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One of Hillary Clinton's most loyal supporters saw something a bit unseemly about Hillary Clinton's apparent invitation to bargain for her and her voters' support:
“There’s no bargaining,” Mr. Rendell said in an interview on NY1, the Time-Warner cable news channel. “You don’t bargain with the presidential nominee. Even if you’re Hillary Clinton and you have 18 million votes, you don’t bargain.”
Jun 4, 2008 6:00 PM
In honor of the rare example of a Presidential nominee having state legislative experience, the Thicket explores an interesting question: could states require Congressmen and Senators to have state legislative experience?
If states can make experience a disqualification for federal office (i.e. term limits), then could they impose an experience requirement as a qualification for office?
Jun 4, 2008 5:55 PM
Jimmy Carter on the so-called "dream ticket":
"If you take that 50% who just don't want to vote for Clinton," Carter said, "and add it to whatever element there might be who don't think Obama is white enough or old enough or experienced enough or because he's got a middle name that sounds Arab, you could have the worst of both worlds."
Jun 4, 2008 5:48 PM
Progressive Nashville gives the Southern Appalachian Democrat props (and we all know Padgett loves the props) for uniting behind nominee Barack Obama.
The guy I gotta give some props to is underdog Senate primary candidate Mike Padgett, a vocal Hillary Clinton supporter who declared he’s ready to unite behind Obama. Since our Senate primary is before the national convention, he could have ridden the fence on this one or even tried to use it any residual anger among Clinton supporters as a political wedge against his primary opponent (and long-time Obama advocate) Bob Tuke.SEE ALSO: Mike Padgett reflects on the day.
Jun 4, 2008 5:44 PM
Cara Kumari asks if Tennessee can really be put into play this year as suggested by Governor Phil Bredesen:
Vanderbilt Political Scientist Bruce Oppenheimer thinks that John McCain and Barack Obama likely have determined this state is NOT in play. However, he says if we start seeing a lot of ads on the air and campaign stops from both candidates, then the tide has turned. If that happens, he thinks it would have national implications, indicating a landslide defeat for McCain. He says in the current environment, this state should go red once again.
Jun 4, 2008 5:07 PM
Liz Garrigan comments on the Democratic Party's hailing Governor Bredesen for "encouraging other superdelegates to pledge their support sooner rather than later":
Actually, he hasn't been so much "hailed" as ridiculed for asking others to do what he was unwilling to do...until it was clear there'd be no risk to his decision.
Jun 4, 2008 4:34 PM
Chris Sanders relays that Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) and Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass) have launched a Congressional equality caucus focused on GLBT issues. His headline indicates that there are no Tennessee members adding the word "yet" as though such a thing would be possible. Which member of our esteemed delegation does Sanders think would be willing to make that jump? First, you can pretty much eliminate all the Republicans and anyone with a strong rural element in their district. That leaves Steve Cohen or Jim Cooper. Now, would Congressman Steve Cohen love to join this caucus? I think most informed opinion would admit that he would but Steve Cohen is a white man in a majority black district a community not known for enlightened views about homosexuality. Cohen just doesn't have that kind of political capital to spend. Cooper? Maybe, I suppose, if he's totally given up statewide ambition but does a politician ever really do that?
Jun 4, 2008 4:15 PM
P.J. Tobia busts "up from the bootstraps" black conservative Vandy professor for hypocrisy on immigration:
Indeed, when the Scene stopped by Swain’s house and spoke to a half-dozen Hispanic workers there, none of them had more than a simple grasp of English. It is unclear whether these workers are in the country legally. A call to Eric Gonzales, whom one of the men identified as the group’s foreman, reveals that he doesn’t check the legal status of all his employees. Gonzales says that some of his workers have shown him green cards, but if they don’t have them he will hire them anyway. When asked directly about the workers, Swain says, “I’m not going to lose sleep over it. I do feel like that it’s not the place of the homeowner,” to check immigration status. I don’t even think it’s safe for me as a single woman to be asking.” She says that her experiences with these workers have only strengthened her opinions about the immigration question. “It’s not always this perspective that they’re always hard workers,” says Swain. “I’ve found that many of them do poor jobs that have to be redone. They’ll cheat you just as quickly as an American.”
Jun 4, 2008 3:51 PM
The Washington Post compares the situation facing Barack Obama in terms of a dream ticket to the decision Lyndon Johnson faced in 1964:
Obama must feel the same way Johnson did in 1964. This is how White described it: "A president must be president in his own right.... To attach a Kennedy name to his own name would mean forever sharing the title of the presidency with a ghost of the past.... If Johnson were to prove himself in a campaign for the presidency, he must prove himself alone." Obama may never be free of the Clintons. Certainly he will not be if he selects her as his vice president. That may seem an unlikely pairing, given what appears to be a chilly personal relationship and the enormous problem of what to do about Bill Clinton. But is it any more unlikely that Jack Kennedy selecting Johnson in 1960? And, can he risk spurning her if she genuinely wants to be vice president? Even if the so-called dream ticket never materializes, Obama and his team will be dealing with the Clintons. Will the Clintons ever give Obama the respect and deference owed the leader of the party, or will resentments at having lost the nomination to him color their attitudes and control their actions?
Jun 4, 2008 3:19 PM
Gentrifiers Upset Their Children May Have To Go To School With the Population They Seek To DispossessWPLN reports on apprehension about the proposed Metro school student reassignment:
Ben Nelson, a young father and structural engineer, moved to the Hope Gardens neighborhood near the Farmer’s Market two years ago. Like other downtown Nashville transplants, Nelson says he was reassured about the move because his children would be zoned for Eakin Elementary instead of the closer school, Buena Vista. “It’s one thing to work to revitalize downtown with the understanding that your children are still going to go to a strong performing school. I think it would be great if one day there was enough mix of different classes and different groups that it was possible to put all of downtown Nashville in one school, but right now it doesn’t seem to be the case.”
Jun 4, 2008 3:00 PM