Rob Huddleston says:
While Stacey may be taking it on the chin right now as his bills are shredded by a do-nothing Democratic majority in the Tennessee House, he is positioning himself as a leader of the conservative movement in this state. Articles like this do nothing but cement Stacey as one of our leaders.
Hold up there! Positioning himself as a leader of the conservative movement in Tennessee?
Y’all, seriously. Do you read him? Do you listen to what he says? Or are you so enamored with the idea that there’s someone in the state legislature who drives the Democrats crazy, you’re willing to anoint him your leader, regardless of whatever fool thing comes out of his mouth?
–Is it okay that he threatened a local blogger’s job just because he didn’t like that said local blogger contradicted him?
–Is it okay that he proposed one of the most egregious violations of doctor/client confidentiality and government interference into medicine just because it furthers your anti-abortion goals?
–What about his willingness to prevent the county election commissions from releasing information they collect about the candidates? How’s that promoting democracy?
—As I said back in February
There are a few things I find extremely interesting. One is that Campfield (a Republican) seems hell-bent on regulating the shit out of our lives. Provide proof that you’re a U.S. citizen. Provide information to the state about your medical history. Provide information to your abuser when he or she wants it. Provide DNA so that your father can feel sure that he’s yours. Provide proof that you don’t discriminate. Provide proof of your STD status. Provide, provide, provide.
Your life is up for scrutiny and, if you fail to negotiate said scrutiny, you have to pay.
But check out HB 796, which will surprise none of you. While Campfield moves to make our lives more open to scrutiny, he’s moving to make his and his fellow legislators’ lives a little more opaque.
How’s us all living under scrutiny square withe a conservative agenda? Seriously.
–The man thinks “Hitler” is a cute nickname for someone he likes.
–Coble’s point–the man said, in plain English, “What do I have to worry about? […]I might as well speak my mind and speak my piece.” and you didn’t, even in the back of your mind think, even as you were smiling at how much that would annoy some folks, “Well, yeah, but he does have to worry about his constituents, right?”
–And today he told you that he doesn’t mind being compared to Don Quixote. Funny, I don’t recall devotion to a false belief, even in the face of crushing evidence otherwise, being a great quality in a leader. But I’m open to hearing how the Republicans are best served by a man who thinks a willful acceptance of a clearly false reality to be a fine compliment.
That’s really what you want in a leader?
Or do you somehow believe him to be different than the man he seems to repeatedly prove himself to be?