To understand why the plug-in vehicle loving Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander decided to step down from his leadership role in the Republican party recetly, we need look no further than his "Liberal-mobile" (so named by his critics), the Nissan Leaf.

Alexander defends his Leaf as the right choice for a freedom-seeking American:
Plugging in my Nissan Leaf will give me the patriotic pleasure of not sending money overseas to people who are trying to blow us up.
While Alexander is known as a man that seeks common ground with Democrats on issues including clean air, even as other Republican leaders have made it their goal to counter Democrats on virtually all fronts. As the Republican caucus in the Senate grows more conservative, the liberal-leaning Alexander has decided to abandon his post as the third-ranking Republican in the U.S. Senate.

Alexander says that returning to the rank and file will free him from the role of advancing the Republican party and instead allow him to concentrate on other issues. To be clear, Alexander is not retiring; he's only stepping down from a specific post within the Republican party.

In the end, the 71-year old Alexander may hold more power as a non-ranked Senator at liberty to strike up deals with Democrats. Dr. Bruce Oppenheimer, a political science professor at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, says this of Alexander's stepping down:
To be in the leadership, there is a price to pay within the party, given his conservative, but not extreme conservative, positions on a range of issues. He may not be willing to pay that anymore.
He's certainly not willing to pay for "blow-us-up" gasoline.

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      • 8 Months Ago
      leabaron; he did not give up his post because of the vehicle he drives. the vehicle has no bearing in this story. it is his "principles" that he holds to that does. the article adds fluff by involving the vehicle.
      • 8 Months Ago
      To believe that a man is a Liberal just because he drives the "Leaf" is idiotic. Better than the limousine and other fuel guzzlers the rest of Congress and the Senate drive. I do agree that he should have bought a fuel efficient American car but at least he is acting better than the rest of them (Both parties included)
      • 8 Months Ago
      Where does the fuel come from that is used to generate the electricity. If buying an electric car why not a us made one. Another political joke
      • 8 Months Ago
      oh but he is spending money on a country that did blow us up years ago. and he is now using a lot of energy to chargeit and avoiding highway taxes. so small gain on his patriotism
      • 8 Months Ago
      And just how does he think that electricity got in those wires. From "evil foul smelling sooty coal" or imported oil, because OBAMAO and his fellow travelers are trying to kill our petroleum industry, burning generators. Natural gas is too important to burn in electric power generation.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Good riddance. Who needs a Republican/Conservative (?) whose ideas are likened to the Left?
      • 8 Months Ago
      Written from the liberal perspective, its easy to see. Lots of "conservative" and 'liberal" used to differentiate. If Lamar was a liberal democrat driving an SUV, the article would be talking about how he was a Judas, an unelectable useless appendage that should just resign. Facts are that Lamar is willing to makes some deals with dems, but even he understands that in the big picture, he will get stabbed in the back by those same dems. I find it troubling that he honestly thinks that driving an electric auto (HEAVILY SUSIDIZED byt the govt) will help the oil problem. Facts are that while Obie is doing his dead level best to shut down the American coal industry (which runs most of the electric generation in the US), that leaves oil being the main fuel used by electric generation plants. Facts are that he gets to plug in and not pay a dime for his electricity while we (the tax payers) pay for the increase in electricity that this will bring. and his "dem friends" are laughing all the way to their limos and suvs.
      Ernie Five Star
      • 8 Months Ago
      I "Buy American" When Ever I Have a Choice...Nissan is a Japanese/French Company and the 'Leaf" is probably not built in the USA...
      • 8 Months Ago
      I'll tell you where he should have that plug and not in his mouth.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I drive a 2004 Prius. It has 170,000 miles on it. On a recent 550 mile round trip my average MPG was 48.7. Gas in Pa was 3.43 in Ct 3.79 and in M 3.69. I hate paying for gas. This is a great vehicle.
      • 8 Months Ago
      A honest republican,at last!
      • 8 Months Ago
      Nissan Leaf?? Another $30k of USA money exported to Japan. Thanks a lot Lamar Alexander.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Smile it is sad that you think that all $30k goes to Japan. It shows that you do not know anything about Nissan or the Leaf...or Senator Alexander!
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