" Yeah, perhaps Senator Stacey Campfield is right....the UT administration ought to be spending some..."
Question: when does an attempt to downplay or take the shine off an opponent's qualification become code languague? If your opponent was an optometrist you'd want to say he worked at Lenscrafters, if he was an orthpedic surgeon, you'd want to call him a chiropractor. Belittlement of an opponent's former occupation may not be classy but is it automatically "racist?"
Jun 6, 2008 12:53 PM
The Tennessee Republican Party has busted out with a brand spanking new website which will serve as their virtual HQ and information dispersal center as the party embarks on its quest to take the legislature in 2008 and wield the redistricting pen in 2011. It is called "Take The Hill Now" and was, I am told, registered long before Bob Tuke made the slogan famous in modern Tennessee politics. While Tuke harkens back to Alvin York, Bill Hobbs et al ride to the sound of TR's guns:
Just as, on July 1, 1898, Teddy Roosevelt led his “Rough Riders” volunteer cavalry on a victorious charge up San Juan Hill, the Tennessee Republican Party and TakeTheHillNow.com will give Tennesseans the tools to “join the charge” so that, on November 4, 2008, they can change the way things are done in Nashville.Spokesman Bill Hobbs tells me the site will not be fully operational until after the August primaries and is based on the design of several sites the party has been setting up for candidates who ask such as www.AJMcCall.com, www.AlexMoseley.com, www.RonStarnes.com, www.VicKing.us and www.KenYager.com. The TNGOP's policy is to offer site creation for any Republican candidate for the legislature who wants one, even in a contested primary. Interesting.
Jun 6, 2008 12:25 PM
After looking at the most recent employment numbers, Calvin Rye has a question:
Are there any Republicans out there still willing to believe this economic mess is all a media creation and it would all just magically go away if we were to bury our heads in the sand and ignore it?
Jun 6, 2008 11:55 AM
Matt Pulle tears at the scab presently on the wound that is 60's-style white liberal feminism:
[U]nintentionally or not, the TGW blog is a thrilling read and peek into a dusty school of feminism that seems to view women as perpetual victims. Fortunately, most younger women don't hold that view, as witnessed by how eagerly they supported Obama.Incredibly, though, there are commenters on TGW who say they're going to vote for McCain, claiming, with no evidence, that Obama ran a sexist campaign. Really? Wasn't it Hillary who gloated about how Obama wasn't winning over white voters. When did Obama ever invoke gender in that way? And remember when someone at a McCain appearance called Hillary a bitch? McCain merely chuckled. And for all the heated charges of media bias against Hillary, I would argue that they were the ones who kept her in the race. Imagine for a second if Obama lost 11 straight contests, ran out of money and kept firing all his friends? Who in the media would have taken him seriously as they all did with Clinton.
Jun 6, 2008 11:51 AM
From Mr. William:
The securities industry has already contributed nearly $8 million to Obama’s campaign versus just over $4 million to McCain, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. That reflects a new trend this election season. Should the pace hold up through November, it would be the first time this has happened in a presidential election since the early 1990s.
Jun 6, 2008 11:45 AM
Kyle Moore discusses:
Libertarians have, for a time, kind of piggy backed on the Republican party which at least sold itself as the party of small government which is itself a key libertarian ideal. However, as Mark points out, there are means and there are ends. The three legged stool of the Republican party has for the most part driven the party away from both the means and the ends of smaller government and more liberty, however; the Democratic party, depending on which factions you are looking at, and where on the ideological spectrum you are looking at, may not necessarily share the same means as liberatians as a whole, but we do share the same ends more often than not.
Jun 6, 2008 9:36 AM
Ben Smith on Hillary Clinton's sizable campaign debt and how she may deal with it:
A few notes here: First, she's under no personal obligation to pay it off. The debt belongs to her committee, not to her personally, and if she wants to run again, she can start another committee. But if she doesn't clear it, it'll make fundraising and dealing with vendors much harder on a future run, and generate quite a bit of ill will. Second, Obama can't pay it directly. He can ask his donors to help. There's a question of whether they'll balk at the $11 million that would go directly back into the Clintons' pockets. Third, Clinton is able to conduct a kind of trade. She has her own massive fundraising machine, and can now point it in Obama's direction -- though many of her donors will go that way with or without her urging. Also: Expect Clinton to do a lot of fundraising for Senate and House candidates this cycle, another way to cement her place as a leader of the party.
Jun 6, 2008 9:33 AM
Sarah Tuke, daughter of Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Bob Tuke, points us to some webspace devoted to chronicling Tuke's march across Tennessee as well as discussing her father's moral mettle:
While I (and I'm sure several others) wanted to complain about the heat, we didn't. We focused on the task at hand, because my Dad Marched on … without complaint, without reservation or any signs of fatigue. In short, he led us on that hot Saturday and we followed because that's what we've always done with Bob Tuke and he's yet to lead us astray. My Dad does not complain – he acts. Bob Tuke is a man of great heart and even greater conviction. His life experiences have led him down the path of leadership – from serving in Vietnam, to teaching confirmation courses and Sunday school at our church for 15 years, Bob Tuke has proved his moral mettle. Bob Tuke is one of those special men that we all have run across at one point in our lifetimes. He has been a moral compass and an indomitable spirit for my family and for our community for decades, and he will continue to do so for the rest of his life. He knows how to live and to lead – by example!
Jun 6, 2008 9:33 AM
Barack Obama does not wish to discuss his vice-presidential decision making process any further:
“I have said before that Senator Clinton would be on anybody’s short list. She is an extraordinary talent and a major leader in her party, as she showed during this campaign. But I am not going to discuss who is being considered, how they’re being considered. We’re just not gonna talk about this anymore.”
Jun 6, 2008 9:18 AM