Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Reshuffling the GOP dance card

It's been no surprise to hear and see "Mr. Ed" Bryant and "Van dame" Hilleary go at Bob Corker for being a Democrat in GOP clothing. After all, the facts are on their side when it comes to Corker's pro-choice/pro-life election year conversions, not to mention his tendancy to trash talk taxes while raising them as Mayor.
But what's up with Corker's new TV spot attacking his primary opponents by name?
Corker - the candidate who presumably has left his two primary opponents eating dust as he raced ahead of them in recent polls - has unleashed a buffet of attacks on Bryant and Hilleary.
The new Corker spot levels a series of body slams on the two for allowing illegal aliens to invade our homeland, for raising their own pay as members of Congress and for being registered lobbyists.
It seems strange that Corker would take this tact, given the fact that his own camp claims they have the primary all locked up. Attacks like these don't exactly sit well with primary opponents you may need on your side post-primary, especially opponents who represent a wing of your own party you will need to court as a prospective general election nominee.
Also, it seems the new Corker attacks serve to lay open Corker's own vulnerabilities as a potential general election nominee.
Wanna talk illegal immigrants Bob? Remember your company's hiring of illegals to build an apartment complex in Memphis?
Wanna talk pay raises Bob? Remember raising your own pay as Mayor of Chattanooga when budgets were tight?
Wanna talk registered lobbyists Bob? Remember hustling $$ from Washington's K Street lobbyists to pay for the very TV spots that now slam lobbyists?
The new Corker ad ends with a line about "career politicians." Hmm...let's see...a few years serving as Gov. Don "State Income Tax" Sundquist chief fiscal advisor; time spent as Mayor of Chattanooga; time spent running for the U.S. Senate against Bill Frist...guess the word "career" must have some time served benchmark.
Has Corker's multi-million TV, direct mail blitz paid off? We'll know in just a couple of weeks.
Has Corker burned some bridges with the pro-life, conservative wing of his own Party? That depends on Bryant and Hilleary. If they stand by their right wing convictions and want to preserve any credibility or dignity they may possess coming out this contested primary, then the answer is "no way" can Corker expect them to come to his side if he were to become the GOP nominee.
But just when I think I have the partners picked out for this GOP primary dance, the dancers either trip or reshuffle their dance cards.

2 Comments:

Blogger imissbill said...

Oh yeah, now it's getting interesting. Some days there seems to be a plan, but mostly it looks like random name-calling and posturing. How badly will these 3 chew each other up before it's over, and will they support Ford's eventual opponent? I just can't picture Posers 2 and 3 supporting #1 for a GOP show of solidarity, but like they say....strange bedfellows....

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