Guest blogged by Jon Ponder, Pensito Review.
Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) is considered an intellectual lightweight back home in Chattanooga, where he once served as mayor. So you know it's getting bad when Corker slips up and tells a hometown audience the unfortunate truth that in meetings with George Bush, he has been "underwhelmed" by Bush's knowledge and understanding of the U.S. occupation of Iraq.
In remarks to a group of about 500 Republicans on Tuesday, Corker "raised some eyebrows," according to a local media outlet, when he recounted details of his recent visits to the White House:
A few minutes later during a question and answer session a man in the audience asked him to clarify his statement.
"I was concerned about your statement that you were underwhelmed with what was going on in the White House. Did you mean with him or with his staff?"
In response, Corker said, "Let me say this. George Bush is a very compassionate person. He's a very good person. And a lot of people don't see that in him, and there's many people in this room who might disagree with that.... I just felt a little bit underwhelmed by our discussions, the complexity of them, the depth of them."
Corker quickly added that he supports Bush's occupation of Iraq --- even though he just admitted that Bush himself doesn't understand it --- and that all that is needed to turn things around is an increase in both the size of the U.S. government and the amount of happy-talk propaganda it spews at the public:
The senator then hastily added that he regretted having just expressed his true assessment about Bush's feeble intellect:
The last comment was greeted with laughter in the crowd.
Rest assured that Sen. Corker will never make the mistake of expressing an honest opinion in public again.