frum happened to put it decently recently on O'Donnell's show saying there is a "sick and perverse dynamic" where "the tipping point is always the people who are the biggest opportunists, when you lose the opportunists then you're really in trouble".

Clearly the President* (h/t Charles P) has lost at least one those for the moment. What remains to be seen is whether he acts differently for an important second or just yawns mouth full of prion infested monkey brains dribbling onto his chin. As much as I can't stand the guy politically he's got a much better shot than any Democratic or Democratic Socialist Senator convincing the cabinet that Trump is dangerous an observation which is not exactly of the peanut gallery variety.

Andy Axel's picture

Corker's still in office

for a year & change.

We'll see how he mans the barricades during that interval.

Mike Knapp's picture

yep, no doubt, no breath holding here

I suppose in the meanwhile we can do what we do, canvassing, for myself writing an occasional long winded blog comment, slinging a few ducats to decent organizations / candidates and watching for the winter birds to move in. Cheers

Rachel's picture

That's the best comment I've

That's the best comment I've heard yet.

Look, I think his concern is real. Waiting till now to go public with it is gutless. But better late than never.

He said something that needed to be said. I'm not a Corker fan, but I do give some credit for that.

Treehouse's picture

Next up?

Could Corker have split because he's planning to run against Trump in the next primary?

Mike Knapp's picture


and the symbolism of his retirement announcement the day Roy Moore won the primary in AL is more than coincidence IMO.

cafkia's picture

Well, my political

Well, my political prognosticatory abilities have been tested and found wanting so feel free to disagree but, I just can't see Corker making a serious run in the primary or otherwise. He is not red meat enough for the evil morons on the far reich-wing and he is far too reich-wing for the independents and disaffected Dems it would take to put him over the top. About all he has going for him is that he isn't Trump but that would also be his primary weakness (see what I did there?).

Up Goose Creek's picture

Speech coach

I had assumed Corker retired because A) the Kochs were primarying him and B) he polled at 30% in TN.

I'm not sure how the Moore primary win contributed. Does it mean Corker isn't mean enough to win the TN R vote?

No doubt in my mind he will be running for Prez. For a while in early 2016 Corker was on all the talk shows and it seemed he was auditioning for the job. But too many ums and ers. The man needs eloquence coaching.

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