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As I recall, Anita Hill's accusations were not the only concern about Thomas. I believe his qualification ratings by the ABA were less than stellar.
Worth recalling that Lamar! was hollering loud and long back during Bill Frist's tenure as Majority Leader that the filibuster should be done away with. What changed? Nothing but the party in control and the political advantage to Lamar! Oh, and the fact that the filibuster has been used much more often in the past five years than the Dems used in when they were in the minority.
Because Lamar was more of a moderate when I moved to Tennessee, I always thought of him as someone who shifted to the right and changed his stripes.
I've come to believe that Lamar was never a moderate but only an opportunist whose only principle worth fighting for is the advancement of his own career. Lamar was more moderate back in the early '80s because TN was a purple state. When George W. Bush was highly popular between 9/11 and the invasion of Iraq, Lamar aligned himself with GWB. After TN became solidly red in presidential politics, Lamar became redder. When he reached a position of Senate leadership, he became someone who always voted the party line. When faced with a Tea Party opponent, he tries to out TP the Tea Party.
It's time people started publicly calling the guy what he is: a chameleon politician who always puts his own interest first.
As I recall, he reported the assertion of an unnamed source. But he insisted on sports talk radio that the source was accurate.
Is this the same Bobby Allyn whose story that James Franklin was involved in a cover-up got thoroughly debunked?
They changed only the downtown portion of the route, yes?
And haven't people had to file FOIA requests to get them to release the studies that the traffic projections supposedly were based on?
To Gregory's point, I agree that building consensus on a mass transit solution is very difficult. Part of me suspect that's the reason the Dean people didn't really bother to make the effort and instead presented AMP as something that was going forward. (I know: the Dean people will claim they've been talking about this for a couple of years, but most of that was out of the public view; they did not attempt to sell this program to the public in earnest until recently.) They're discovering that it's as big or bigger a political problem if you don't at least try to explain to the public why they think AMP is necessary and what it will achieve. When a lot of people perceive that something is being forced down their throats, a natural tendency is to resist — even if it's something they might support had it been presented to them differently and had they felt they were being treated like stakeholders. You don't need to get buy-in from everybody, but you at least need to seek it. I have been surprised by the political ineptitude of the Dean administration on this.
Memphis, I take exception to your claim that Nashville is all angry politicians and Bible salesmen.
Many of our politicians are both stupid AND angry.
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