Bob Corker retires from the Senate

September 27, 2017

Republicans will have to defend another Senate seat in 2018, with the surprise announcement that Bob Corker is leaving after just two terms. Corker chairs the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and it’s unusual for a politician to walk away from that kind of power so soon (many have stayed until they had to be removed from office by pall bearers.) But Corker said he believes in the “citizen legislator” model and told people when he first ran that he couldn’t imagine serving more than two terms.

While Corker likely would have won reelection in Tennessee – if he won the primary - it was not shaping up to be a cakewalk of a campaign. There was a high probability that he would have faced a conservative primary challenger because of the base’s anger at the Senate for its utter failure to keep its promises to voters on Obamacare, border security and other major issues.

Corker was also particularly vulnerable because his name was attached like old chewing gum to the Corker Amendment, which may go down as one of the worst strategic blunders in Congressional history. It might have seemed clever at the time, but it ultimately gave away the Senate’s Constitutional power to declare Obama’s disastrous Iran nuclear deal a treaty requiring two-thirds approval. Instead, Obama was allowed to make the deal, and the Senate could only kill it afterwards with a two-thirds “no” vote, which was impossible when Democrats held nearly half the seats.

It is ironic that Obama is so proud of his Iran nuclear deal that he points to it as a major part of his legacy. Meanwhile, on the other side, just having your name tangentially connected to it is the electoral equivalent of cement shoes.

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  • James Carnine

    09/30/2017 06:04 PM

    Gov. Huckabee,
    I don't know who else to tell this to but I'd assume you can contact Judge Moore about the following:

    I'd like you to know I tried to give a Judge Moore a $100 donation a week ago and I tried again today and neither one went through. I filled out everything properly, no errors, and when I hit the red "Donation" button nothing happened. It just set there. I tried again and the same thing.

    Jim Carnine
    Lincoln, CA

  • Michael Conboy

    09/30/2017 07:58 AM

    Let's change the constitution and set up the House of Representatives the same way we currently panel jurors. Maximum 2 year stint. Current job is held for them. Pay and per diem only benes. Who knows, we might even get some talent in the House and no one would be there long enough to milk the system.

  • James Carnine

    09/30/2017 05:36 AM

    Love your humor, Governor, when you make political commentary. You do great work as does Sarah. Two very bright spots on the dark pall being cast upon America by the Left as they try to bring down our President whom, by the way, was given to America by a miracle, in my opinion, to get us out of the political muck and mire we've gotten ourselves into since we kicked God out of our political institutions. I believe this is our last chance to get back on track and short of that I know we will go down as a country due to what's transpired the past 50 years, and especially the last eight, as that has been a catastrophe.

    When we go down Pax Americana will come to an end and in my further opinion the real End will come.

    Thanks for all your efforts Governor, you do good work and God bless you and your family. Sonething good did come out of Arkansas after all.

    Jim Carnine Lincoln, CA

  • William E Perry

    09/30/2017 01:21 AM

    I lived in the Chattanooga area for 38 years. I knew of Bob Corkers career in business as well as politics. At that time he was a upright business man and a true representative of the people who elected him to office. However I saw a tremendous change in him when he was elected into the Senate. He became a semi member of the elite group in DC. Many people also saw the change and were disappointed. I am not so sure he would have won another term, and I think he realized that.

  • Walter Nowak

    09/29/2017 11:45 AM

    No real loss. I thought Sen Corker was an establishment Republican. We need people in the Senate that are with Pres Trump to make America great again.

  • Louis V Salvador

    09/28/2017 10:55 PM

    Sir, Hopefully we can lose more of the "dead wood" and get some folks in the Senate that will promote POTUS agenda. Thank You for all you do! Love your daughter in her role!

  • Bob Cook

    09/28/2017 01:16 PM

    Recent betrayals by people such as John McCain, Bob Corker, Lisa Murkowski, and Susan Collins who were elected by voters 'to represent' based on their campaign promises have finally persuaded me to look for alternatives to an 'R' or a 'D' on the ballot. The Corker amendment was even more outrageous than John McCain's 'thumbs down' gesture because it gave away The Senate's checks & balances power regarding the now infamous Iran deal.

  • Rosalie Gilliland

    09/28/2017 01:07 PM

    We can only hope that Corker's leaving will start a trend. It would be great if the entrenched "career" politicians were replaced by patriotic visionaries.

  • Darlene Huffman

    09/28/2017 12:38 PM

    Leaves office a multi millionaire through doing favors for special groups. He is part of the swamp. Sadly most of Washington is dishonest.

  • Karen Kempf

    09/28/2017 11:00 AM

    I think it is right for Mr. Corker to step down as should all politicians after 2 terms. If they cant then we the people need to put term limits on all seats. You are voted in to serve the people not to make a career of it and get rich.

  • Sue Edmark

    09/28/2017 10:32 AM

    Its sad to see someone give up so fast after a new administration. Fighting for a seat is not what we need right now. We need to rise up in prayer to get this country back on it's feet! (or both knees)! I am also tired of having to hide who I support! I should be able to put a Trump sign out in front of my house without someone taking upon themselves to remove it and cause damage! I say good luck to Mr. Corker! Pray for us!

  • Rob Davis

    09/28/2017 10:06 AM

    only because he wants to try to run for president. i am from chattanooga tennessee, we can't stand him, when he was mayor he spent this town broke with his so called revitalization projects that we didn't need and couldn't really afford. But he didn't care he was a land developer before he got lucky enough to be elected mayor. Bob corker only cares about himself and what he wants to do. he is not presidential material he wasn't even mayoral material. Bob always makes mistakes and regrets it after the people have had to suffer for it.

  • Debbie Joslin

    09/28/2017 09:57 AM

    Two terms is enough for everyone. He made a strategic blunder in the Corker Amendment but if he had stayed, it may become infinitely worse. He is throwing in the towel because legislating is a harder job than he thought. Right now, I'm wishing more do nothing Republicans would throw in the towel or start getting something done. And I'm NOT referring to French Hill's candy cane legislation about the homes of the Little Rock Nine.