In the wake of the Democratic disaster that was our state-wide election, I keep hearing two things, from Democrats mind you, that need to be addressed. 1. Democrats lost the election because of Obama. 2. We need to move “to the middle” to pick up votes.
I don’t believe we lost because of Obama. I believe we lost because the Democrats appeared to regular voters to be constantly putting their own desires ahead of the needs of the state.
But I want to clearly address the Democrats who do.
Listen. I hear you. I hear that you were never able to overcome the “Obama is a secret Muslim baby-killer who wasn’t even born in this country and is the intellectual love child of Malcolm X and Karl Marx” meme. That people’s fear of what kind of person Obama is was just so great it ruined it for everyone else.
And I have just one question for you. You know it was Tennessee Republicans who promoted and spread and beat half to death the whole “Obama is a secret Muslim terrorist” thing, right?
I just want to be clear about this, for us both to be clear about this. You know it was Tennessee Republicans who promoted and spread the idea that Obama is a secret Muslim, right?
Okay, I’m sorry, two questions. This will be my last one.
If you know that it was a main strategy of the Tennessee Republicans to win this election on the lie that Obama is a secret Muslim terrorist–and I repeat, on the lie–how can you suggest we move “to the center” to be more like the Republicans?
Did you pay no attention to what the Republicans were up to this year? Oops, sorry; that’s three questions.
Listen, if voters have only to choose from Republicans and pseudo-Republicans, they’re going to vote Republican. We have to stand for things. Things that are different than what the Republicans stand for.
But, listen just for a second longer. I know it’s more tempting to believe that Tennessee voted against Barack Obama than it is to believe that Tennessee voted against Tennessee Democrats. But, if you believe that Tennessee was punishing downticket Democrats for Obama, then what you’re saying is that Tennesseans are so racist that not only won’t most of us vote for a black man, we’ll not vote for white people who share the same party as a black man.
That’s pretty damn racist.
Do you really believe that Tennessee is so damn racist that we’d not only vote against a black man just because he’s black (and I concede, we may indeed be that racist), but also that we’d vote against white people even vaguely associated with him?
I’ve got to be frank with you. No.
Democrats, look in the mirror! Go to the library, pull up the last five years of the Tennessean and read about yourselves–People showing up on the capitol drunk, canoodling with lobbiests, not showing up at all, getting arrested by the Feds, getting arrested by the Locals, building million-dollar additions to their taxpayer funded homes while the price of milk doubles and the economy in the state tanks, ousting the one Democrat who was willing not just to say “enough” but to vote “enough,” and so on and so on and so on.
You don’t need to move right… oh, excuse me… to the center.
You need to clean house. If you stand before me and say, “I will put Tennessee first,” and you act on putting Tennessee first, people will support you.
You don’t have to move right to do that, but you do have to move towards putting Tennessee first.