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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      • 3 Months Ago
      I'll give Sen. Alexander a thumbs up. I'm not a big fan of the republican party but I appreciate any politician that's willing to work for the common good of the American people rather than employ some narrow ideology being sold by special interests. There needs to be many more of these kind of folks step up to the plate.
      • 3 Months Ago
      Alexander is a RINO who can always be depended upon to screw his party when it counts the most. Just go ahead and become a Dem.... Have a Coming Out Party, and get out of Tennessee while you are at it. We don't need anymore libs like you. You might try New York, it's more your speed.
      • 3 Months Ago
      Good,at least his IQ IS >120 and >than Perry's 95.
      Gerald
      • 3 Months Ago
      Ship his sorry ass out of here
      • 3 Months Ago
      Here in Tennessee, the state he represents, our power comes from coal and nuclear power plants.
      Georgia A McD
      • 3 Months Ago
      And where does he get the electricity to charge those batteries? Probably from the use of coal to make the electricity.
      • 3 Months Ago
      ...I admire my Senator from Tennessee for his actions...he's a Patroit !
      • 3 Months Ago
      I'm not a Republican.... I'm a real conservative.... And as a conservative, I think the man should drive any kind of automobile that "HE" wants to drive and can afford. Anyone that thinks otherwise should dig into their "OWN" pockets and offer to buy him something else. By the same token/reasoning, I think the liberals that try to tell me what to drive and/or take money out of my pocket to buy something for someone else, should go to hell!!!!
      monza866
      • 3 Months Ago
      Just shows out of touch many are including this guy who does not seem to know where electricity comes from. At least at this time the Leaf is a feel good vehicle that makes you think you are saving the planet. If this shows liberalism at work then I'll make sure never to have one.
      • 3 Months Ago
      Republicans ran this truck in the ditch and completely distroied it ! Now they don't want any one to rebuild our Nation so they fight every thing anyone will or can do to keep this nation going I am so sorrey for our country becouse I am 85 years old now and a world war two veteran and spent my service time in the south posific and gave up a lot for my country just to see these Republicans in congress continue to follow the Regan, Bush 1 and worst of all Bush 2 's careless indevers like war on a salvern nation who never did any thing to us. kick them out now!!! And save our country for our Grand Children because it might even be too late for our first children. Wake up America before our beloved country is China or Dead.
        mrobin1863
        • 3 Months Ago
        Although I applaud your service Mr. Pratt, I beg to differ on just who is ruining this country. I suggest you turn to the president in charge.....Do some research and find out what Obama did with the 800 billion stimulous money...it didn't "build a NATION", IT FED THE DEMOCRATIC WAR CHEST!
        • 3 Months Ago
        LOLOLOLOL.... keep drinking the "coolaid" of the looney liberal left...... you moron!!!!
      • 3 Months Ago
      was always a Rino just to get elected no big loss anyone that can switch from one party to another never had any values just an eye on the polls
        fldpwrman
        • 3 Months Ago
        funny that conservatives call anyone who isn't an assh*ole, as rino
      • 3 Months Ago
      Remember the Geo Metro?? It got 50 miles to the gallon back then. What happened to the technology for that car?
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