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Carville Throws Out Al Gore As Possible Obama Veep

Not gonna happen, but he said it so here it is:
"I think if I was Senator Obama I would say the biggest economic problem we face is the biggest national security problem and the biggest environmental problem. And if I were him, I would ask Al Gore to serve as his vice president, his energy czar, in his administration to reduce our consumption and reliance on foreign energy sources," he told Wolf Blitzer.
Jun 11, 2008 6:57 PM

45 Years Ago, Gov. George Wallace Stood In That School House Door

The Moderate Voice discusses the day in history:
I would ask you to take a moment and think about this. The event in question took place in 1963. That was 45 years ago… well within the lifespan of many readers (as well as the author) and is really only a heartbeat ago in the history of our species. On that day a seated State Governor in the United States stood in a university doorway and dared the President to force him to allow “the darkies” into the hallowed halls of higher education. Today a debate rages about whether or not a black man should be elected president of this country. And to our credit - at least in the more intelligent quarters - the argument centers on the experience and policy positions of the candidates. And some of the people who witnessed the first argument are here today to witness the most recent. Give yourselves a pat on the back. The road is long and there is more to travel, but we’ve certainly come a long way.
Jun 11, 2008 6:41 PM

It Ain't Just The Primary, Friend

Jason Bonham seems perplexed by the possibility John McCain might pick Mitt Romney as his Veep:
If Romney won the Veep I suppose I would be happy and all, but that’s just weird. Was the primary just an elaborate setup?
Jun 11, 2008 6:25 PM

Not Populist, Just Appealing To A Different Sort Of Elite

John Carney with an interesting take on John McCain's anti-CEO rhetoric:
Is John McCain trying to make headway with the activist investor community? Activists have been among have been among the vocal critics of lavish executive pay packages at public companies, and most of the biggest names among the activists favor Democrats in this election.
Jun 11, 2008 6:21 PM

Fear As Motivitor

Republican operative Patrick Ruffini cites evidence that incumbent presidents don't often lose reelection battles encouraging conservatives to get real, real scared at the prospect of eight years of Obama so they don't forget to hold their nose for McCain in 2008:
So, a quick rebound in 2012 following a McCain loss isn't really an option here, folks. Unless we manage to make up serious ground in the House and hold our losses to 3-4 in the Senate, 2010 could be out of play in terms of taking one or both chambers to keep President Obama in check, though we may well be mired in a recession then. And don't forget the awful redistricting cycle we're headed for. Anyone making the calculation to leave anything on the field in '08 needs to fully factor in that it will be 2016 at the earliest before we take back the White House if we don't succeed in '08. Don't harbor any illusions of a quick bounceback. There is going to be a long sorting out process if we lose.
Jun 11, 2008 6:06 PM

Waller World

More back and forth between members of the law firm Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis and the Bredesen administration courtesy of Matt Pulle.
Jun 11, 2008 6:01 PM

McCain Advisor Proposes To Cut Defense Spending To Pay For Tax Cuts

That's right, you heard me:
McCain's top economic adviser, Doug Holtz-Eakin, blithely supposes that cuts in defense spending could make up for reducing the corporate tax rate from 35% to 25% and the subsequent shrinkage in federal revenues. Get that? The national security candidate wants to cut spending on our national security. Wait until the generals and the admirals hear that.
Jun 11, 2008 5:52 PM

Endorsing Padgett

Some interesting folks are lining up behind U.S. Senate Democratic candidate Mike Padgett in his race against Bob Tuke. Some are no surprise. Randy Button is a former partner in the firm running the campaign, for example. Some other names have a bit of pop to them, however. Former Democratic Caucus Chair and anticipated Secretary of State candidate Randy Rinks along with fellow house members Joe Armstrong, Eddie Bass and Dennis Ferguson are all on board as is Democratic Party icon, Anna Belle Clement O’Brien. A powerful player in Memphis, always nice for an East Tennessean to have, is also on the team. Most intriguing, however, is the name of Jeremy Kane, founder and school director of LEAD Academy. Perhaps it's a stereotype, and I've never met the man, but one would not expect a charter school pioneer barely in his third decade of life to immediately gravitate towards a good ole boy like Padgett. The only Davidson Countian on the list, Kane's endorsement hits Tuke where he lives. SEE ALSO: R. Neal Left Wing Cracker
Jun 11, 2008 5:22 PM

In Defense Of Discord

Brokered conventions, historically, don't necessarily end in defeat in the general election:
Of the 26 multiple-ballot nominees, 11  (Democrat James Polk of Tennessee in 1844, Democrat Franklin Pierce of New Hampshire in 1852, Democrat James Buchanan of Pennsylvania in 1856, Republican Abraham Lincoln of Illinois in 1860, Republican Rutherford Hayes of Ohio in 1876, Republican James Garfield of Ohio in 1880, Democrat Grover Cleveland of New York in 1884, Republican Benjamin Harrison of Indiana in 1888, Republican Warren Harding of Ohio in 1920, Democrat Woodrow Wilson of New Jersey in 1912, and Democrat Franklin Roosevelt of New York in 1932) went on to win the Presidency in the general election. This represents a success rate of 42%. Of these successful multiple-ballot nominees, the most ballots it took to nominate were 49 for Pierce, 46 for Wilson, and 36 for Garfield. Three of these multiple-ballot nominees - Lincoln, Wilson, and Roosevelt - are considered to be among our country's greatest Presidents.
Jun 11, 2008 4:32 PM

Ruining It For Everyone

Jeff Woods reports that predominately white "urban pioneers" are lobbying to be exempted from a plan to rezone Metro schools into neighborhood schools.
The “Chamber of Commerce types,” as one source describes them, are lobbying behind the scenes to excuse gentrifying neighborhoods near downtown from following the plan because it would send those children to schools in poorer, predominantly black parts of North Nashville. They haven’t taken a public stance yet. But sources tell the Scene that during an annual Chamber-sponsored conference in Miami two weeks ago, they pressured school board members to carve out exceptions to the plan for Germantown, Hope Gardens and Salemtown as well as for downtown itself. They argued that students living near downtown—many of them the children of young white professionals or “urban pioneers,” as they like to call themselves—shouldn’t be forced to attend the mostly black Pearl-Cohn cluster of schools, these sources say. Children living around downtown are zoned for the Hillsboro cluster in upscale Green Hills now.
Jun 11, 2008 4:28 PM