Our Governor literally has a blog (if one can “have” a blog if one only blogs, on average, twice a year), but I want to talk more about Bredesen’s blogger-like self-presentation. Am I the only one who has noticed that Bredesen runs around the real world acting like it’s his own personal blogosphere? I’m just thinking about how anyone who hangs around blogs for very long starts to notice that there are certain postures people adopt when blogging and commenting which, though I’m sure designed to make the posturer feel like Mr. McAwesome, leave the rest of us rolling our eyes.
And that, my friends, is how Phil Bredesen appears to be moving through the real world. You know the characters. Now let’s see how Bredesen stacks up.
1. The concern troll. The concern troll is the dude who wants you to take an approach almost completely opposite to the approach you’re taking, an approach that almost certainly would not work and would play into the hands of your opponent, and he frames his suggestion as being just because he cares so deeply for you and your cause that he wants to make sure it doesn’t fail. See Bredesen’s “Instead of giving big speeches at big stadiums, he needs to give straight-up 10-word answers to people at Wal-Mart about how he would improve their lives.” (NYTimes)
2. The “You must respect my vast education” troll. This is the person who swoops into a conversation, usually full of intellegent people saying smart things, who must, must, must reveal his vast education to everyone so that they will know to take him extra seriously and give him all the respect he’s due. See Bredesen’s “He needs to come to the aisle of Home Depot and show them that a Harvard graduate — which I am as well — knows how to help them.” (also NYTimes)
3. The Completely Unselfaware. I think that’s pretty self-explanatory. This is the person who seems unaware that their previous thoughts and actions are still out there for people to see for themselves and judge for themselves. But in Bredesen’s case, we can see it in the way he runs around touting the great success of TennCare while being responsible for the deaths of people he kicked off it and, even now, is taking legitimate criticism from the likes of Bill Fucking Hobbs, about slashing funding to kids with mental illnesses and cutting funding to people who need 24-hour care. (Tennessean)
I almost think you could argue that our governor is a Blogger Governor, even if he’s not exactly blogging.
(h/t GoldenI, whose post got me thinking. Go have some fried ravioli, woman! You can thank me later.)