Sunday, January 04, 2009
The GOP race is getting crazy....
I just found out a while ago that A) as expected, former Senator Bill Frist is NOT running for Governor in 2010, and B) that means our AG Bill Gibbons IS running, and Senator Mark Norris of Collierville is considering a run.
OK, let's all take a deep breath here. Even though Terri Schiavo's long-distance diagnostician is out, let's look at the GOP candidates who are probably in:
1) Gibbons, who happens to hail from the county with THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING REPUBLICAN PARTY, is not nearly as well-known outside Big Shelby as 2) 7th District Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn or 3) 3rd District Congressman Zach Wamp of Chattanooga. And NONE of them have the financial wherewithal of 4) Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam, he of the Pilot Oil Haslams.
Which makes me wonder why 5) Rep. (and former TRP Chair) Beth Harwell (R-Nashville), 6) Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey of Blountville and 7) Mark Norris all think they have a chance.
Seriously, this is going to be about Blackburn's notoriety, Wamp's determination, and Haslam's money.
The good news is that, just as I had hoped, these folks are responding to new-found power about the way one would expect folks who have been out in the wilderness for 140 years. Now, I suspect that when all is said and done, we'll be down to 3 or 4, and then we can sit back and watch the fun.
The bad news is, who the hell do WE have right now to go against them? Kim McMillan? Uh-uh. Lincoln Davis? Hell, the REPUBLICAN might carry Big Shelby. Junior? He may still have a house here (as I was recently informed), but his heart is where his wife is, in the heart of Manhattan. Our Congressman? I would take a bullet for him, but I like him where he is just fine.
So, we have to get our house in order PDQ in order to keep this lot out of Curtisswood Lane. don't worry, we're working on it; just watch this space. The Cracker is back and ready to rock as I hit the 5-0 on Monday!