Willie Herenton is NOT an elected Democratic official, and, to my knowledge, he is NOT serving as co-chair of any Democratic coordinated campaigns this year, so he gets a pass. Besides, after Don Sundquist, Jim Rout and LAMAR!'s original Senate campaign in 2002, it;'s old hat by now, and despite his protestations, he is for all intents and purposes an independent. That's fine with me, as he holds a non-partisan office. Besides, who the hell has he ever gotten elected besides himself, anyway, but I digress.
There is ONE elected official from Shelby County on that list, someone who was elected TWICE to their office as the nominee of the Democratic Party, yet, just like with Bill Gibbons' 2006 campaign for AG, he couldn't WAIT to endorse a Republican. His name is AC Wharton.
AC Wharton, who apparently believes he owes Republicans more for his two elections than Democrats. I know, he's term-limited, so what the hell can you do about it?
Me? Not a damn thing. However, the Shelby County legislative delegation, to whom he must turn in order to get permission to pass a payroll or privilege tax sure can, and don't think they haven't noticed. I don't care who he takes up there with him to lobby for this ability, it's DOA. Any leverage that our Democrats in Nashville may have had with the leadership went out the window when this got out. Yeah, I know this happened three months ago, but this is the sort of thing that festers over time.
What the hell possessed him to do this? Even if for some unknown reason he WANTED LAMAR! to win, he could have kept his damn mouth shut and disappeared whenever the Senate race came up for discussion.
I know, some of you are going to say, gee whiz, LAMAR!'s not like the other Goopers, he's part of the Baker-Alexander-Donelson Old Guard tradition and he's not knee-jerk. You see, he's not a maverick, either, and like others of that tradition, he has basically shut up and done what he's been told to do by the most reactionary GOP leadership since the beginning of their party in 1860. And he should be punished for this by removal from office this fall.
However, these weak-kneed Democrats ran to him just as soon as Mike McWherter chickened out of a challenge, and they should be ashamed of themselves for doing so. This is what Kos, Chris Bowers, Atrios and others are talking about when they say more and BETTER Democrats, Democrats who support progressive politics and positions and don't turn chickenshit at the first sign of trouble.
Because of this, Mayor Wharton, you have crapped in your own bed; now you're going to have to lie in it.
Say, I've got a thought; why don't you call your buddy LAMAR! and have HIM lobby the General Assembly for you? I'm sure he'd LOVE to help you get more tax revenue for Shelby County, because he would support any tax hike for OH, WAIT, he's a REPUBLICAN, he never met a tax hike he liked, except when HE was Governor. Oh well, I tried, the rest is up to you.