However, the sleep has brought a scene from THE GODFATHER to mind. In the scene, which has occurred right after the attempted assassination of Vito Corleone, the man who ordered it, Virgil Sollozzo, is talking to the Godfather's consigliere, Tom Hagen..
Let's face it, Tom, and all due respect,
the Don, rest in peace, was -- slippin'. Ten years ago could I have gotten to him?Well -- now he's dead. He's dead, Tom, and nothing can bring him back.
Of course, he wasn't dead, and he would go on for a while, but he was irreparably weakened.
In our case, the Don isn't dead, he's just retired and moved to Florida. How many of you think that what happened yesterday could have happened if Harold Ford SENIOR were still around and active in Shelby County politics?
Hell, even the Commercial Appeal is wondering if the Ford era is coming to an end in their Sunday editions before wandering off into an issue of how Tennessee Waltz may have hurt the party.
One of the more accurate comments in the piece was made by David Upton:
David Upton, a Democratic Party activist in Shelby County, doesn't expect many voters to change their partisan affiliations just because of the indictments, particularly since the indicted officials haven't yet been found guilty of any crimes.
"It (party loyalty) is bigger than that,'' Upton said. "It's not going to change people's partisan views."I agree; they don't change which party to support, but they do change who's running it, and I keep saying that this is where Tennessee Waltz made a difference. I believe that a
person in innocent until proven guilty, but YOU HAVE TO AVOID EVEN THE APPEARANCE OF IMPROPRIETY.
So, enough on yesterday, flame away, but don't make it personal.