Promising to show you "Nashville like you've never seen before," former Metro Council Member John Summers has launched Music City BiPlane Tours, which gives you and a friend the option to take sightseeing flights of 15, 30 or 60 minutes around the Nashville area. Says Summers, who's been a pilot for a decade: "It's like taking a cruise in a convertible or motorcycle, but instead of driving down the highway with all the traffic, you're all by yourself at 2,000 feet where you can see everything."
Nor were supporters of the losers on Saturday necessarily placated, despite Forrester’s call for unity and his summons to “these fine young men” (Kuhn, Munday, and dropout candidate Justin Walley) to stand with him in the well of the House chamber after the vote. “It is what it is,” said Munday supporter Joan Cheek of Nashville, and her husband Will Cheek, a former state party chairman, was talking out loud about creating a 527 organization, named for a section of the IRS code that permits politically oriented fundraising organizations to operate with de facto tax breaks. Cheek may have been envisioning a 527 as a vehicle for circumventing a Forrester-dominated party apparatus, or he may, as he said, have merely seen such an organization as an effective auxiliary way to widen Democratic support. “Let it happen. We heard they wanted to do that two years ago, and we wish they had,” commented Upton. In any case, Forrester was once again a winner, whatever that might portend for the Democratic future, or for his own, at age 56. “I’m a tough old guy,” he said at a victory celebration at Puckett’s, a downtown Nashville pub, where he talked about proposing a party bylaw imposing a four-year term limit on future party chairmen. One of the attendees at Forrester’s victory party was former Nashville city councilman and veteran lobbyist John Summers, who mused out loud that what Democrats had to do in the future was imitate Republicans by developing a strong central thesis and requiring the party’s candidates to hold to it. “That’s how they got to where they are today. Not personality but message. Democrats should do the same,” he said.