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Rep. Stacey Campfield observes Rep. Bill Dunn back home amongst his constituents:
It looked like the scene in the godfather movie where the Don walks down the street only in this version it was in orange and white as Bill walked through the crowd. People were coming up to Bill shaking his hand and telling him what a great job he was doing. Bill was gracious, kind and unassuming as always. It was impressive to watch as all the candidates and people from both sides of the fence came up to talk to him. In the godfather movie it wasn't much later that the Don got killed. In this version I think the Don is going to have a long life. The only killing will be on election day.
May 27, 2008 9:03 PM
The Nashvillest reports on a political event you might want to take part in or disrupt depending on your proclivities:
Moveon.org is hosting a Bush-McCain Challenge tomorrow at noon, downtown at the Old Seanachie Pub. The premise seems to be “who dun it” trivia. We’re not sure exactly how the event will be formatted, but you can practice online. It sounds like it will be entertaining, so we’ll be lurking around. They really want volunteers who know how to upload videos to YouTube, so if you can help them out and have some down time, catch up with us there.
May 27, 2008 8:58 PM
Tom Guleff composes a very interesting mock draft of possible 2010 Gubernatorial candidates. Here is his take on Bill Frist:
Cohen’s ability to score has never been doubted, but it will much tougher for him making the transition to the game because of his size. He’s not really a traditional two-guard, and teams often would rather have scorers at the three, but pure shooters at the two. Much was made about Steve’s attitude adjustment this past year, but whatever problems he had in the past were generally overrated. For him to ever develop into a big-time scorer, he’ll need to work on catching and shooting coming off curls, or shooting off the dribble. Steve seems like he'd fit best on democratic teams that love to score with the ball.
May 27, 2008 8:55 PM
R. Neal highlights a very interesting quote from Mike Huckabee identifying the real enemy of Republicanism:
The greatest threat to classic Republicanism is not liberalism; it's this new brand of libertarianism, which is social liberalism and economic conservatism, but it's a heartless, callous, soulless type of economic conservatism because it says "look, we want to cut taxes and eliminate government. If it means that elderly people don't get their Medicare drugs, so be it. If it means little kids go without education and healthcare, so be it." Well, that might be a quote pure economic conservative message, but it's not an American message. It doesn't fly.
May 27, 2008 6:24 PM
Radio Free Mt. Juliet wants to know why the City Commission meetings in their growing hamlet are no longer regularly posted on the web in streaming video:
From 2002 until 2008, the City of Mt. Juliet regularly posted a streaming video recording of the last several City Commission meetings on its website. This had the advantage of making it easy for citizens to review the last several Commission meetings conveniently. But that practice has come to an end. The last City Commission meeting available on the City website is from February of 2008. There have been five Commission meetings since the last one posted. None have been made available. And apparently, they won’t be made available on the website anymore. No explanation has been offered for the change in practice. There is no state law or city ordinance that we are aware of that requires the video of Commission meetings to be posted… but the question remains as to why the practice was stopped.
May 27, 2008 6:14 PM
Blake Fontenay has to beg to differ with on one of the bits of information given Barack Obama by Harold Ford in a recent Newsweek article.
Ford also suggested that after Obama’s infamous campaign appearance at a bowling alley earlier this year, the candidate should have returned the next night to try to improve on his 37 score.I’ve got to disagree with Ford on that point. After a performance like that, I think Obama would be better off just picking another sport. After all, a lot of regular folks play slow pitch softball, too. And the distance between the foul lines on a softball diamond is a lot wider than the distance between those gutters in a bowling alley.
May 27, 2008 6:12 PM
John Rodgers reports that Congressman Marsha Blackburn could see clear to vote for a gas tax as long as certain conditions were met:
“Waiving that tax, you could do. But you have to backfill that money, and imposing the earmark moratorium for one year would be the way to do it and not have it impact the highway transportation trust fund and not be a mandate to the states,” Blackburn said after speaking to the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.
May 27, 2008 5:53 PM
Brendan Loy shares interesting quotations while bringing the news of former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney's nomination for President by the Green Party:
Cornell professor Peter Swartz, opposing McKinney's appointment to that university's faculty in 2003, famously wrote: "Ms. McKinney is a racist and anti-Semite of the first rank. If she were white and male, she would be David Duke." Well, hey, David Duke ran for president in 1988 (first as a Democrat, then as a Populist) and in 1992 (as a Republican). She's just following in her mentor's footsteps!
May 27, 2008 5:53 PM
Clint Brewer today attempts to make the case that Senator John Wilder's failure to extend the Tennessee plan for judicial selection was not a case of partisan politics, as Wilder himself asserted upon his defeat on the Senate floor, but instead was simply a case of senators following a tradition laid out by Senator Wilder of respecting the committee system. In trying to bypass the committee system and bring the bill straight to the floor it was Wilder, Brewer suggests, who violated the status of the Senate being the Senate. Regardless of what you think of the Tennessee Plan or Wilder, anyone who watched this video had to be struck by the sadness of the display. Here was, in essence, a Tennessee political icon, asking former allies who had stood with him before to stand with him again. Was it partisanship that led the Republican coalition to stand with their new Speaker in insuring that the Tennessee Plan, as presently configured, would die or was it just politics. When Wilder had power, he was the one, he was the dealmaker, he could get members to break way from their party caucuses and join him. That was because he had power and a political future. It was not party, principle or a spirit of bipartisanship that led folks to follow Wilder before. Wilder held the gavel. He was the shotcaller. He may have been a benevolent dictator in the past but the point was he was no kind of dictator at all anymore. He was asking these Republicans to go against their Speaker, the future of their party, out of personal loyalty. His central argument was not for the Plan, but for him. Sure, he articulated a defense but the speech was designed not to be persuasive on the merits of the plan. It was an opportunity for Wilder to drop names, Woodsen, Crowe, Burchett in an attempt to make a personal appeal for support. It turned out, however, that his relationship with these Republicans was not personal but political. They did not go against "principle" to vote with Ramsey anymore than they did when they went with him. In fact, if there is to be charges of partisanship, if by partisanship one means putting party before principle, one could point just as easily to other side. While people accuse Rosalind Kurita, of playing Ron Ramsey's lapdog in this vote, that charge is capricious when one considers that Kurita is the senate's chief populist when it comes to "democratizing" offices. She wants just about every office one can think of voted on by the people, one could not imagine her feelings would be different on the subject of judges. Senators Jim Kyle and Doug Henry, however, voted against implementation of the Tennessee Plan in 1994. One would expect, at least in Henry's case, he did so based on his strict constitutionalism, what changed this time? Was it partisan politics that lead these Democrats who voted against the plan then to embrace it now? Was it personal? Or was it, just as Brewer suggests, just politics?
May 27, 2008 5:36 PM