Announcing the 2015 Bulwer-Lytton Prize winner for worst "make-believe" legislation: Bob Corker

In the event you are not familiar with with the Bulwer-Lytton prize for rotten fiction; it is named for the Englishman, Edward George Bulwar-Lytton, who in his 1830 novel “Paul Clifford,” penned this thoroughly wretched sentence:

It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents — except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.”

Today, [mc_name name=’Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001071′ ], Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations committee, is out with an op-ed in the WaPo calling on Congress to reject the Iran deal.

To which I can only say:


It was the same Corker who first refused to demand that Obama submit the Iran deal as a treaty, as the Constitution requires, which would have required two-thirds of the Senate to ratify it, and effectively dooming it. Instead, he concocts, along with Democrats, this incredibly stupid upside-down procedure by which only one-third of the Senate would be needed to sustain Obama’s veto of the legislation that Corker wants defeated. (And yes, I’ve reread that last sentence, and while admittedly quite convoluted, it’s nowhere as bad as what Corker has wrought.)

So we are left to ponder two possibilities here:

1. Corker is too stupid to realize what he has in fact done. If that is the case, then he is also too dumb to be a senator, let alone to chair the Foreign Relations committee. And hopefully, a real conservative will emerge to challenge Corker in 2018, if he seeks re-election.

2. This was all one more act in the ongoing grand kabuki theater that the GOPe leadership stages in Congress..pretending to oppose, nay, fight against, Obama’s actions, while actually letting them continue on their merry way to ruining the nation.

But Bob’s got guts. Gotta hand it to the guy. It takes “big ones” to now publicly oppose that which you in fact made possible to begin with. A reprisal of “I voted for it before I decided to vote against it..”  Or he’s convinced that the voters of Tennessee are in fact THAT stupid as not to notice. We shall see…

In either case, Corker deserves the prize for the most inept  (i.e. therefore “make-believe”) legislation of 2015.

Sadly, the real prize this time goes to Iran.

They won.

Big time!


Note: If you want to learn more about the Bulwar-Lytton contest, read some gawd-awful prose, and possibly enter next year’s contest yourself, go here



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