Skip to comments.Sen. Lamar Alexander says he works across aisle to get things done
Posted on 07/29/2014 5:49:34 AM PDT by cotton1706
NASHVILLE Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander told cheering supporters Monday that he learned as governor he sometimes had to work with Democrats to get things done for Tennessee and has found it necessary sometimes in Washington to do the same.
"If I stood up before you today and said I by myself brought in the auto industry, and I by myself paid teachers more for teaching well and built the best road system, I wouldn't be telling you the truth either because I had to work with other people to do it," the two-term senator told some 150 or more supporters at his campaign headquarters here in Nashville.
Alexander, who's come under criticism from his tea party-supported GOP primary opponent Joe Carr for not taking a hard enough line, said, "I respect the fact that those of us who are elected are expected not to just make a speech but get results."
"I've tried to do the same thing in Washington, D.C.," Alexander said. "We changed a law to make medicine safer. We changed a law to make student loans less expensive for students."
But he said in the Democratic-run Senate, "I couldn't have done that by myself. I had to work with other people to do it. Some people just want to make a speech. I want to get a result. I'm not in the shut down the government crowd; I'm in the take over the government crowd ... take it in a more conservative direction."
Across the street, some 40 to 50 supporters of Carr marched back and forth on a sidewalk and disagreed.
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So does my “conservative” Congressman who is below 50% on every one of the national ratings for conservatives. You would not know it by his TV Ads though. The only thing they should be doing when reaching across the aisle IMO is to land a haymaker.
This “reaching across the aisle” excuse is just that...an excuse. These feckless often dishonest fools need to push a Conservative agenda and get the degenerate DIMs/LIBs to “reach across the aisle”. They never do that. The lies of these politicians get very tiresome and predictable.
“I respect the fact that those of us who are elected are expected not to just make a speech but get results.”
The problem, Alexander, is that your speeches are pablum and the “results” you get are inimical to smaller government and freedom.
“Reaching across the aisle to get things done”, when spoken by a RINO, is tantamount to “doin’ for da’ Massa”, playing Steppin Fetchit for the left.
Moderates exist to thwart conservatives and help democrats “get things done.”
I wonder how well this will go over with the average Tennessee voter these days, given how popular the president is.
Yeah. The wrong things.
The only thing accomplished by “working across the aisle” is enactment of my socialist, freedom-impeding legislation, you dumbass.
I can remember back in 1994, when he was putting his plaid hat in the ring for President, Alexander’s early campaign angle was “CUT THEIR PAY... AND SEND THEM HOME!” in reference to Congress and the Senate.
Now that he’s comfortably ensconced in the House of Lords, he doesn’t feel that way.
I’ll give Alexander one prop... unlike that POS McConnell to his north, at least Lamar! didn’t express a desire to smash TEA Partiers in the face.
Just go to show that “moderate Republicans” are, in reality, liberals.
Get things done — like funding Obamacare. Like amnesty. Like huge spending bills. Like borrowing our way into default.
The Human Event / Garvis poll of July 19 had it at 45% each. Going to be close.
A RINO’s “Getting things done” can be translated as “appease so they can get more votes and power and not have to work hard.”
Some things don’t need doing, especially when you consort with the enemy to get them done.
If you compromise with EVIL the result is EVIL!
lamar is a RINO 62% of his voting record is DEMORAT.
Some notes from the Lamar Alexander campaign rally on Music Row - and the counter-protest by supporters of Joe Carr in the Republican primary race.
1. The Alexander campaign got an event permit for BOTH sides of the street, although they were only using one side of the street. This was clearly an attempt by Lamar’s campaign to prevent a counter-protest. Clearly, it failed. However, there was this one little dude from the campaign who walked up and down the sidewalk telling the anti-Lamar people that they couldn’t stand there, and they had to keep moving. When he said it to the group I was standing with, I muttered, “Yeah, that’s not going to happen,” and he didn’t try telling me again. Frankly, I doubt he had any legal authority whatsoever to tell people they couldn’t stand on the sidewalk.
2. Attendance at the campaign event was pretty lame. When you subtract Alexander campaign staffers - it was, after all, help on the tiny sloping front lawn of the campaign headquarters building - there were probably 100 people there. I counted at least 50 anti-Lamar protestors, and that was well into the event after several had already left. Given the Alexander campaign has millions of dollars and a sophisticated campaign apparatus to get a big crowd - and was offering free food - and the anti-Lamar group had none of that - the numbers on both sides of the street had to be a big disappointment for the Alexander campaign. (You also have to subtract a few because there were some anti-Alexander people who, not carrying any signs or wearing “Beat Lamar” shirts, went and joined the Lamar crowd to hear the Senator speak.)
4. The Alexander campaign parked the campaign bus directly in front of campaign headquarters, in order to shield the event from protestors. The result, however, it created a backdrop for the campaign in which Lamar was standing on a stage on the sidewalk at the bottom of the lawn that sloped down to the street, overshadowed by a huge, hulking bus. It made him look very very small. It also served to reinforce how small his crowd was - if you were across the street from the event you could see about three people of his overall crowd.
5. The number one political issue in America today is illegal immigration. Joe Carr has made illegal immigration - and Lamar Alexander’s vote for amnesty - the centerpiece of his campaign. Many of the anti-Lamar protestors carried “Say No to Amnesty” signs. So, did the Senator address illegal immigration during his brief remarks? No. He did not. He made no reference to it at all.
6. Alexander spent a good part of his remarks talking about his opposition to Obama’s proposed “National School Board.” Only problem is, Obama has not proposed a “National School Board.” When you have an old man prattling on about things that aren’t real, it may be time to hand him his gold watch and hire someone new.
7. Alexander also cited a recent endorser’s quote calling him a “conservative problem-solver.” So, what problem has Alexander solved since he became a Senator 12 years ago? Oh, that’s right. You can legally fish below Army Corps of Engineers dams. Until the end of 2014. Alexander didn’t mention that, probably because it’s got to be more than a little embarrassing to admit you’ve basically accomplished nothing in 12 years as a U.S. Senator.
8. All of anti-Lamar/anti-Amnesty people were old white men. (If you ignore the African Americans, women and Hispanics, which I’m betting the media will). By the way, there were more minorities in the anti-Lamar crowd than in
“Ill give Alexander one prop... unlike that POS McConnell to his north, at least Lamar! didnt express a desire to smash TEA Partiers in the face.”
That’s true, though ever the establishment party man, Alexander did dutifully kick in when McConnell called for funds for Thad Cochran in the runoff.
Lamar loves power and money and working for those who can give him both. His post governor escapades in Knoxville cure me of ever voting for him again. I want a partisan in office for a change especially now with Harry Reid running the GOP Senate as he has since they took over the senate. Further more Lamar anger me at his lack of backbone to support Ted Cruz on the budget.
ESAD DemocRat LA.
Very true... when the establishment clarion call went out to join the pandering and accuse the TEA Party candidate as a racist, he was right there.
So, when the Left says they want x, Lamar reaches across the aisle to offer them x-1, which is what they were really after to begin with.
He just hasn’t said it when anyone heard him to report it. He thinks it, though.
The Tennessee GOP is full of squishy Alexander types. They run one way and vote another. Haslam is as dangerous as a cocked shotgun when it comes to tendencies to live across the aisle. Don’t get me started on senator sellout Corkhole.