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October 9, 2015

Corker: No Apologies, Hard Feelings — or BS — for McConnell

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said Thursday he has no regrets about speaking his mind to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in a caucus lunch Wednesday, even though his language was a bit salty.

“Look, you know, some things were said that probably … I don’t know how to respond to it exactly,” Corker told a group of reporters in the Capitol basement. “I really don’t think there are any misgivings. … I think there’s been a lot of misunderstandings about what has transpired over the last week and who all’s been involved, who all hasn’t been involved, and all that.

“I’m really glad what happened yesterday at lunch, as far as my response, I’m glad that that occurred,” he continued. “For what it’s worth, while McConnell may not have been out front, Mitch has been very, very involved all the way through, very. There was no daylight, none. So in an unfortunate and weak moment something happened, and it’s no big deal. I can just assure you that McConnell has been very, very involved every step of the way.”

As CQ Roll Call reported Wednesday, frustration ran high in a closed-door Republican meeting Wednesday, when senators who were involved in negotiating a deal to avert the “nuclear option” on filibuster rules changes felt McConnell was unfairly criticizing them. According to multiple sources, McConnell told the room he was not aware of the deal and could have done better. Corker directed an audible “bullshit” toward the leader in front of his colleagues.

Corker and others, such as Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., have defended their deal saying that it was in the best interest of the caucus, the Senate and the government.

“What I did yesterday was not in a vacuum and I’m glad to be able to be in a position where I can do things that are for the greater good of the Republican Conference, the U.S. Senate, and ultimately, candidly, for the country and that’s what I did yesterday,” Corker said.

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  1. camdenme2

    July 18, 2013
    7:10 p.m.

    Corker can go to hell ! He has become a new RINO !!!

    • Raylusk

      July 18, 2013
      10:26 p.m.

      It’s conservatives like you that are destroying America. You aren’t interested in making America work only in shoving your twisted ideas down everyone’s throat. Us real Americans are done with your type.

      • lyris

        July 19, 2013

        Best not to feed the troll, maybe he’ll give up and go away.

      • camdenme2

        July 19, 2013
        9:37 a.m.

        You libs are just too much !!! Deal with facts and reality !! You are too emotional !

        • PiggysGotTheConch

          July 19, 2013
          9:02 p.m.

          You libs are just too much !!! Deal with facts and reality !! You are too emotional !

          Says the man with the well-worn “Shift” and “1” keys on his keyboard.

          Your “Caps Lock” key appears to be broken, thankfully.

          • camdenme2

            July 19, 2013
            9:10 p.m.

            You trollop

        • JGabriel

          July 20, 2013
          2:43 a.m.

          Camdenme2: You libs are just too much !!! Deal with facts and reality !! You are too emotional !

          Too emotional? This from someone who uses 6 exclamation points in 3 sentences?

          I tell ya’, conservatives are all America-hating drama queens.

          • camdenme2

            July 20, 2013
            4:30 p.m.

            Aren’t u a true POS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • JoeSixpaq

      July 19, 2013
      10:02 a.m.

      There ya go, Sparky. Kick out everyone in your party who’s not a complete whacko. Smart move. Way to broaden your appeal.

      You guys love to talk about “facts and reality” while providing neither.

      • camdenme2

        July 19, 2013
        10:15 a.m.

        Joe,you are way too emotional !!! Go get another sixpak with your EBT card !

        • JoeSixpaq

          July 19, 2013
          11:34 a.m.

          You throw out 3 exclamation marks (well, 4, actually) in a sad attempt to emphasize your inane comment, and I’m the one who is way too emotional? Sure thing, Chuckles, whatever you say. Nothing says calm and rational like exclamation points. If that’s not enough for you, there’s always the caps lock key.

          Nice shot at my screen name. Very clever. No one has ever made that same sort of dumb comment before. You’re a true original. Give yourself a cookie.

          • camdenme2

            July 19, 2013
            12:30 p.m.

            Oh Joe,calm down. Your blood pressure is rising ! Only you libs make dumb comments !!!!!!!!!!! Now,sit back in your chair and crack open a Pabst .

          • JoeSixpaq

            July 19, 2013
            1:20 p.m.

            Great idea, Ensign Exclamation Point. You buying?

          • camdenme2

            July 19, 2013
            1:29 p.m.

            Nope. Don’t drink beer. Only Jack over cracked ice.

          • JoeSixpaq

            July 19, 2013
            1:51 p.m.

            Enjoy, Cracker Jack. JD is crap, and it seems like you’ve had a few already, but hey, whatever dulls the pain…

          • camdenme2

            July 19, 2013
            2:22 p.m.

            Based upon your comments,you are sorely lacking in class! I can see you leaning back in your chair with a Pabst [or is it Knickerbocker/] with a bowl of bullypunkins !

          • JoeSixpaq

            July 19, 2013
            2:34 p.m.

            Based on your comments, you are sorely lacking in teeth and brain cells. I can see you lying in a pool of your own vomit. And I don’t have the slightest idea what a “bullypunkin” is.

          • camdenme2

            July 19, 2013
            2:52 p.m.

            Joe,your not even close in your description. Actually,I’m on my boat at the lake having too much fun messying with you libs !

          • Jake

            July 20, 2013
            2:39 p.m.

            Guess he doesn’t know the six pack is your abs.

  2. lyris

    July 18, 2013
    11:59 p.m.

    Good for you Sen. Corker, it’s about time more and more gop started caring about the American people, although I have a feeling you care more about being reelected but as long as you get off the gop merry-go-round and start thinking sensibly I have to cheer you on.

    I’m just glad my senators are more caring than any of the gop.

    • Gymmer

      Aug. 1, 2013
      10:47 p.m.

      As long as your demo/marxist senators can continually tax and spend other peoples money on you why wouldn’t you like them?

  3. Midge

    July 19, 2013
    10:05 a.m.

    Sounds like Corker is feeling very defensive. His role in the immigration bill was terribly disloyal to the rest of the Republicans. There was no need for him to save a bill that is not going to become law because the House won’t go along with political suicide in 2014. It was Corker’s own ego, his moment to be on tV and get praise from the media. Now, he looks bad and he knows it. And he deserves to look bad. He seems rather childish.

    • JoeSixpaq

      July 19, 2013
      11:36 a.m.

      Well, if he seems rather childish, he should fit in perfectly with the rest of the republicans in Congress.

      Sounds to me like McConnelll is the one who’s being defensive. I don’t blame him, though – he kinda got his butt kicked on this one.

    • Beeker

      July 19, 2013
      11:37 a.m.

      On the contrary, Boehner will be forced to deal with the heat on the immigration legislation. Even though the House will vote on a different bill, it will need to be reconciled with the Senate is where the real pressure will come in. Boehner will tell Sen. Reid “fxxxx you” again because he got trapped the last time around. Boehner is in a weak position right from the start….

  4. Cal

    July 19, 2013
    10:37 a.m.

    What a bunch of f*cking morons….no wonder the country hates them all.

  5. WBCarson

    July 19, 2013
    1:29 p.m.

    Time to throw more of the old bums out and elect some good Tea Party patriots.

  6. Jake

    July 20, 2013
    2:37 p.m.

    “What I did yesterday was not in a vacuum and I’m glad to be able to be
    in a position where I can do things that are for the greater good of the
    Republican Conference, the U.S. Senate, and ultimately, candidly, for
    the country and that’s what I did yesterday,” Corker said.

    Shouldn’t Senator Corker’s responsibilities be first to the country, then to the Senate and finally to the Republican Party rather than the other way around as he stated?

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