In Which I Say Something Very Uncharitable about the TNDP

Because the TNDP has every email address I own somehow, I have now received the following multiple times and I am growing more and more irritated:

TNDP Header Image Just a quick reminder: bidding for the head table will end at 5:00pm Central today.

Bid now for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Jackson Day at table with  Vice President Al Gore, Gov. Phil Bredesen, Gov. Ned Ray McWherter and Congressman Harold Ford Jr.

Remember: your bid must be $100 higher than the current highest bid.

I know this is how it works, but I hate the flagrant nature of it.  “Remember: your bid must be $100 higher than the current highest bid.”  Ha, ha, all us rich Democrats throwing our money around in cheerful competition with each other and in hundred dollar increments.


Like I’m supposed to believe that the person who can afford to bid on a seat at that table is having a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity”?

It’d be nice, just once, for us to give more than lip-service to being a party of people from across the board instead of making so obvious the mechanisms by which we ensure the “right” people get seated with the “right” people.

15 thoughts on “In Which I Say Something Very Uncharitable about the TNDP

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  2. Well, Ned Ray probably ain’t gonna be around all that much longer, so it may in fact be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sit with all four of them at once.

  3. Yes, it’s an unabashed plea to the fat cats to cough up a little extra just to sit with the Big Dog or Ned Ray or Bredesen or Junior.

    In one sense, it’s disconcerting, until one realizes that this is the party’s major fundraiser for the year, and they’re trying to suck out as much dinero as possible.

    They still haven’t worked out the small dollar donation thing yet, apparently, but they’re working on it.

    Until we get to total public financing, this is going to continue, and unilateral disarmament is not very effective, so we’re stuck with it.

  4. Katherine: someone who can’t avoid sticking one or both of their feet in their mouth. Coined by me about three hours ago, talking about the republican parties increasing tendency to elect people who say the stupidest things as often as possible.

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  6. So the Democrats don’t get donations in small amounts from many of the “little people” they supposedly represent (unlike the Republicans, whose generally get a very large number of small donations). The Democrats get most of their money from large donations via extremely rich people who buy their access to the governing officials.

    And now the Dems are complaining that they want public financing? Why? To rip off the little people in yet another way?

  7. Okay, you’re extrapolating a lot from my post which is not in there. I’m talking about a specific fund-raiser, not an overall policy. The Dems, across the board, have been very successful at raising small dollar donations.

    The Tennessee Dems are… to put it mildly… going through a transition period.

  8. I just wish I thought the transition would produce anything worthwhile. It is no accident that the house minority caucus leader Mike Turner is anti-choice and most of the elected democrats and certainly the members of TNDP executive committee are against everything that would make TN a better place for women and children to live in. (See the Vanderbilt study recently released showing we’re still #49) The Democratic party has punted its obligations in Tennessee. Such a shame because it doesn’t have to be that way.

  9. Hmmm, ‘total public financing’, in which the government which couldn’t make a profit selling women and booze takes money away from me to give to a politician who uses it to run for office…


  10. So, let me get this straight, you came to the blog of a woman to make jokes about selling women? Do you shit on the Thanksgiving table, too?

    Good lord, that’s hilarious and dimwitted.

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