The Republicans now control the state House in Tennessee for the first time since Reconstruction. I agree with Braisted that there’s a kind of rightness to it (though I think what I’m about to say next he’s not going to agree with).
The State Democrats deserved to lose.
Let’s count the big ways.
I. State Democrats appear to care more about their own backsides than doing what’s right for the state of Tennessee.
1. Ophelia Ford.
a. Why the hell is someone as obviously too sick to do her job (for whatever reasons–addiction, stroke, mental illness, who the hell knows? But it was a train wreck.) continually coddled?
b. It smelled racist, like, “Oh, we can just ignore Ophelia because everyone knows how ‘those folks’ from Memphis are. Memphis is its own thing; we can’t control them.”
To quote our national leader, “Yes, we can.” We can too ask that people be healthy enough for work or not work.
We can too demand that other Fords (and you know who I’m talking about), who every damn body knows is corrupt, stop being a state legislator before LONG BEFORE the Feds come in and arrest him. You sure as hell could run off Kurita when it suited you. You couldn’t run off the Fords?
2. Rosalind Kurita. I’ve read Braisted’s explanations for this hair-brained idiocy over and over again and I am almost to the point where I can kind of see, but come on! Did you not see how, from the outside, Wilder seemed like an old old relic caught up in playing politics and settling old scores instead of moving the state forward? And how, from the outside, it seemed like there was one Democrat willing to say “Okay, we’ve got to do what’s right for Tennessee, even if it’s not in the best interest of the party” and how the idea of putting the needs of the State before the needs of the Democrats seemed to drive you to lunacy?
You may have cost Kurita the election, but mark my words–she cost you the state. Because the rest of us were sitting here thinking “Oh, well, now we know where the state Democrats’ priorities are; not with us.”
II. The Party doesn’t take Tennessee seriously, why should we take the Party seriously?
1. Why weren’t people providing support to rural Democrats in regards to the national election? Usually, a rising tide carries all boats, but since we didn’t even bother to put a boat in the rural waters, our rural Democrats drown.
(See anything Mack has written about this.)
2. Bob Tuke. OH COME THE FUCK ON! Listen, no, no one was going to beat Lamar Alexander. Everyone knows that. Fine. So, what should your strategy have been? To use the contest as free advertising for the Democrats. Get the word out about what we stand for and what we hope to accomplish in the state (if y’all even have any ideas about what that is).
Instead, you run a guy who’s election strategy seems to be to out-corn-dog the state’s largest Corn Dog. How the hell was that ever going to work?
Who was running Bob Tuke’s campaign? Harpo Marx? Shit, if you want to adopt a strategy of impersonating someone in order to beat them, at least go back and study how Bugs Bunny did it.
III. What do you stand for? I know what the TNGOP stands for. I don’t like it. Any of it. But I know. And I know who’s going to say it–Hobbs or Campfield or Frank and then the message is carried and discussed by a wide network of informed (though thoroughly wrong-headed) voiced throughout the state.
HELLO!!!!!!!! Young people are on the internet.
Where’s our army of blogging Democratic legislators? Hobbs has time to run his own blog and release videos about whatever strikes his fancy and write long angry press releases. I suspect you think this makes it look like he doesn’t have enough to do at his real job.
I must inform you that, instead, it comes across as him having a shit-ton of energy and a lot of enthusiasm for the ideas of the Republican party.
And is there NO ONE in the whole official Democratic machine who can regularly hand that guy his ass? He’s a dooful fueled by rage and ignorance.
And now he’s got a state-wide mandate.
Thanks for nothing.