H.K. Edgerton, an African-American supporter of the Confederate flag, arrived in Maryville today after marching from Johnson City to protest the banning of the Rebel flag from Maryville High School football games. He was spotted by Bubba and Say Uncle.
Archive for June, 2005
Metropulse columnist Frank Cagle weighs in on recent developments in state politics, including the recent push for ethics legislation, the prospects of a Republican challenging Bredesen, another Republicans chances against Tim Burchett, and the widespread support for Ed Bryant in the Blogosphere.
I am in Boone, NC today. More, as well as some photos, later!
An article in today’s News-Sentinel covers “Scooter” Clippard’s decision not to enter the race against Bredesen, and also mentions some possible Republican challengers for Bredesen: Beth Harwell, Ron Ramsey, Jim Henry, and Mark Norris, who says he will not run if Harwell or Ramsey enter the race. But will anyone declare? Time will tell.
Today is the third anniversary of Mike Hollihan’s blog, Half-Bakered. Stop by and congratulate him!
I watched President Bush’s speech tonight concerning the war in Iraq. The President essentially reiterated the need to stay the course in Iraq, and outlined progress that has been made in the country, and in the Middle East at large. Obviously, this speech was designed to rally public support behind the mission in Iraq, that seems to have declined in recent months.
I think President Bush did a good job. Though he’s not the greatest orator who ever lived, he is an effective communicator – and it showed tonight. Bush’s refusal to abandon the mission, and his strong belief that we are doing the right thing came through loud and clear. Look for the poll numbers to inch upward again – as they often do after a Bush speech.
Having said that, there is no doubt that the Democrats will continue to harp on the negatives and the gloomy view portrayed in the media will continue. Bush is waging an effective war in Iraq, but he has been losing the public relations in America. In order to change this, he must continue to speak directly to Americans, as he did tonight. If he does, he will maintain public support; if not, his numbers will continue to decline and we may see some major losses for Republicans in the midterm elections next year. President Bush has the power to do even more good things. Let’s hope he delivers.