Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The afterglow: Corker's big visit

More from Michigan, where Tennessee Senator Bob Corker's appearance at the Detroit auto show created "absolute frenzy" ( a "crowd" of media attention (New York Times), and, according to Free Press "the kind of political theater usually reserved for election years".

Digging beyond that is Corker's gift for articulating easily digestible, but meaty sound-bites.

Of the UAW's refusal to match wages and benefits from foreign automakers' U.S. plants (Ea):

“I woke up in the morning almost feeling surreal that the UAW had not agreed to be competitive. That doesn't mean equal, just competitive. We heard numerous times, ‘Well, we're already competitive.' Well, if you're competitive, why won't you agree to be competitive?”