Frog jumps out of water.

Saturday, February 13th, 2010 @ 10:53 am | Politics

A Republican Senator breaks from the pack.

GOP Sen. Bob Corker said he “absolutely” would be willing to buck his party to pass a bill cracking down on financial market abuses and creating new rules to prevent firms from becoming “too big to fail.”

The Tennessean, who is in the middle of his first Senate term, and Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd of Connecticut, announced Thursday that they would negotiate the wide-ranging legislation. The move came after Dodd reached an impasse with the panel’s top Republican.

Corker, in an interview to run on C-SPAN on Sunday, suggested the regulatory overhaul discussions on Capitol Hill have not always been in good faith. “Do you want to get to ‘yes’ or do you want to get to ‘no’ as quickly as possible?” Corker said, suggesting he believes he and Dodd can craft legislation that receives “overwhelming” support from members of both parties.

Even if this is only for an instant, it’s an important event. Republicans are going to have a hard time in November if Democrats actually choose to campaign against them on the issues. Being devoted servants of Wall Street in today’s times isn’t an easy sell. There’s gonna be a whole mess of double talk.

-hw

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