I’ve come to believe that the biggest problem facing Tennessee Democrats is that…
Okay, I take that back. The biggest problem facing Tennessee Democrats is that they became entrenched and corrupt and cut off from the vibrant liberal thought and advocacy being done in the state because they were so busy protecting their hind ends.
After that, though, the biggest problem facing the Tennessee Democrats is that who the hell knows what Tennessee Democrats stand for? In the words of Kotz, is it “We’re Slightly Less Weird about Guns, God, and Abortion!” or do we have something else to offer Tennesseans? And, if so, what?
If we just follow Kotz’s formula, I’d vote for ignoring guns completely, strengthening our (for lack of a better term) brand when it comes to religious tolerance, and moving ourselves out of the abortion corner back into a broader room of making a commitment to women and family health.
The thing about the abortion issue, the thing that makes it an impossible and stupid battle is that pro-life always means “anti-abortion but only until the butt on the line is mine.” When it’s you or your daughter or your wife who’s been raped, when it’s you or your wife or your daughter who’s got a life-threatening condition while pregnant, shoot, often when it’s your wife or you or your daughter who just cannot have a baby right now, people expect that they deserve the exception–that abortion is bad and wrong and no one should have one, ever, except they really need it, so they’re different.
Everyone knows this; no one will admit it. So we continue to have these arguments that are dishonest at their very inception, because we are never talking about the truth, we are always talking about some pretend world where, if abortions were illegal, no one would have them.
Instead, we need to recommit to
Oh holy shit.
Here I am all talking like there’s some Democratic party to reach out to and I see this pop up in my feed reader:
in a “cost-cutting measure” to leave the state party in “sound fiscal shape”, the Tennessee Democratic Party has apparently decided to fire their entire staff, except for Chairman Gray Sasser, Executive Director Kim Sasser Hayden, and office manager Vionne Williams.
What do you even say to that?
I’m sitting here laughing because I don’t know what other response to have.
Well, then, never mind. Carry on.