Here’s the Problem with being a Showboating Jackass

Someone, and I’m not naming names, but his name rhymes with Big Mac…  Ha, wait, no, his name does not rhyme with Big Mac.  His name is a homonym with Big Mac.  His name rhymes with Shaq.  Whew, revoke my poet’s licence.

Anyway, that someone is all the time lecturing me about the importance of not just the message, but how the message is presented.

I guess this means I’m supposed to make brownies for all the wrong-headed people in this country and then, as I hand them a glass of cool milk to wash the chocolatey goodness down, I could thrust my breasts in their faces and coyly whisper in their ears my plea for them to take my positions seriously.

It just seems like that would take a lot of time and I do work.

But, folks, imagine Stacey Campfield in a tux, cut nicely across his shoulders, fabric buttons that lay flat across his stomach and sleeves cut at just the right length to give you a hint of stark, white cuff.  His shoes impeccably polished and his grin refined to a Clooney-esque irresistibly.

You’re talking about, say, his lame idea to require death certificates for aborted fetuses and rather than open his mouth and say, “I care about women.  I really care about unborn women.” or something just as equally obnoxious, he were to say, “Do you know how difficult it is to get funding for pre-natal healthcare in this state?  Do you know how hard it is for parents to get resources from the state once their babies have been born?  Women, and what a divine woman you are, Aunt B., so charming, so delightful, so intriguing, so brilliant… Where was I?  Yes, women in Tennessee don’t have the resources they need.  Everyone knows this but no one does anything about it.  I was hoping that this drastic measure would lead to a discussion about how to help women and I had not thought through the fact that I was advocating creating a public record of who’d had abortions, thus violating Doctor/Patient privilege.”

You’d literally have to walk away from him, go to the bathroom, call up the Professor and say, “I’m trying to hate him, but he seems so reasonable.” and have her remind you of all the boneheaded crap he’s pulled.

But no, instead, he is who he is and I continue to be who I am and I find that every time he opens his mouth, I begin praying for someone to interrupt.  Who can possibly take anything he says seriously?

And yet…

Yes, folks, I have just “and yet…”ed about Stacey Campfield.

I do believe that the State needs to cut the sales tax on food and not just by some lame ass half of a percent.  Food taxes are inherently unfair because they take up such a large portion of poor people’s budgets and relatively little of rich people’s.  And, though it didn’t work, I support Republicans’ (yes, even Campfield’s) efforts to substantially lower it.  Why Democrats are against this is unclear and almost embarrassing to me.

I think that having streaming video in the capitol is not just hilarious, but also a vital component to keeping our state government accountable for the decisions it makes and how it makes them.  I would be pissed if they do away with it.  And I would support Campfield’s efforts to resist those efforts.  Shoot, let’s put a camera on Campfield and let him stream the video to his website.

And toll roads in Tennessee?  Please.  Stupid and I hope everyone will map alternative routes around them.  If rumors are true, those toll roads will be privately maintained.  If so, then damn straight the government shouldn’t be able to use eminent domain to take land for those projects.  Let private developers buy the land just like they would have to for any other private development.  Sadly, that failed.

What’s my point?  My point is that Campfield has some ideas that are good for the State of Tennessee and if he weren’t such a, in my opinion, showboating jackass, he’d find more bipartisan support for his good ideas.

It’s a shame he doesn’t.  Because, yes, when he’s wrong, he’s really really  wrong, but when he’s right, on those rare occasions, he’s on the mark.

8 thoughts on “Here’s the Problem with being a Showboating Jackass

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  2. I wouldn’t let Mack know that you agree with him, even in theory as the theory applies to Stacey Campfield. Because it could tend to make him insufferable.

  3. Oh, and this:

    But, folks, imagine Stacey Campfield in a tux, cut nicely across his shoulders, fabric buttons that lay flat across his stomach and sleeves cut at just the right length to give you a hint of stark, white cuff. His shoes impeccably polished and his grin refined to a Clooney-esque irresistibly.

    is making me seriously worried. What is the compulsion you have to fantasize about conservative men?

  4. NM, ha! Lord knows we don’t need Mack being insufferable. But Mack in a tux? Perhaps…

    As for conservatives, I’m just trying to imagine them redeemable.

  5. Wanna know why they’re trying to get toll roads? Bredesen has been robbing the highway fund for several years so TDOT is in a budget crunch. The state has a huge budget surplus but TDOT has hiring freezes and is pushing all sorts of jobs due to lack of construction funds.

    Word is we won’t meet our obligations to get matching funds from the Feds soon. If we can’t come up with our share of the project budget then those Federal dollars go to Nevada or something.

    Sorry to distract from your conservative fantasising….

  6. Yeah, I thought the effort was admirable (sorry, Mack). I might have commented over at SC’s positively but I’m of course banned over there. No biggie.

    I did see a picture of him a few weeks ago I had never seen before, nor the expression, and dude does have a nice smile. So see, Stace, I can say something positive about you once in a while. Twice even when you do something non-grandstandingly decent.

  7. Anyway, that someone is all the time lecturing me about the importance of not just the message, but how the message is presented.

    I find that bit amusing since that someone admonished me about not “dismissing the message because we [read: I, me, Kate] don’t like how it’s delivered” right before he claimed to be smarter than Karsten. ;) To his point, though, when you’re the one admitting that you’re having a hard time seeing the message through the delivery, but then you see it anyway, as you’ve done here, that comes across as all kinds of wise.

    But yeah, so, back to your point: yes, the “medium” is once again the message. Or at least the medium becomes the message. It’s no wonder Campfield can’t be heard above all his bluster. He’s made the bluster the message. So much so that agreeing with him on even a point-by-point basis requires as much explanation and context-setting as you’ve provided here.

    Which is why, yes, being a showboating jackass may get you attention in the short term but eventually becomes counter-productive.

  8. Aunt B-And toll roads in Tennessee? Please. Stupid and I hope everyone will map alternative routes around them. If rumors are true, those toll roads will be privately maintained. If so, then damn straight the government shouldn’t be able to use eminent domain to take land for those projects. Let private developers buy the land just like they would have to for any other private development. Sadly, that failed.

    I see a lawsuit coming… Is the Govnah losing his marbles with all his big government, more taxes agenda?

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