Three Stories from Tennessee

1.  Andy Berke is considering a run for Governor.  I’ll be watching to see what message he’s running on.  I find it amusing that the Party is all “Oh, you don’t understand how hard it is for us to craft a message that appeals across the state!  Oh, boo hoo, there isn’t just one thing the Democrats could stand for that would appeal to a lot of constituencies.”  And yet, Democrats run for Governor.  Of the whole damn state.  So, clearly, some Democrats believe that there is something at least one Democrat can stand for that would appeal to a wide swath of the state, or else they’d stop running for state-wide office.  I’m curious to see what Berke thinks that message is.  (Personal note to Andy: If you win the Governorship, I pledge today to donate $500 to the cause of your choice, if you vow to never, ever, ever recommend that anyone spend any time what so ever at Walmart.)

2.  This story in the Tennessean is so ridiculous I about choked reading it.

“‘They had not seen any indications that there was some type of imminent problem with the dike,’ said TVA spokesman Mike Harris.” but the whole article is one blowout or problem with the dike or another.  If that doesn’t count as an imminent problem, I just don’t know what does.

3.  Yet another transgendered woman was shot in Memphis.  Here’s to a swift recovery and protection for her when she deals with the police.

3 thoughts on “Three Stories from Tennessee

  1. Pingback: A Pledge To Andy Berke : Post Politics: Political News and Views in Tennessee

  2. Funny thing about the seeming impossibility of crafting a cogent statewide message… the astonishingly reality is that poor black people from south Memphis have a lot more in common with poor white people from Appalachia than either group–or any political candidate so far–would care to admit. Most urban African-Americans that I know tend to be highly conservative on social issues, and would be very receptive to a moderate campaign that had a strong economic recovery message. My point is, the campaign you take to the inner city is not all that different, word for word, than the campaign you take to the small towns and rural counties. Finding a statewide majority of moderate Democrats becomes not-impossible when party leaders and candidates stop thinking about our state’s urban areas as alien worlds bereft of intelligent life.

    This race belongs to whichever candidate from whichever party comes in with a half-way sensible plan to recruit more businesses to the state, get health insurance for everyone’s kids, and help keep people in their homes.

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