Like me, you've probably heard or read  little or nothing about Bob Corker until just recently. And now, suddenly, he's become a national figure. Corker has  been a Republican U.S. senator from Tennessee for the past 10 years, but he's also announced that he will not seek a third term in next year's election. Oh, and […]

 

Like me, you've probably heard or read  little or nothing about Bob Corker until just recently. And now, suddenly, he's become a national figure.

Corker has  been a Republican U.S. senator from Tennessee for the past 10 years, but he's also announced that he will not seek a third term in next year's election. Oh, and he's denounced  Donald  Trump in no uncertain terms, declaring, in effect, that the man is  an  inveterate liar and a pathological nutcase who is unfit for the presidency.

That sounds about right to me. But wait…I'm not ready to pin a medal on Corker's chest. I applaud him for speaking truth to power, but I question his timing. He's on his way out of office. He's headed for retirement from the Senate. Why is he only now blowing the whistle on the madman in the White House?

More than a few seasoned observers of congressional politics will tell you that Corker's  feelings of antipathy toward Trump  are shared by certain other Republican officials who are afraid to say so lest they find themselves challenged by kooks  in GOP primary elections.

What cowardice!

Bob Corker merits no great applause for declaring, as he heads  out the door to political retirement, that Donald Trump should be captured in a net and hauled away to a padded room.

Yes, Corker can argue that only during Trump's nine months in office have his tragic shortcomings become so clear. But that's only an admission that the senator paid little or no attention to the insanity The Donald displayed all through his 18 months of campaigning for president.

The fundamental problem here is that Corker, like so many other politicians,  has long been afraid  to serve the cause of truth. He'll say what he really thinks only when there's no risk in doing so.

Millions of us have long recognized that Trump is a sick man. Our concern is not entirely born of opposition to the policies the president promulgates. More important to us  are the man's vulgar style and hateful rhetoric. And it's depressing to us to realize that Bob Corker has been cast  as a portrait in courage for saying what countless ordinary Americans have been saying all along.