Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard reports that Senator Bob Corker has come a long way from the man who some believe won his Senate seat as a benefiary of unseemly racial politics:
Bob Corker's introduction to the nation and to politicians in Washington was not auspicious. In his race against Democratic representative Harold Ford for an open Senate seat in Tennessee in 2006, the Republican National Committee aired a TV ad featuring a white woman who says she "met Harold at the Playboy party." In the ad's tag line, she adds, "Harold, call me," and winks at the camera. The ad drew enormous attention and, since Ford is African American, was attacked as racist. Corker urged the RNC to take the ad off the air. It was too late. He won narrowly, though the ad probably hurt his campaign more than it helped. Today, after 18 months in the Senate, Corker has overcome the stain of being linked, if only involuntarily, to an infamous episode.(FT: Ned Williams)
Jun 23, 2008 9:10 AM
Rex Noseworthy reports on a local television station's absence from an important Metro council meeting:
Channel 4 called the Barry house during the gathering and said, “We weren’t at the Council meeting, can someone there tell us if anything important happened?” Only if you consider passing the $1.5 billion operating budget important. Councilman Erik Cole, chairman of the Budget and Finance committee, kindly got on the horn and told Channel 4 what they missed. Maybe next time they could at least try flipping on Metro 3.
Jun 23, 2008 9:04 AM
Tim Chavez asserts that, no matter how much he may want to, Barack Obama cannot pick Bill Richardson to be his runningmate:
Gov. Bill Richardson, who has tons of foreign policy experience, has the baggage of being and looking Hispanic. Running on a ticket with another minority would be a nightmare for too many white voters. Change is one thing, but that would be ... well, unimaginable, even for an Oliver Stone movie. Some folks are looking for an excuse not to vote for a black man. Putting a brown man with Obama will seal the sentiment at the ballot box.
Jun 23, 2008 9:00 AM
Pat Nolan says that Eric Crafton's English First proposal may bring out conservative voters to the polls but, ultimately, it wouldn't do any good for candidates hoping to ride any coattails:
The measure could serve as a powerful motivator for conservative voters, said Pat Nolan, a political analyst and host of the television show Inside Politics, but he doubts they could have much impact in delivering Davidson County to McCain. “Davidson County is normally a Democratic County, and all indications are that Tennessee will be a red (Republican) state that is not in play this year,” Nolan said. “So, I’m not convinced a measure like this is going to go a long way in delivering this state or this county for John McCain.”
Jun 23, 2008 8:57 AM
Chris Sanders caught up with the Congressman just after a fundraiser at Nashville's Tin Angel restaurant featuring House Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Later in the afternoon, Cohen stopped at Red Restaurant for another event with Nashville's GLBT community where he was warmly welcomed for his support of the Matthew Shepard Act and other legislation.
Jun 23, 2008 8:49 AM
White nationalists see an "awakening" on the part of many whites in reaction to the candidacy of Barack Obama:
"I get nonstop e-mails and private message from new people who are mad as hell about the possibility of Obama being elected," said Black, a white power activist since the 1970s. "White people, for a long time, have thought of our government as being for us, and Obama is the best possible evidence that we've lost that. This is scaring a lot of people who maybe never considered themselves racists, and it's bringing them over to our side."
Jun 23, 2008 8:27 AM
Despite kinship on antiwar issues, Politico reports that there is no reason to believe supporters of Ron Paul will turn out for Barack Obama:
Although Paul is often called a libertarian, his supporters seem to be significantly more conservative than most libertarian-leaning voters, who were nearly split between Bush and Kerry in 2004. Paul “tapped into anti-war, socially conservative voters,” explained Brink Lindsey, vice president for research at the libertarian CATO Institute. “A lot of [Paul supporters] are going to vote a straight Republican ticket,” said Jean McIver. “A number will vote Republican for everything but the president.” Others, though, will vote for McCain as the lesser of the two evils with a chance of taking the White House. “A lot of [Paul supporters] are in a quandary over McCain,” said Jean McIver, Paul’s Texas coordinator. “Some will vote for McCain because they don’t want Obama to win.”
Jun 23, 2008 8:21 AM
Senator Mark Norris and his law firm get a brief mention in this long piece on the corruption of former state Senator John Ford for their inability to produce records or explain a $25,000 payment to the embattled former Senator. SEE ALSO: Stacey Campfield
Jun 23, 2008 8:13 AM
Both Kay Brooks and Bill Hobbs blog on the case of a property owner whose stake is at risk due to attempts by developers to use government power to force her off her land.
This area is no where near blighted and the city should be ashamed of picking on Miss Joy to line the pockets of a developer that will never have the ties to that neighborhood or this city like Miss Joy and her Country International Records. Does any of this look 'blighted' to you? Can you even FIND Miss Joy's property in these pictures? If Lionstone lacks the vision to make money with the property they have available perhaps they're not entity that can make the best use of the property at all.
Jun 23, 2008 8:05 AM