"Bob,what does Syria have to do with defending the USA? Get US Out of NATO! Get US Out of the UN...."
Jeff Woods writes up the Kleinfelter situation in this week's Nashville Scene:
The public squabble at least has made the city’s planning czars think twice about firing Kleinfelter. McLean now says Kleinfelter might keep his job if he’s nice to developers, and the entire 10-member commission can decide the planner’s fate in November. Kleinfelter, who at this point hopes to stay employed, isn’t commenting much publicly, except to say that he “isn’t willing to go out on that limb” and accuse anyone of succumbing to political pressure. “I invite my supporters to keep those cards and letters coming,” he says.SEE ALSO: The NashPo coverage. The City Paper
Jun 4, 2008 11:58 AM
Roger Abramson thinks the GOP should shut it up and respect a man did what they could not:
For those who think that Barack Obama isn't man enough to take on our enemies in the world, consider this: the man beat the Clinton Mafia (well, hopefully anyway; I realize they may never die for good). Better than any Republican could do.
Jun 4, 2008 11:15 AM
Marc Ambinder reports:
Matt Burns, the spokesman for the GOP convention in St. Paul e-mails to say that the RNC's convention office in St. Paul has received numerous telephone calls in the last few hours from people who identify themselves as Clinton supporters asking how they can help Sen. McCain.
Jun 4, 2008 11:01 AM
Katherine Coble doesn't blame feminist Clinton supporter Egalia over her decision to leave the Democratic party because she has done the same thing on the other side of the aisle:
My vote means increasingly little as the country grows larger and the candidates grow closer together. Both major parties are continuing to field centrists in a wild hope of gaining undecideds. As little currency as my one lone vote actually holds, I absolutely refuse to spend it on something that looks like support for something I cannot tolerate. I feel like my continued votes for the status quo say “yes! keep feeding me crap and I will eat it just because it’s there.” So it is with head hung down and plowing through the mire that I face the facts. I am Egalia. I left my party, too.SEE ALSO: An OUTSTANDING post on the subject by the extremely fierce Hispanic issues activist and gentleman farmer over at the Coyote Chronicles.
Jun 4, 2008 10:57 AM
The Politico looks at the stuff Veeps are made of and provides a checklist for nominees John McCain and Barack Obama:
Second, pick a credible successor. This vice president could become president and step in at a time of uncertainty. The vice presidential nominee should be seen as adult enough to step into a difficult circumstance. Former Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota or Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee would fit the bill, though neither is from a competitive state.
Jun 4, 2008 10:49 AM
The Tennessee GOP reacts to Governor Phil Bredesen and TNDP Chair Gray Sasser's endorsement of Barack Obama:
Endorsing Barack Obama for president puts Gov. Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Democrat Party Chairman Gray Sasser, the state's two top Democrat leaders, on the side of a candidate who was overwhelmingly rejected by their party's rank-and-file membership just last February. Obama lost 86 of Tennessee's 95 counties to Hillary Clinton in the Feb. 5 primary, finding support in the state's urban liberal niche but failing to attract significant support elsewhere across Tennessee among mainstream Democrats. "The leaders of the Tennessee Democrat Party have endorsed for president a liberal who favors higher taxes, more government intrusion in our lives, abortion and gay marriage and who proposes to retreat from rather than defeat our enemies," said Bill Hobbs, communications director for the Tennessee Republican Party. "Gov. Bredesen and Chairman Sasser have endorsed a candidate who believes Americans don't need a tax break at the gas pump and who believes the best way to deal with a troubled economy is a massive tax hike," Hobbs said. "They have endorsed a candidate who knows the price of arugula at Whole Foods Market but criticizes rural Americans for 'clinging' to God and their Second Amendment rights. They have endorsed for president a candidate who is willing to meet unconditionally with the terrorist leader of Iran but refuses to meet with Gen. David Petreaus, the leader of America's troops in Iraq, and who believes the best way to defeat our enemy is to run from them. "With recent polls showing Americans trust John McCain more than Barack Obama* on issues ranging from the economy and taxes to national security and the war in Iraq, we are not surprised that Gov. Bredesen and Chairman Sasser waited as long as they could to announce their support for the ultra-liberal and inexperienced senator from Chicago, a presidential candidate most Tennesseans will reject in November," Hobbs said.
Jun 4, 2008 9:36 AM
Richard Locker reports:
Montgomery County is Blackburn territory -- the Republican women made that clear -- and Leatherwood was an unknown figure. But the women (and three men) laughed at the Arlington resident's campaign jokes and nodded support for his positions on curbing illegal immigration and the need to match spending cuts with tax cuts. "She's very popular," Boyd said afterward. And she, like most of the women there, knows Blackburn personally. "He didn't say anything to make me not support her." Elfie Marshal said Leatherwood "made a good case. There were a lot of tough questions. You could tell his answers came from his heart and from his beliefs. It's true that the Republican Party has lost its way and one of the reasons why the Democrats have cashed in. I think he would have a chance if he gets his message out." She said she'll decide who to support after further research.
Jun 4, 2008 8:59 AM
While everyone expected superdelegates Phil Bredesen and Gray Sasser to endorse Barack Obama this morning, the addition of one U.S. Senate candidate to the Obama column comes as a welcome, and demographically advantageous, surprise:
U.S. Senate candidate Mike Padgett joined Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Gray Sasser Wednesday morning in endorsing Senator Barack Obama for president. At a unity breakfast at Swett’s Restaurant, Padgett called on his fellow Democrats to unite, saying they must end Republican occupation of the White House. “I am proud of the campaign Senator Hillary Clinton ran and am honored that Governor Ned McWherter called and asked me to serve on her state steering committee,” Padgett said. “I will look forward to serving with her in the U.S. Senate. “Just as we were able to deliver Knox County for Senator Clinton in February, I look forward to helping do the same for Senator Barack Obama this fall and to campaigning with him across the state as we put Tennessee back in the blue column. “In this history-making election, Senator Obama brings an energetic vision and a wealth of character to the table. I am proud to endorse his candidacy. “With such strong candidates in the presidential primaries, Democrats have captured the imagination of Americans. Our message: Don’t give up hope. The middle class can survive the injuries inflicted on it during eight years of a Republican White House. “And we have served notice on President Bush, Senator McCain and Senator Alexander: The party is over. The tax breaks for the wealthiest must stop, and the budget has got to be balanced. Subsidies for the oil industry – while Americans pay over $4 a gallon for gas – have got to end. “Our troops – our heroes – need to come home from Iraq, and we must spend our resources on rebuilding infrastructure here, not in Baghdad. “Tennesseans are demanding change, and if they will stand with me and Senator Obama, we will deliver.”Barack Obama has, throughout the primary, had a bit of a problem getting votes from the clannish Scots-Irish who make up Appalachian hillfolk. Mike Padgett has been outspoken in his love for this region and his identity as a Southern Appalachian Conservative Democrat. This endorsement should serve to put the nation on notice that Democrats will not cede the votes of these people to John McCain. Padgett's chief opponent in his race, attorney Bob Tuke, has already endorsed Obama serving as his political director in Tennessee before announcing his Senate run.
Jun 4, 2008 8:36 AM
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