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Obama And Clinton Talk It Out

From Bill Clinton:
Well this was a little long in the coming but it finally happened -- Barack Obama and Bill Clinton shared a little quality phone time earlier today. Obama communications director Robert Gibbs said Obama made the call and the two men talked for about 20 minutes as Obama rode from Kansas City, Mo., to Independence. Obama asked Clinton to campaign with him, and for him, and Clinton agreed, though spokesmen for the men didn't break out who spoke long during those 20 minutes.
Jun 30, 2008 4:08 PM

Rep. Davis Carries It Like Campfield

From Angelia:
Granted, I believe a great many of those bills Davis’ has backed fail to adequately address the issue of illegal immigration - and may even compound the problem. But limiting citizenship to children born in the United States? Doesn’t this just conjure up an image of stodgy old men, pacing their offices with jowls a’flapping whilst they mutter to themselves: “”Who’s idea was it to have a Fourteenth Amendment anyway? Nothing good has ever came of the 14th Amendment!”
Jun 30, 2008 4:00 PM

Obama On Patriotism

(via Braisted)
Jun 30, 2008 3:21 PM

If You Want To Make An Omelette You Gotta Break Some Eggs

Sean Braisted reviews the latest chapter in the Nashville Scene's anti-Waller crusade:
The picture painted by Jeff Woods is one of the villain in a John Grisham movie...and while that may or may not be accurate, it certainly could lead some intrepid reporters to ask Mr. Stewart specific questions regarding where he stands on certain environmental regulatory issues.
Jun 30, 2008 2:59 PM

You Gotta Fight For Your Right...

...to Party:
The Libertarian Party has filed lawsuits in Ohio and Tennessee against what it says are unconstitutionally restrictive ballot-access laws.
Jun 30, 2008 2:44 PM

Not Everyone Is On Board: HuffPo On The TNGOP

The Huffington Post gets knee-deep into the story of the Tennessee Republican Party and the communications shop of Bill Hobbs:
Much of the Republican bile directed Obama's way has come, observers say, from the state GOP's communications director Bill Hobbs. A conservative activist and quasi-journalist, Hobbs is known as a somewhat controversial figure. In February 2006 he resigned from Belmont University in Nashville, where he was serving in the communications department, after posting a cartoon of a stick-figured Prophet Mohammed holding a bomb. The drawing, entitled "Mohammed Blows," was meant to spotlight the media's unwillingness to publish the infamous Danish cartoons on Islam. The firing did not dissuade the Tennessee GOP from offering Hobbs a job, nor did it dissuade Hobbs from pushing the political envelop, which he has done with regularity since taking over the new post. "I think that [Michelle Obama] video, which we put up on YouTube, struck a nerve. It struck a nerve with Democrats and they squealed and they squealed really loud, and it caused a big storm in the media," he told the Huffington Post. As for whether a candidate's wife should be off limits, he added, "It doesn't matter if the campaign surrogate is married to the candidate or not. What campaign surrogates say on the campaign trail during the course of the campaign is fair game." But not everyone has been on board. And the reaction to Hobb's work has become a telling illustration of just how difficult it has been for conservatives to settle on a line of attack against Obama. Tennessee's two Republican Senators expressed reservations, with a staffer for Bob Corker demanding that the Michelle Obama spot be taken down, and a spokesman for Lamar Alexander suggesting that "there are probably better ways to communicate our pride in America." "You've got the more centrist, moderate Republicans who are frankly embarrassed by Hobbs," said Ken Whitehouse, a political reporter for the Nashville Post. "I've got Republican members of the state legislature who are biding their time, keeping their mouth shut, but don't like what he's doing because he is drawing attention to himself and not the message. But at the same time you have people who want to fight and love him for it."
Jun 30, 2008 2:38 PM

Barack Obama: Made People Go From Welfare To Work And Cut Taxes

Barack Obama's is campaigning in Republican states as a Republican:
Jun 30, 2008 2:31 PM

Congressman Or Congresswoman: A Titular Examination

Marsha Blackburn has developed, consciously or not, into a bit of an anti-feminist icon. While never one to underemphasize her femininity in dress or appearance, she has made quite a reputation for herself in conservative circles through her choice of title. As many of us know, the lady prefers Congressman. She introduces herself as such in animated form on her website and is referred to as same many times over on the web. Blackburn submits that there is no "statement" being made through the practice, Congressman is just what she prefers. As her spokesman says in an April Politico article:
“I have never known her to correct anyone who calls her ‘congresswoman.’ I have also never heard her introduce herself as anything other than ‘Marsha.’”Still, “congressman” is her first choice, Chafin continued. Blackburn signs her official correspondence with that title, and it appears on her website. In several news articles, she’s referred to as “Congressman Blackburn,” with the added disclaimer “her preferred term.”
Later in the article Blackburn even notes that her preference for the term is based on its being grammatically correct. Indeed, a prominent Tennessee feminist voice actually defends Blackburn's use of the term asserting:
If Blackburn wants to call herself Congressman, it's stupid to not respect that. It's a legitimate use of the word and, I would argue, the more appropriate use of the word than just using "man" to mean adult male.Y'all aren't the only men and we need to stop treating that word as if you have exclusive claim to it.
It was quite surprising then that while listening to National Association of Broadcasters PSA on, of all things, mammograms, Post Politics hears the breasted representative refer to herself explicitly as Congresswoman.
"Hi, I'm Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn. If you are a woman 40 or older talk to your doctor about getting a yearly mammogram."
Now to the political junkie the slip might just appear an interesting curiosity. But considering how much discussion there has been over her use of the term Congressman as opposed to Congresswoman and what her preference says about her feminism, or lack thereof, isn't it interesting that the one time she does choose to use the term Congresswoman is in a PSA regarding a prominent "woman's issue." When asked about the use of Congresswoman in the audio, spokesman Claude Chafin tells Post Politics that Blackburn remembered recording the PSA. "It was a proscribed script. The Congressman has so much respect for the group and their cause. To deviate from the words on the page, she thought, would have been petty." Listen to the full PSA: [audio:http://politics.nashvillepost.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/congresswoman_blackburn.mp3]
Jun 30, 2008 1:58 PM

Don't Call It A Comeback

Mephistophocles weighs the pros and cons of nuclear power:
I’m on the fence on this one. I understand the problems inherent in nuclear power, but I think they have lessened somewhat since the cold war. With the possible exception of islamic violence, full-out nuclear war is probably less of a threat than it was 30 years ago. Also, new reactors will be far safer now than they would be then, because of more advanced technology and the additional experience that the industry has. Nuclear power is very clean and relatively inexpensive. It would reduce our dependence on oil and natural gas for power, which is certainly a good thing. I think the issue needs to be carefully and honestly revisited.
Jun 30, 2008 1:32 PM

Nelson Mandela Is Not A Terrorist

So say the Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle and Bob Corker:
Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker was among the congressional sponsors of a bill that grants the secretary of state the authority to waive U.S. travel restrictions on President Mandela and other members of the African National Congress. We're glad to see Congress pass this bill. Unlike President Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe, Mandela was a leading architect in his country's transition to democracy. He definitely is not a terrorist, and his name should be cleared.
Jun 30, 2008 1:03 PM