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A Recipe For Disaster

The Other McCain thinks the Barack Obama campaign may be making a mistake by not focusing their resources on the battleground states:
David Plouffe's PowerPoint prowess may have impressed Eleanor Clift, but I'm not impressed by a Democratic presidential campaign that talks grandiosely of "a 50-state strategy" while getting their butts kicked in Missouri, Kentucky and Florida. The poll trends most emphatically do not justify such manic overconfidence by Team Obama, especially given the lingering bitterness in the Clinton camp. McCain's running circles around them in key swing states, while Plouffe & Co. devote staff time and resources to coordinating travel to London, Paris and points beyond. Sensible Democrats should be pushing the panic button at this point, although if they want to keep whistling past the graveyard, that's fine with me.
Jun 30, 2008 8:03 AM

Marsha Blackburn Lets What She's Thinking Get Outside The Family

The Memphis Daily News reports that Congressman Marsha Blackburn has addressed her troubles with primary challenger Tom Leatherwood in a note to supporters:
In a note to supporters, Blackburn calls Leatherwood a “very serious opponent” who nonetheless “knows he can’t out-conservative someone with my voting record, so he kicked off his campaign with a negative attack on me and has never let up.” She goes on to say of Leatherwood that “he is being encouraged by some of his pals in the courthouse in Memphis who resent the fact that I don’t spend more time catering to their wishes” and that she believes Democrats are urging other Democrats to vote in the Republican primary for Leatherwood.
Jun 30, 2008 7:48 AM


Newscoma speaks some:
It always amazes me when someone runs for office, they are very accessible. Then during their time in office, when we are trying to find them, it’s like chasing down Bigfoot.
Jun 30, 2008 7:48 AM

U.S. News And World Report Should Be Ashamed Of Themselves

Real, true, extremists rarely get nominated by the major parties, if ever:
In 2008, however, the opposite problem presents itself. Primary voters nominated an extreme conservative and an extreme liberal. Independent mainstreamers such as myself (I'll select my own monikers, thank you) have been handed Sophie's Choice or, more accurately, no choice at all. This explains, too, all the flip-flopping McCain and Obama have been doing of late; now that we're into the general election phase, they have to paint themselves as mainstreamers. Neither man is. If it were politically feasible, I'm betting millions of Americans would want to redo the primaries with a whole new, more attractive slate of candidates vying for the two parties' nominations.
Jun 30, 2008 7:45 AM

Yes, Very Fortunate

The FEC newly minted quorum will be giving Rep. Marsha Blackburn hassles now that the governing body can now act on the complaints filed against her -- but she does have an ace in hole:
Perhaps fortunate for Blackburn is that one of the newly minted commissioners is the same McGahn who's been working on her FEC problems. But CREW's executive director, Melanie Sloan, said he will have to recuse himself. McGahn did not respond to a call seeking comment. McGahn, a veteran GOP campaign finance expert, also helped negotiate the FEC settlement that closed down former Texas congressman and House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's Americans for a Republican Majority political action committee, ARMPAC.
Jun 30, 2008 7:43 AM

Validating The America's Distaste Of Class Warfare

The Instapundit offers a poll:
"When given a choice about how government should address the numerous economic difficulties facing today's consumer, Americans overwhelmingly -- by 84% to 13% -- prefer that the government focus on improving overall economic conditions and the jobs situation in the United States as opposed to taking steps to distribute wealth more evenly among Americans. . . . A separate question finds Americans more likely to believe government is doing too many things that should be left to individuals and businesses (50%) as opposed to saying government should do more to solve the country's problems (43%)."
Jun 30, 2008 7:39 AM

The Road To The Mommy Vote

Angelia is impressed with State Senator Mike Williams' appearance at the H.B. Stamps Memorial Library over the weekend:
My journalistic instincts, which would normally compel me to listen and make note if he said anything odd… or picked his nose, were dulled by painted aliens and pompom noses.Until the Senator started doing character voices. By that time, the mommies had apparently gathered around, chuckling over the fact their State Senator does a fairly decent impression of `Mater, the lovable but dimwitted towtruck. Yes, yes, his Disney savvy was impressive - the kids loved it. However, I could help but wonder: is it cool to have a Senator with a favorite Disney series and who does impressions of animated characters? I found out later Williams’ fascination with the reading program (and perhaps the Cars movie) stems from the fact that such things were not available when he was a kid. Apparently, in his younger days, Maynardville didn’t have a library. All of the little Maynardville children had to walk uphill both ways to read etchings on cave walls - okay, joking. But Williams did reminisce upon the opening of the first Maynardville library and his excitement at getting to walk over from school to check out books.
Jun 30, 2008 7:35 AM

Triple Play

The word from the state on the impact of new taxes on cigarettes is no word:
Tennessee officials say 10 months is not enough time to measure the health impact of tripling the cigarette tax but it has some smokers buying in other states.
Jun 30, 2008 7:32 AM

The Right's Barack Obama

The Southern Beale points out the unlikelihood that John McCain will pick Bobby Jindal as Veep because he nullifies many of the criticisms conservatives are currently leveling at the Democratic Nominee:
They say Obama is too young and inexperienced; Jindal is even younger and even less experienced! He’s just 37 years old (to Obama’s 47). He served just four years as a Congressman, and is in his first year as governor of Louisiana. Obama had 7 years in the Illinois state legislature, and has been a U.S. Senator for the past three. That's 10 years of experience to Jindal's five. The right has tried to smear Obama as a “secret Muslim,” but Jindal was an actual practicing Hindu until converting to Catholicism in high school. His parents are Hindu! Not that I have a problem with that, mind you; but the righties sure seem to, or they wouldn’t keep bringing up Obama’s non-existent “Muslim background.” Meanwhile, the righties love to bring up Obama’s scary black pastor. But Jindal participated in an honest-to-God exorcism, which he claims cured a woman’s cancer. I mean, that’s just freaky!
Jun 30, 2008 7:29 AM

The Outback Steakhouse Index Of Economic Indicators

Tim Chavez judges our economy based on a driveby of a restaurant featuring the ultimate in faux-Australian cuisine:
Outback Steakhouse had no one sitting outside waiting to get called in to dine at 5:30 p.m. Cozymels' parking on the east side was almost empty. Wal-Mart's parking lot was packed, while the more upscale grocers were seeing lighter traffic. Williamson County is the 11th most affluent county in the nation. Household income here is about $80,000 on average. Yet consumers are acting like they're New Orleans' refugees. Fear hangs heavy, even among the predominantly Republican residents who live here.
Jun 30, 2008 7:27 AM