Monday, December 15, 2008

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Friday, December 05, 2008

Carnage in Tennessee 

So, I'm over my post-election revelry and the sobering reality of what my statesmen have done has set in. For the first time since Reconstruction, Tennessee is now completely red.

Some of you know I worked pretty hard on a local State House race in 2006, and in the process I learned a ton about what it means to elect Democrats at the state level. It's a hard battle, but one that has kept our state from being as bad as our famously-awful neighbors to the South.

Worst of all: it will never be blue in Tennessee again. Republicans will have the power to redistrict in 2010. We have a LOT of work to do in Tennessee in the weeks, months and years ahead.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Happy Days Are Here Again! 

I have had this song on my iTunes for eight long years. I so badly have wanted to "sing the song of cheer again," and now I get to. There was an unbelievably great party last night for the local Obama vols in the Sunsphere, and the win in North Carolina, where we pretty much have exclusively focused our efforts was SWEET.

It looks like things didn't go so well here in Tennessee, but the details will be sorted out in the days ahead. In the meantime, I'm planning to celebrate for a good week or two... and start trying to find me some tickets to DC on Jan. 20!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

*Cough* Landslide *Cough* 

Well, this is possibly going to get really ugly. Obama is building insane momentum, and I'm not sure anything can stop him. I think what is most amazing is that there's clearly no one waiting in the wings with an October surprise. Maybe some kind of October plea for mercy?

I'm a bit of a poker player in my spare time these days, and it feel like Obama is the massive chip leader heads-up against McCain. For McCain to pull it off, he'll have to go all-in not once or twice, but many times, just to get the point where he could even put Obama on the defensive. To stretch this further, the blinds are going up, antes are higher, and this thing is just about done.

(Wow, I hope I don't read this later and wince.)

Monday, September 22, 2008

Diverting from politics a moment... 

Wow, does UT ever suck at football this year. The loss to a not-really-very-good-at-all UCLA squad was one thing, but I do not like being taken to the woodshed by our rivals at the same time. I know that Clawson's vaunted offense may take a while to get going, but this is rather pathetic. And Crompton... wow. I think the B.J. Coleman era may come around sooner than expected.

Oh, and on politics... I really like the way this is looking. Not to jinx, just throwing it out there.

Friday, August 22, 2008

KnoxViews is heading for Denver! 

Once again, I'm slow to post about this, but it's mind-blowingly cool that local favorite R. Neal of KnoxViews was picked by the DNCC to join the state blogging corps for the convention. I've got a personal stake in that I'm old friends with the online organizer for the DNCC, but I think a lot of the controversy about how the bloggers were picked is trumped-up junk.

In the end, campaigns are about organization, and we need to have as many local bloggers represented as possible. It's just that simple.

Anyway, enjoy what will surely be good news and good blogging from R. Neal as the convention gets underway.

Friday, June 20, 2008

It Is Finished 

So it seems that, finally, the Clinton juggernaut is breaking out of the death spiral long enough to actually concede. I'm somewhere in the middle of the debate on whether this has actually been good for the party or not. Until Clinton began playing the race card, the gender card and every other card, I would have said yes.

But there's a line between toughening up your opponent as you head toward the general election and just softening up his gut for an easy knockout. I felt the Clinton campaign got unnecessarily dirty and cheap and, frankly, evil toward the end. It's the burned bridges with her supporters I most fear.

In the end, we'll need Democratic votes to take the states we need to take. I hope that Clinton hasn't been so dirty as to muck up her supporters' party allegiance.

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