He made his bed, now he has to lie in it.
CNN’s John King reported on Sunday that Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) is having “second thoughts” about his September decision not to seek re-election to the United Senate in 2018.
A “senior adviser” to Corker offered a qualified comment on the report later in the day, stating that Corker has not changed his mind about his decision–at least not yet.
But, to hear the “senior adviser” tell it, Tennesseans are just clamoring for Corker to reconsider, as The Tennessean reported, “It is true that Senator Corker has been encouraged by people across Tennessee and in the Senate to reconsider his decision, but at this point nothing has changed.”
Republican operatives around the state, however, poured cold water on the idea of widespread support for Corker.
As the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported, “One plugged-in state Republican said ‘there are people encouraging Corker but as far as I know nothing has changed,’ then agreed, ‘it’d be real hard’ at this point for Corker, who announced Sept. 26 amid a fierce public spat with President Trump that he wouldn’t seek a third term,”
And every recent poll of Tennessee voters shows that Corker is extremely unpopular, especially among Republicans.