…self-confident political groupings seek converts – look at Obama. Failed and failing political groupings seek to punish and list heretics.
and was thinking, “Well, then, shit, by that standard, all Tennessee has are failed and failing political groups” when I saw that Vibinc seems to have reached a similar conclusion by a different path.
The culprit in both cases, a long held sense on the part of individuals in both parties that Patronage and Privilege somehow in some way protected them from the unwashed masses that ultimately hold the key to their success.
The uprising isn’t party specific, it’s specifically a reaction to the privilege and patronage that follows an organization that has lost its way. Tennessee has the pleasure of being served by two such organizations, both political parties.
What to make of that? I don’t know.
2. I’m tired of defending Lynn, who I despise as a legislator, but Jesus Christ. She seems to me to be the only person in this whole sordid affair who is actually acting like a real person with no agenda. She did what she thought was the best thing. She also, for reasons I don’t comprehend, wanted to keep this whole thing private and now finds that she can’t. And she wants to be an active participant in her own life–“I don’t want to be treated like an object. I want to be treated like a professional, like a peer. That’s all I was asking for.”–(And I’m sorry, but that breaks my heart.)–which means that, for herself, she has to figure out how to act like a professional, like a leader. So, yeah, it means she’s going to speak when she said she wasn’t going to. She may have been pissed at Williams and also friendly with him. So what? She’s making her way as she goes.
I don’t like her, but I’m rooting for her to find her way.
3. I am not sure where the proper comparison might be made, but I feel like comparing District 3 to District 19 doesn’t really tell you much about an urban/suburban divide because District 3 is not exactly suburban. It’s a weird mix of urban/”rural” (or what passes for rural in this county. As of yet, we don’t have any big box stores. No chain restaurants. No national grocery stores. Shoot, the hardware store by my house only takes cash. There’s nothing here (yet) that makes this area a recognizeably suburban area. On the other hand, the southern parts of the District are closely tied to Bordeaux. In fact, it seems clear that the bottom border of District 3 bisects neighborhoods (and I wonder in some cases, if that wasn’t intentional–to try to make everything north of Briley “safe” for whites). So the more neighborhood-like parts of our district (meaning areas with discernable blocks and small lots and side streets you can walk on or play in), which are more heavily populated, are predominately black. No surprise then, that the district went for Obama. But the rural areas are predominately old white people, who are more likely to come out to vote on a special election day.
So, it makes sense to me that the general election would handily go to Obama, but the special election would more narrowly go to English only. I’m not sure what that tells you in a comparison between the two districts, though, because I think the two districts may have more in common than they do in comparison.