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Ilissa Gold gives a shout out to the Chosen One:

I, a Southern Jewish white woman, wholeheartedly pledge to vote for that nice Jewish boy, Baruch Hershel Obamawitz, in November.

And Senator Obama, as much as I would love for you to come visit us here in Tennessee, I'm well aware that it's such a bad year here that you really do have a better shot of winning Montana than winning Tennessee, as scary as that is. But we love you anyway!


Jul 14, 2008 7:25 AM

Like Dole's Kemp Pick, Only Not

The case is made for a McCain darkhorse Veep choice:
Which brings us to John Kasich. In the interest of full disclosure, I’ll unabashedly admit that I prefered Kasich over Bush and McCain in 2000. The main reason why is because he’s a fiscal hawk. He was proposing balanced budgets during Bush 41’s term in office. At that time, people thought we’d never see another balanced budget. That changed the minute Kasich became the House Budget Committee Chair in 1995. It isn’t coincidence that 2 short years later, we were running surpluses. Another appealing thing about Kasich is that he’s got a strong record of working across the aisle with sensible liberals. His offering of balanced budgets with Tim Penny is the perfect example of his principled bipartisanship. Yet another thing working in John Kasich’s favor is that he’s a plain-spoken idealist. His story of being a mail-carrier’s son growing up in Youngstown, OH is compelling. Think of Kasich as the GOP’s answer to Tim Russert. Russert and Kasich both made their mark in Washington, DC but they never forgot where they were from. They both knew the perils blue collar workers faced because they’d been there. That’s something that will play well in Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania. The other plus that Kasich has going for him is that he’s just plain likeable. That quality should never be underestimated.
Jul 14, 2008 7:21 AM

A Man With Nothing To Lose In The Fighting First

Chris Sanders gives big ups to long-shot Congressional candidate whose odds just got longer with the publication of his views on gay marriage:
Do you support a Constitutional ban on gay marriage, and should such a ban be extended to civil unions? Explain. I do not support a Constitutional ban on gay marriage. “Do unto others as you would have them do to”—this phrase from Luke sums up my feelings on the subject of same-sex marriage. I wouldn’t want the government telling me who I could or couldn’t marry; as an American citizen, I have the right to marry who I love. Only a few decades ago many states prohibited mixed-race couples from marrying, and discriminating against someone because of who they love is just as wrong as discrimination on the basis of race or gender.
Jul 14, 2008 7:18 AM

Potential Cooper Foe Has His Private Digits

From Michael Cass:
Kumar, who has lived in Nashville for more than 20 years, says Cooper is a friend for whom he once raised campaign money. (Cooper confirms this, saying Kumar called him on his private cell phone after he decided to run.) Kumar said he also worked for former Vice President Al Gore's Democratic presidential campaign in 2000. But he said he finds Democrats "intellectually dishonest" about the causes of terrorism, and he believes in smaller government and less bureaucracy. "I'm a born-again Republican," he said.
Jul 14, 2008 7:15 AM

Is Our New Democratized Media A Good Thing?

Ben Smith expresses some doubts about new media and the loss of perspective:
The media has been disempowered, and candidates are judged — often utterly out of context — by whatever is picked up by the unblinking eye of the embed's digital cameras and the blogs' telegraphic style. There's no space for reporters, who used to interpret these moments, to balance a bad minute with a good day, to tell readers and viewers how they should understand an utterance, or even to choose what's news: They're just racing to beat their rivals to the web with a terse dispatch and snippet of video. Some of the blogs and aggregators who pick them up will try to be fair and provide that context; others (more) will use them to reinforce the partisan stories they're already telling. And readers can choose how to take each moment. It seems to me there are cases to be made on both sides of whether this is a good thing, but it's unquestionably more democratic.
Jul 14, 2008 7:14 AM

Pockets Of Independence

The Independent Politcial Report has a highly interesting post on various areas across the country whom have shown strong independent streaks in Presidential elections:
John Hagelin, who now resides in Fairfield, Iowa, performed exceptionally well in Jefferson County, Iowa as the Natural Law’s candidate. He received 23.94% in 1992, 22.82% in 1996, and 16.31% in 2000. In 2000, Hagelin received over 30 percent of the vote in the precinct that serves northern and eastern Ketchum, Idaho. In 2000 Ralph Nader polled 10% in Alaska and 17.2% of the vote in Colorado’s San Miguel county. Yet four years later, Nader’s total in San Miguel would fall to 0.77% of the vote and he would poll only about 1.6% in Alaska. In 1976, Eugene McCarthy’s best showing was also in Colorado’s San Miguel county where he won 7.5%. In 1992, the only candidate other than Ross Perot to top 1% in any state was Populist candidate Bo Gritz. He captured nearly 4% in Utah, 2% in Idaho, and 1% in Louisiana. In fact, Gritz managed to poll over 10% in several counties in Idaho and Utah.
Jul 14, 2008 7:13 AM

Corker: Troops Are Coming Home No Matter What Occurs In November

Southern Beale encounters Tennessee's Junior Senator during the most important meal of the day:
We had a very brief conversation about the war. He seems to feel that whether John McCain or Barack Obama is elected, troops will begin coming home soon after the new president is sworn in--that there’s very little difference in policy between the two where Iraq is concerned. I’m not so sure about that. But regardless, I told him our representatives in the Senate have a role to play in bringing the troops home, and I wanted him to know I was someone who cared about it.
Jul 14, 2008 7:11 AM

The Dean On The Robin Smith Letter

The Knoxville News-Sentinel's Tom Humphrey gets in on the action covering the disclosure on this website of correspondence between TNGOP Chair Robin Smith and Governor Phil Bredesen regarding her (former) position on Tennessee's Human Rights Commission:
Lydia Lenker, spokeswoman for Bredesen, said she had received a copy of Smith's original e-mail but had not provided a copy to anyone. She said that e-mail and other correspondence to the governor in his official capacity are public records. "Anyone who e-mails the governor, whether they realize it or not, that document becomes a public document," she said. "That's sometimes a little jarring for people to learn." Lenker said Bredesen, who was on vacation last week, was "aware of the situation" involving Smith's e-mail but had not, to her knowledge, responded to it. She said no political considerations were involved in the appointment of Pierce to the Human Rights Commission, which was "a pretty standard procedure" of filling a vacated seat. Smith could not be reached for comment Sunday. A.C. Kleinheider, who oversees the Post Politics blog, declined to say who gave him the copy of Smith's e-mail.
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Jul 14, 2008 1:00 AM