That was my opinion, too, that both candidates left me feeling like, “Oh, okay, good. Whoever gets this position seems to understand the magnitude of the problem and has some ideas for how to solve them.” Mack’s right that Forrester seemed a little more platitudy than Bone, but the man was on vacation and on speakerphone and so I cut him some slack.
But yeah, I do feel good about both candidates.
So, I went from an uninformed “whatever” to an informed “whichever.”
We were talking some, too, about the… genius… and I use that word reluctantly… of what the TNGOP does. About how they made a commitment to have someone who would get out there and pound their message and keep their base informed. I was joking yesterday about how every dumbass thing that goes on in the country seems to have some tie to some Tennessee Republican.
But then I’ve been thinking about whether it’s a certain kind of branding. If the Republican party is going to be more and more a Southern, religious, conservative party and if someone in the TNGOP doesn’t see that trend reversing, and if that person looks out over the political landscape and sees how strong the base is here in Tennessee, why not have a Tennessee Republican attached to every dumbass thing the Republicans do?
The Republican base doesn’t think those things are dumbass, for one, so it doesn’t hurt the dumbass-thing doer with the base. In fact, it makes him or her more popular. And second, I’m sure hearing “Tennessee Republican…” “The Republican from Tennessee…” over and over and over again creates a sense that there’s a core group of Republican leaders in Tennessee.
And that’s obviously good for Tennessee Republicans.
But here’s my last point. Early on in the evening someone mentioned, “I heard about the TVA disaster on CNN, just like all of you,” and I blurted out, “But we didn’t hear about it on CNN a week after it happened. We heard about it on the internet right away.”
And I thought and think right now that, Jesus Christ, if a disaster of that magnitude can happen in our state and our elected officials have to hear about it on CNN?
I just don’t know.
I’m naive I guess, but I assume that when there’s a major catastrophe, an unprecidented disaster that has implications for every place in the state with similar holding ponds, that there’s somebody somewhere who’s job it is to alert our state leaders that it’s happened.