Austin has petitioned to secede from Texas the largest red state where Gov. Rick Perry has prominently talked about secession. Austin is home to the University of Texas, probably the largest university in the world. All those smart folks vote, well I guess you know. Maybe Nashville, .... nah.
I had lunch recently with a man with an Ivy League education who told me Memphis hasn't experienced the kind of growth Nashville has because "there are too many blacks in Memphis." (I hadn't noticed a lack of blacks in Nashville.)
I ran into Gov. Phil Bredesen at the Green Hills Kroger once. He was buying ears of corn in the produce department. Works for me for being in touch.
Oh, the Democrat Jim Sasser in '76 handed out buttons saying, "I paid more taxes than Bill Brock." Now that resonated with voters! McWherter won't catch Haslam like that. Guess voters don't really care if small businesses pay more tax than big ones.
Well, I reco-member one TN campaign thirty-three years ago. Democrat Jim Sasser managed to defeat Republican incumbent Sen. Bill Brock after hinting Brock's personal wealth in a blind trust had "20-20 vision." Voters were turned off by the rich back then. Guess voters are comfortable with the wealthy among us today. Examples from both parties include Gov. Bredesen and both U.S. Senators: Corker and Alexander.
Republicans think "Democratic" is too nice a word for the opposing party. The trouble is they don't realize that, while "Democrat" is a noun, "Democratic" is an adjective. "Republican" is both a noun and an adjective.
Hold on Jeff. LBJ's presidency did not end in disgrace; he just didn't run again. This is the civil rights president --- and for many of us the greatest one in modern times. He got the Congress to pass the 1964 civil rights law. Let's celebrate his 102nd birthday on Aug. 27.
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