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When I saw Bob Corker's newest campaign
ad, I was speechless! The gist of the ad is:
MY life has been filled with many financial
successes, but until I joined a christian
mission to help the needy in haiti,
something was missing. When I returned to
Chattanooga from the mission in Haiti, I
freely gave to the needy in Chattanooga's
inner city. My charity got me the job as
Mayor of Chattanooga then Senator. Vote
for me because I'm a one man charity
machine! If I didn't know any better, I would
have thought he was running for congress
in an inner-city district. He's not, obviously.
His constituency is the stereotypical
southern, ultra conservative. These are the
main points of his ad:
 1) Building his business wasn't satisfying
enough for him, so he joined a church
mission to help the needy in Haiti.
2) When he returned from Haiti, he
suddenly noticed that the inner city of
Chattanooga had similar needs to Haiti, so
he got to work " helping the needy here!"
3) He made a difference for thousands of
families by giving them the opportunity for a
decent home & a better life!
4) All of his altruistic endeavors led to his
election as mayor of Chattanooga, which led
to the Senate.
5) Looking back, knowing he made a
difference by creating an environment for
others to achieve success was the most
satisfying feeling of all!
So, he wants us to vote for him b/c he cares
soooo much, works sooooo hard, gives so
consistently to the under privileged (& goes
to church)? Yet he goes to Washington to
make sure the govt isn't able to do those
same things that he touts as his
What does this say about him as a person?
Or how he views the electorate? What does
it say about those who vote for him? This is
just baffling to me. I would really like to
know the psychology of this.

Originally posted to on Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 07:31 PM PDT.

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  •  I saw my first Corker lawn sign today. (4+ / 0-)
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    jnhobbs, bythesea, Larsstephens, ichibon

    It was on the property of an elementary school.  Public property.  That figures.

    He will be re-elected of course, but as for me, I have his emails filtered as spam, along with my congressman.  

    The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. - Sun Tzu

    by Otteray Scribe on Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 07:49:14 PM PDT

  •  The ads are repulsive. (3+ / 0-)

    I couldn't believe what I was seeing the first time. Just a man full of love. Right.

  •  Well, I just had a look at the election results (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    ichibon, JKTownsend, Otteray Scribe

    for Rutherford County, and was greatly dismayed to see
    that Clayton had won for the chance to be defeated by Corker.

    I can't view this ideology, or perspective as anything near
    progressive. This is from, I suppose, his 'concession'
    message to his supporters after his failed 2008 campaign:

    "I am deeply grateful for your support and pledge to continue my work to defend Tennesseans from the North American Union, National ID cards, illegal trade deals like NAFTA, radical homosexual lobbying groups who want to get in the Boy Scouts, and terrorists who are hiding in the Army."
    This sounds like something a Tea Party Republican might
    believe. I guess a write in may be the wise move here.

    I have no other ideas as to where this candidate might
    stand on the general Democratic platform, as he doesn't
    seem to feel it is important enough to mention on his site.

    There remains so much work yet to do here.

    Thanks for all of your efforts

  •  The Corker ads are retreads from 2006 ... (2+ / 0-)
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    Otteray Scribe, DarkestHour

    ... these "Haiti mission" spots alternated with the notorious "Call me, Harold" spots in the race against Democrat Harold Ford. As I recall, Corker only won by two percent of the vote the first time around. He's assured of re-election this cycle, so why not recycle the older feel-good TV spots? But, yeah, the hypocrisy is astounding. Corker's record is one of talking the bipartisan game, of publicly declaring that he is an independent thinker, but every vote taken in the Senate by Corker is right in line with Mitch McConnell.

    Ah, my friends from the prison, they ask unto me, "how good, how good does it feel to be free? " And I answer them most mysteriously, "are birds free from the chains of the skyway? " (Bob Dylan)

    by JKTownsend on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 05:12:04 AM PDT

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