Archive for the ‘Tennessee Politics’ Category

Bredesen for Veep?

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Is Phil Bredesen angling for a spot on the Democratic ticket? Jay Johnson thinks so, citing his op-ed in the New York Times. Johnson opines:

Honestly, Gov. Phil is a pretty appealing candidate to add to a Democratic ticket. He comes across as much more moderate than I think either Hillary or Obama do. He’s a yankee by birth, but the governor of a southern state.

Bredesen has not received much attention as a possible runningmate, which strikes me as odd. The guy may be lacking in charisma, but he does have executive experience (unlike anyone who will be at the top of either ticket). He also comes across as an old school, moderate Southern Democrat (albeit one raised in Massachusetts). If he’s on the ticket, he could bring Tennessee into play. Some of us Republicans may not like him, but he is very popular here.

I’m not saying this because I want Bredesen on the ticket. Quite the opposite. But I think he could be a sleeper.

Cross posted at Tennesseefree

Bon Voyage, Volunteer Voters

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

Volunteer Voters is no more. AC Kleinheider, it seems, has fallen victim to budget cuts at WKRN. VV was one of my favorite blogs, so I’m sad to see it go. On the bright side, as Sean Braisted points out, AC is now free to let his opinions fly over at

Sick Sick Sick

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

Apparently Thad Matthews, a Memphis blogger (who, in the interest of basic human decency, gets no link from me), visited the funeral home where the body of one of the victims of the recent murder there was housed (without the knowledge of the funeral home staff), snapped some photos, and posted them on his blog. WBIR and Michael Silence have further details (but do not post the photos).

I have no idea how Matthews is explaining his actions, and I have no real desire to find out as there is absolutely no scenario under which it would be justified. I would imagine that he committed a crime in the process, and I hope he is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

UPDATE: He apparently did commit a crime. From the Memphis Commercial Appeal:

In photographing the body, Matthews may have violated Tennessee criminal code.

A 1989 law makes physically mistreating “a corpse in a manner offensive to the sensibilities of an ordinary person” a Class E felony.

A 2005 law prohibits medical examiners and their employees from distributing autopsy and post-autopsy photographs. The law, however, doesn’t apply specifically to private citizens.

He’s getting what he wanted right now–free publicity. But soon, I hope his blog is shut down and he’s behind bars.

McCain Gets Conservative Endorsement in TN

Monday, February 4th, 2008

The Tennessee Conservative Union has endorsed John McCain. Here’s the release:

I don’t always agree with John McCain, but I have always admired him. He suffered and fought for his country and prevailed. Perhaps that’s why I’ve been sickened by the attacks on him by some Washington-based conservatives this week. One went so far as to say that McCain is more liberal than Hillary Clinton.

It makes you wonder if some of the more cynical have decided a new Clinton or Obama administration would mean better fundraising, higher rating points and more books sold.

Perhaps I’m just too old-fashioned for the modern media based conservative movement. I always knew one thing about Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater, which is that the country came before person, principal came before party and philosophy came before personal profit.

The selection of candidates this year provides no clear choice for conservatives. If you believe the primary job of the president is to be the spiritual leader for the Country, then Mike Huckabee deserves your consideration. If you feel America needs a successful businessman to manage the economy, then Mitt Romney would seem to have the resume.

I cannot question any conservatives vote in this very unique and volatile election. I do question the credibility of the talking heads that have chosen to attempt to destroy McCain rather than simply oppose him.

In this time of war and generation of terrorism I still believe that Job One for a President is Commander and Chief. Can there be a clearer choice for Commander and Chief than John McCain? I’ll be casting my conservative vote against the terrorists, in favor of a strong national defense and for the future Commander and Chief John McCain.

-Lloyd C. Daugherty
Chairman ,
Tennessee Conservative Union

This would seem like a big deal coming from a grassroots conservative organization. Of course, the TCU is not without some baggage but still, it is more evidence that Romney is failing to connect with average Americans.Cross posted at Tennesseefree

McCain Leads Tennessee

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

The latest poll from InsiderAdvantage shows a new frontrunner in Tennessee:

John McCain 33%
Mike Huckabee 25%
Mitt Romney 18%
Ron Paul 9%
Other 2%
Undecided 13%

Survey of 375 likely Republican primary voters was conducted January 30, 2008. The margin of error is +/- 5.2 percentage points.

Revenuers Give Up

Monday, January 7th, 2008

This is good news:

The state Revenue Department says it is ending its surveillance program to catch people bringing too many cigarettes into Tennessee to avoid higher taxes.

The whole program was nanny-statism from the start and I’m glad it’s being shelved. I doubt it’s for the reasons Commissioner Farr claims though. I bet my comspolitan friend Adrienne Royer isn’t happy…

Quote of the Day

Friday, November 30th, 2007

Parkey Strader:

“With politics like it is, I don’t like it anymore… Politics is ugly now, and I don’t enjoy it. I might as well get out and give someone else the chance to think about running.”

Via Rob Huddleston

McWherter Bows Out

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

Mike McWherter, son of former Governor Ned McWherter, has apparently decided not to challenge Lamar Alexander for the Senate next year. This is hardly surprising; McWherter would have a good chance in an open race, but his chances of unseating Lamar were very slim. It’ll be interesting to see what credible candidate, if any, the Democrats find to run.

Blood vs. Politics

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

My distant cousin Becky Ruppe has announced she will run for Tommy Kilby’s state senate seat, which is the district I reside in. Unfortunately, she is a Democrat.

My Endorsement

Monday, October 8th, 2007

Let me be the first in the world to endorse a candidate for the 2018 elections: Bob Krumm.