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Sundays With Chuck

Taegan Goddard names Chuck Todd as a dark horse choice to helm Meet the Press after the death of Tim Russert:
Russert is irreplaceable. No one will ever be able to emulate his style or his grace -- nor should they try. The next host will have to create a show that fits his or her style. But the next host must know and love politics as much as Russert did. In my view, there is just one possible candidate: NBC News political director Chuck Todd. It's probably a long shot choice, but in a just few short months as an on-air political analyst, Todd is now the best on television. He understands politics better than anyone. He's the best choice to carry on Russert's legacy.
Jun 16, 2008 6:46 AM


The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sees a Barack Obama Presidential campaign as a plus for candidates down the ticket:
Yet the memo said that, based on exit polls, Mr. Obama won 16,000 more independent votes than Mr. McCain in New Hampshire, a state where Mr. McCain is very popular. “This trend continued in the traditionally Republican state of South Carolina, another open primary, where Senator Obama won the independent vote with approximately 51,405 compared to Senator McCain’s 33,498,” it said.
Jun 16, 2008 6:44 AM

Father's Day From The Front

Major Bob Krumm stationed in Iraq reflects on Father's Day:
We deployed Dads signed up for this. We’ll take what we can get: the thanks of comrades, a phone call from home, if we’re lucky—a webcam conversation with our families. But the kids, they have no one to thank with a hug today. So if you know one of the tens of thousands of kids today who have a deployed Dad on Father’s Day, hug them and thank them for loaning their Dad to their country. And tell them to save some burnt toast for us when we get home.
Jun 16, 2008 6:41 AM

Harold Ford, Jr. Throws Former Campaign Manager Under The Bus

It was a long curious day for the Tennessee Democratic party yesterday. Divisions in the party were exacerbated when John Rodgers of the Nashville City Paper reported the words of Tennessee Democratic Party state executive committee member Fred Hobbs on Barack Obama:
"I don’t exactly approve of a lot of the things he stands for and I’m not sure we know enough about him,” Hobbs said when asked why he thought Davis wasn’t endorsing Obama. “He’s got some bad connections, and he may be terrorist connected for all I can tell. It sounds kind of like he may be.”
Adding insult to injury, Beecher Frasier, Chief of Staff to Democratic Congressman Lincoln Davis of Tennessee's rural and conservative 4th District, was portrayed in the same article as saying he didn’t know for sure if Obama was “terrorist connected” but assumes he’s not. The Tennessee Democratic Party almost immediately sent out a release rebuking Hobbs. Beecher Frasier, later in the day, released a statement setting the record straight asserting that "no one in their right mind, including me, believes Senator Obama has ties to terrorism." The state executive committeeman Fred Hobbs then, as reported by the Huffington Post, apologized for the comments and confirmed that he would be voting for Senator Obama in the fall. However, at least one prominent Tennessee Democrat with a history with Beecher Frasier wishes to make clear his associations with the man. Late last night, NashvillePost.com received the following statement from Harold Ford, Jr.
Let me be clear about 2 things First, Beecher Frasier is dead wrong. Senator Obama is a Christian, American patriot with a vision to make America safer and stronger. I am going to join millions of Tennesseans and Americans by working this year this to bring life to that vision by electing Barack Obama President of the United States. Second, Beecher's past association with me is just that - past. I've had no relationship with him since 2006. I don't want a relationship with him, or anyone else who says these things. His comments offend me as an American and embarrass me as a Tennessean.
In 2006, Beecher Frasier took a leave of absence from the staff of Rep. Lincoln Davis to work for Harold Ford, Jr. as his campaign manager in his bid for U.S. Senate. Rep. Lincoln Davis was very supportive of Harold Ford, Jr.'s run for Senate so these comments have to come with their own special sting for those close to both men. SEE ALSO: Brainstem's impressions Sadcox Bill Hobbs Music City Oracle Red State Silence
Jun 14, 2008 9:59 AM

Haslam To Speak To Davidson County GOP, Undecided On Gubernatorial Run

As Post Politics reported here earlier this week, Knoxvile Mayor Bill Haslam will speak today at a picnic and straw poll for Davidson County Republicans. Georgianna Vines speculates, as we did, that Haslam's appearance so far from home may indicate the Mayor is laying the groundwork for a 2010 run for Governor.
Jun 14, 2008 2:52 AM

TNDP State Executive Committeeman Makes Fox News

The Tennessee Democratic Party makes national news for one of its State Executive Committee members comments suggesting Barack Obama has connections to terrorists. Connections, ironically, he says he learned of from watching the very news outlet now giving his comments press: PREVIOUSLY: Beecher Frasier Speaks On Barack Obama’s Connection To Terror Davis Chief Of Staff “Assumes” Obama Not Terrorist Connected
Jun 14, 2008 2:51 AM

Another Democratic State Executive Committee Member Speaks Out

Sean Braisted shares a comment from another Democratic State Executive Committee member who does not share the views of one her counterparts who made news yesterday for comments suggesting Barack Obama has connections to terrorist organizations:
I in no way agree with Mr. [Fred] Hobbs on his statements in the Nashville City paper. I am disappointed that he so foolishly made those comments and even more so that he feels that way. I am equally disappointed in Beecher Frasier for not adamantly speaking against what Fred said about Sen. Obama. I am a "Yellow Dog Democrat" and will always support the party nominee. I attended the unity breakfast with Chairman Sasser and Gov. Bredesen the day they announced their support for Obama. I look forward to campaigning as hard for Sen. Obama as I did for Sen. Clinton in the primary.
Jun 14, 2008 2:42 AM

He's In The Money, Honey

From Malia Rulon:
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and his wife, Honey, own stock, land and other assets totaling between $9.5 million and $31.4 million, according to a personal financial disclosure report filed Friday.
Jun 13, 2008 8:02 PM

Right Wing Ralphie

He's wooing the Paulites:
Although commonly associated with the political left, Ralph Nader has wooed conservative voters in the past. He wanted his 2004 independent candidacy — as opposed to his 2000 Green candidacy — to attract disaffected conservatives and libertarians. Justin Raimondo supported Nader in ‘04, and Pat Buchanan and Ron Paul himself are friendly with Nader.
Jun 13, 2008 7:35 PM

Replacing Russert

Jun 13, 2008 7:30 PM