Corker the CowardWell, its official folks, Bob Corker is a coward. Ed Bryant proposed to both Van Hilleary and Bob Corker that they participate in what Bryant is calling "Truth Forums." These forums will really function as debates, of course, which means that the candidates will have to lay out their positions on the topic at hand and be forced to answer questions about their record.
Whatever my opinion of Van Hilleary as a candidate in the Primary, he has shown us that he is a real man-he accepted Ed Bryant's invitation to be part of the debate series.
So that means Bob Corker will also be joining in on these important discussions with his intra-party rivals about issues and record that he might defend himself since he is the target of so much bile, right?
Corker's campaign says no way. Yesterday Corker refused to participate with the other Republican candidates.
"We're not going to be a part of what Ed Bryant has laid out and instead are going to continue to participate in serious media-sponsored events."
Apparently, Bob Coward doesn't think a town hall-style forum moderated by a promenent Nashville talk show host qualifies as a "serious media-sponsored event." Does that mean Bob doesn't think that if all three GOP Primary candidates are there, a moderator is there, and a crowd is there that television cameras and radio microphones won't also be there?
Oh, I forgot, the cameras and microphones will be there-so will the people. Corker will be forced to answer for himself, and we will all hear him answer for his record because Hilleary, Bryant, and the crowd will all want to know. "Hey Bob" would become the mantra of these events.
Corker's refusal to be a man comes on the heels of a new Survey USA poll that gives Corker a double-digit lead. Normally, I would find this troubling, but not this time. Why? Because Survey USA did a poll on May 17th that didn't even consider Bob Corker worth a mention, now Corker is in the lead?
For those who don't know, Survey USA is the service WBIR uses and it is an automated polling service that calls numbers at random. Unlike Gallup or Zogby, that have people call your home, Survey USA is totally automated. This new poll comes out a week after every polling service showed Hilleary in the lead by double digits, and two weeks after two polling services showed Ed Bryant in the lead, and Corker losing badly in a distant third.
This poll comes out at just the right time, don't you think, on the very day Corker refuses to participate in public forums with the other candidates-how convenient.