This is Why We Nashville Democrats Can’t Have Nice Things

If you are a Democrat in Nashville (or hell, probably the state, considering how much pull these people have), you should go read Stephen George’s Scene story about the council race against Jason Holleman. This, right here, is why we can’t have nice things–because the party is run by an unelected oligarchy who actually talk like evil cartoon villains.

“In terms of larger citywide issues, this district is overwhelmingly — like the city in general — supportive of the mayor and his plan for Nashville and what he’s done for Nashville in the last four years,” Tally says. “Councilman Holleman has not been supportive of that agenda, particularly with respect to the fairgrounds and the convention center. And folks in this district are generally supportive of the mayor and his plans, so they’ve been unhappy to know about the lack of support from Councilman Holleman.”

What the fuck? And then did she laugh all bwah-ha-ha-ha and stroke her chin beard while thinking sadly about the need to kill Fredo? Our city is kind of a democracy. I think. Still. Just because a guy gets voted in and just because people are generally okay with the direction he’s taking the city doesn’t mean his shit doesn’t stink

But I tell you what, looking at the names of the people working against Holleman, I’m now even less shocked–I’m literally in a state of negative shock–that the mayor sees nothing wrong with handing out $60,000-a-year part-time jobs. That probably does seem like a pittance in this circle, a sacrifice these brave souls are willing to make for our fair city.

And, having had my run-ins with a couple of folks mentioned in this article, I am not at all surprised that they’re angry that someone less than them would dare not get with the fucking program.

Here’s my favorite part, though:

The campaign against Holleman took shape within days of Tally’s entrance. Some prominent donors to the incumbent’s 2007 campaign started getting calls from political strategist Will Pinkston, a former consultant to the Dean campaign who left that job after Craddock dropped out. The calls weren’t small talk. Pinkston dropped strong hints they should defect to Tally.

One of those contacted tells the Scene that Pinkston referred to Holleman as “disruptive.” Furthermore, the person says, Pinkston suggested the incumbent was responsible for derailing the mayor’s agenda on the fairgrounds — a refrain that’s growing louder as early voting looms.

Dear Will Pinkston, most everyone thinks you were some combination of Harrison/Heatseeker/Dr. Jellyfinger. Many people noticed that the fake Michael Craddock twitter stream’s shelf-life was as long as your consulting gig with the Dean campaign. Either you, yourself, are one disruptive motherfucker, in which case, you making any calls about other people being disruptive is rich as fuck, or a shit-ton of people in this state believe you are capable of being that level of a disruptive motherfucker, in which case, it is still quite rich that you are making any calls about other people being disruptive.

But please, carry on. If we have to be ruled by oligarchs, like this is Russia in the… um… right now, just give me my tiny giraffe and a bucket of popcorn and I’ll watch for as long as it’s entertaining. And this shit is entertaining.

Also mentioned in the article? Joe Hall. You may remember him from such things as him being upset with me for pointing out that the Bells Bend material was full of lies about the archaeology survey.


I swear, sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying about this shit.

5 thoughts on “This is Why We Nashville Democrats Can’t Have Nice Things

  1. I saw this linked from Twitter by Samantha…

    I don’t love Jason Holleman. I think he could do more for our district. Well, I thought he could do more, but perhaps not. Knowing all of this, though ensures that he will get my vote.* I might even get a yard sign.

    *even though his wife knocked on our door during nap time.

  2. And don’t get me wrong. I don’t think it’s bad for him to have an opponent. If people in his district actually feel he hasn’t done enough, then they should vote for someone else. But if a small cadre of rich people who are friends with the Mayor have decided he hasn’t been deferential enough to the Mayor and so they collude to oust him to put someone more compliant in?

    That’s disgusting. And it disempowers the voters in that district who aren’t connected into the right power structures.

  3. The running theme through George’s well-done story, so obvious it’s name need not be said aloud, as in so many other American locales from colonial times on, is Real Estate.

    Everything we need to know about America can be defined in terms of the Four R’s: Rights, Race, Religion–and Real Estate.

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