The Old Harding Pike Horseman

“The Old Harding Pike Horseman” is the name of a story that I wrote so dull that I’m afraid if I include it in the October ghost stories, it will cause a collective nap to break out throughout the blogosphere. And I am loosely organizing the stories into two months, as I told you, with April’s stories being a little lighter and happier than October’s (though not exclusively) and so, not only does “The Old Harding Pike Horseman” suck in terms of being boring, I need to fill a slot in October, and it extra doesn’t fit because it’s not even a little bit scary.

But I need something for Bellevue, which I find to be a remarkably unscary part of town.

So, this could be a challenge.

More Thoughts on the TNDP

Listen, I’m pissed because the stakes are so high. Anyone who’s paying attention to how the Democrats are engaging with the world has got to find it strange. Anyone who needs the Democrats to step up to the plate has got to be pissed.

I’m sure it would be just great if all the people at the more liberal end of the spectrum just left the state and you could just focus on your imaginary ideal white, rural, conservative Christian voter who would be all about voting for Democratic candidates if only there weren’t so many goddamn Democrats in the state. (But, then, y’all don’t listen to the rural folks anyway. Do you think they don’t notice that?)

Here’s the deal: we get that for you this is just politics. Like a never-ending chess game, you move this pawn there, they move that piece somewhere, and at the end of the day, whoever seems to have control of the board wins, for that day. But there are a lot of us in this state, who can’t just pick up and move just because the TNDP doesn’t like us, who need Democrats to watch out for us. We need jobs. We need basic protections. We need not to be poisoned. We need our babies to make it to their first birthdays and beyond. We need you to fight for us.

And you’re embarrassed by us. You wish we’d just go away. Or accept the tiny bit you’d maybe give because it’s a tiny bit more than Republicans would (at least on purpose).

And, I, at least, and I think others, can’t do that because the stakes are so high for us.

We get that. I’m not sure the TNDP does.

Brief Note to TNDP

When you go to a blog, especially when you comment, we can see where you’re commenting from. So, using a made-up name is a bit like sticking your head in the sand and assuming people can’t see you.

If you don’t want people to know that you’re commenting on a site from the TNDP, I suggest you head to Panera or over to the Legislative Plaza and use their router instead.



More Notes on Writing a Press Release for the TNDP

Your press release should be written so that a harried editor can, if need be, drop the thing, unchanged into his or her paper. It therefore must not only fill the basic who, what, when, where, why, and how, it must answer a basic question “why do my readers give a shit?” If your press release features the feelings and opinions of someone about whom the vast majority of Tennesseans have never heard smack-talking Republicans who are probably not even from their district, no papers are going to run it.

Maybe you don’t care if papers run your press releases. Maybe, instead, you think of your press releases as a way to communicate with your base and with interested outsiders. Then be sure that your press releases provide information your base needs–information about what Democratic politicians are doing and/or saying that might be of interest to us and steps we can take to support them in those activities.


Maybe you aren’t writing press releases either to inform the outside world or to motivate the base. Maybe, instead, you are writing press releases to send volleys of stinging words against Republicans and to try to signal that you can steal conservative voters. In this case, be aware of the limitations of your abilities and, when you continually get your ass handed to you by TNGOP, switch tactics. I mean, shoot, look at the ass-handing press release, in which someone other that Chris Devaney is quoted, as if there’s more than one Republican who has an opinion on things. Perhaps you could study their strategies? Like, for instance, how (again, looking at the ass-handing press release) their Republican politician is mentioned repeatedly, while the Democratic politician is mentioned once, way down at the end.

They don’t give Democrats any more free publicity than necessary to make their points about their guy. And, even though Gleaves’s plenty mentioned, his words focus on his candidate. He looks good because he’s making Wirgau look good.

Do that! As much as I would like it if Chip kept his feelings to himself, if he has to have feelings, why are they always about Republicans? Why can’t he have some feelings about Democrats? Some Democrat running for state office somewhere must be doing something worth Chip having a feeling about, right? I vaguely recall we might have a guy running for Governor, who’s behind even me in the polls this morning and I only jokingly mentioned running as a write-in candidate on the Pro-Dairy Queen ticket once last night.

There is no shame in studying what works and emulating it. And, face it, the TNGOP’s press releases work better than yours.

(My first set of constructive ideas about what would make TNDP press releases not suck donkey balls.)

An Interesting Thing to Note about the whole Islamic Center Story

So, Republicans wrote this bill specifically designed to protect Christians and it turns out to also allow Muslims to put a mosque right where they want in Murfreesboro, which is causing the Republicans all kinds of consternation.

State Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, said the Tennessee law had overwhelming bipartisan support.

“It’s a pro-Christian bill,” Ketron said. “It was established to protect the First Amendment to keep the federal government from coming in and making a decision on whether or not the church qualified or not to be a church.”

Ketron is not convinced by the arguments about the law presented to the planning officials from the two Nashville lawyers.

“They are both very liberal,” Ketron said.

I don’t know these lawyers. They could be very liberal. But the thing is, the law is not a game. Laws don’t work differently depending on where they’re applied. You can’t say “well, we have religious freedom for everyone in Nashville, because we’re liberal, but down in Murfreesboro, it’s only for Christians.”

They must know this. They are lawmakers.

So, are they patronizing their base here or what?

I mean, they can’t be so stupid as to not have realized this would apply to all religions, right?