CNN: Corker (maybe) thinking about reversing course on retirement

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker tours Mars Petcare on Aug. 22, 2017. (Photo credit: Corker Senate office.)

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker tours Mars Petcare on Aug. 22, 2017. (Photo credit: Corker Senate office.)

Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker has been talking to colleagues about the possibility of reconsidering his announced retirement, according to a CNN report.

The details are sketchy, even within the context of the anonymous rumor mongering typical of Washington political reporting. CNN says there’s disagreement about whether Corker has initiated the talks about his political future, or if the subject just came up when it was raised by colleagues who want him to run again.

(Update: The Tennessean has spoken to a top Corker adviser, who says: “It is true that Senator Corker has been encouraged by people across Tennessee and in the Senate to reconsider his decision, but at this point nothing has changed.”)

According to CNN’s original report, the re-election the issue has been discussed several times with fellow Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander and with South Carolina Sen. Linsey Graham,

It’s also come up with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, which CNN finds to be a dilemma because it says the GOP establishment has “quickly rallied behind Rep. Marsha Blackburn” since he announced he wouldn’t run again and that she already has “support across the party’s often fractious spectrum.”

That’s a narrative the Blackburn camp certainly would endorse, but the facts on the ground may be a bit more complicated. Blackburn faces Rep. Stephen Fincher, the gospel signing farmer from Frog Jump, in the primary. Fincher hasn’t quite hit the ground running at the speed and organization of the Blackburn camp, but he’s hardly a non-factor in the race. And if Corker were to get back in with just over five months until early voting, it would throw the whole contest into disarray.

One major factor in Corker’s decision may be how he could weather the political fallout in a GOP primary from his past feud with President Donald Trump. CNN says that McConnell feels that if Corker really wants to return to the race, he would need to get Trump to give his stamp of approval. But according to one of the CNN sources, “Trump will have no part in it.”

Interestingly, the Blackburn-supporting Club for Growth polled a hypothetical matchup between the congresswoman and the incumbent in January and found that Blackburn would have 63-25 lead over Corker. The survey did not ask about a theoretical three-way race.

Note: Corker still had more than $6.2 million in his campaign account as of Dec. 31, according to his latest filing. That’s after refunding almost $1.8 million in donations during the last quarter of 2017.

15 Responses to CNN: Corker (maybe) thinking about reversing course on retirement

  • Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Run Bob run, make our day!!! For once conservatives will have the joy of watching you and Fincher split the vote of the centrists/tepid conservatives while Marsha Blackburn gets the votes of conservatives as you are voted out of office. Much more of a fitting ending to your miserable career in the Senate than simply retiring like a gentleman.

    • Leslie Parsley says:

      Are you Republicans always so kind and respectful to each other? Asking for a friend.

      • Stuart I. Anderson says:

        Great question Leslie. The majority of members of the Republican Party are well educated and politically sophisticated so, as you would expect, there is much diversity of opinion in the Party as one faction competes for control of the Party with another. This competition often leads to rather heated debate between Party members. Understandably Democrats are often taken aback by this internal Republican bickering because they have the good fortune of being more or less uniformly leftists who have long since had “Scoop” Jackson moderates in the Party die off or given up hope and become independents or, I’m sorry to say, centrist Republicans.

        Please tell your friend that there’s nothing to worry about. What the overwhelming number of Republicans can agree about is that the resolutely leftward migration of the Democratic Party makes voting Democrat for any office, any time, or even staying home on election day out of the question.

    • James White says:

      Marsha Blackburn is a Big Spender, Big War, Big International Agreements, Big Spying on Americans. She is NeoCon Deep State. NO to Her.

      • Stuart I. Anderson says:

        And therefore who is James White is going to vote for in order to do his part to prevent Chuck Schumer and his sullen band of leftists from gaining control of the U.S. Senate?

        • James White says:

          James White will vote for the best-qualified person that supports the constitution. What difference if Chuck Schumer or Marsha Blackburn destroys our country? NeoCon Republicans and Democrats are all the same. I will not vote for ‘the lesser’ of evil.

          • Stuart I. Anderson says:

            Temperamentally speaking I understand and sympathize. Through my teen years I engaged in behavior that my mother called “cutting my nose to spite my face.” It gave me short-term satisfaction, but as I matured I began to see that long-term it was rather unproductive.

            I don’t know anyone running for U. S. Senate next August who shares your interpretation of the U. S. constitution, do you? Certainly no one who has the slightest chance of getting elected. By voting record and rhetorically Marsha comes closest to your strict constructionist ideal though admittedly she is very far away. I’m sorry to say you are on your way to not casting a meaningful vote for U. S. Senate this year. That puts a smile on every liberal’s face who knows your intentions but I think its sad.

  • Sheldon Kripkee says:

    Wow. Rarely have I ever seen such an overwhelmingly incorrect analysis of Democrats, Tennessee or otherwise. Nor have I ever seen Trump voters described as “sophisticated.” Well, I suppose it is diversity that makes the world such an interesting place.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Sheldon, you haven’t been paying close enough attention. The big news of 2016 was how “Trump voters,” as you describe them, invaded the Republican primaries to vote for their heart throb while what I referred to as the “members of the Republican Party” split their vote among the other candidates. I call these people “Trumpidians,” after the Branch Davidians cultists, and all they do is support Trump through all of his broken field running through the issues. Most Trumpidians weren’t particularly interested in politics before Trump and they just as well might have historically been Democrats as Republicans, thus I don’t feel the presence of Trumpidians in any way refutes what I said about “[t]he majority of members of the Republican Party.”

    • j calloway says:

      Tennessee Democrats are irrelevant. It is like a hammer analyzing the fly it is about to squash. Not really needed.

  • j calloway says:

    Both Phil bredesen and Marsha Blackburn would easily take out Corker in either the general election or the primary. Corker has burned too many bridges with the Republican base in Tennessee.

  • Eric says:

    The RINO claims this is BS and he’s not running for re-election

  • Barry M says:

    Sounds like Bredesen is up for this!

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  • MademoisailesA says:

    Bob Corker”(R-TN)  told The Tennessean “It is true that Senator Corker has been encouraged by people across Tennessee and in the Senate to reconsider his decision, but at this point nothing has changed,” (emphasis added) when asked to respond to a CNN report earlier on Sunday filed by John King that rumors are circulating on Capitol Hill that junior Senator Bob Corker is ‘having second thoughts’ about retirement: CNN is told that in recent days. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee has floated the idea of changing his mind and running for re-election this year. Now sources tell us fellow Tennessean Lamar Alexander and South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham are among those who discussed the idea with Senator Corker. But – and this is a big ‘but’ – when the idea was broached to the Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, his response, we are told is, it’s a non-starter unless Senator Corker can get President Trump on board. You might recall last year, Corker questioned the President’s competence and in return, he earned the Twitter nickname, ‘Liddle Bob Corker.

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