Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Crazy 2010, Part 2
Well, the 2010 race is getting in our face whether we like it or not.
Former Senator (and long-distance diagnostician) Bill Frist bowed out of the GOP race this weekend, giving some reason that, frankly, I ignored. The GOP side got downright crazy, with Knoxville Mayor (and Pilot Oil scion) Bill Haslam getting in (and apparently receiving the blessing of the GODFATHER himself, Howard H. Baker, Jr.).
Haslam joins Chattanooga Congressman Zack Wamp and, inexplicably, our own Attorney General, Bill "No Deals" Gibbons, who has no base outside Big Shelby of which I am aware. Also talking about the race on the Elephant side is Rep. Beth Harwell of NashVegas (former TRP Chair), but apparently NOT Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn of Brentwood.
Damn, we just can't get rid of her, can we?
On our side of the line, former State Representative Kim McMillan of Clarksville is mulling the race, as is Congressman Lincoln Davis of Pall Mall and State Senator Andy Berke of Chattanooga, whom I had the pleasure of meeting last week. Add to that the name of former TDP Chair Doug Horne, who seems interested should Davis decide to stay in DC.
Who have we NOT mentioned here? Hmmm, maybe THIS guy? While Harold DOES still have a place here (says an unimpeachable source), his heart, to me, is in the NYC and DC areas, where his wife and his job happen to be. And, about his wife, cutie that she is, how would that play A) in the western sections of Big Shelby and B) in the rural areas of Tennessee? Come on, while it's something none of us like to talk about, you KNOW it's there. I think it's ridiculous, but I'm a Damn Dirty Hippie, so what do I know?
I'm just not sure that Harold's political future is in this city, or even this state. New York? Now, that's another matter entirely. His is a face for mass media, which you WON'T find in Tennessee unless you're Faith Hill or Tim McGraw.
Much will shake out over time, as people come to realize that while Haslam has more money that Croesus, no one really knows him west of Knoxville. Horne has money, but Berke seems to have an idea about where he would take the state, and it's closer to my direction than anyone else whose name has been discussed.
Frankly, if a gubernatorial candidate wants my vote, all she/he has to do is come out in support of A) a graduated income tax combined with B) a drastically lowered (and CAPPED) sales-tax AND the elimination of the local option on sales taxes. Look, I'm a Cubs fan, why not dream big? Maybe some day we'll be like all of our bordering states and do something smart to stabilize our revenue in Tennessee.
Then again, we just gave control of the Lege to the Republicans. Oops.