I have to admit: I had an energetic stuff-the-ballot-box write-in campaign for "Best Local Political Writer"
. It consisted of one friend of mine who came up to me a while back and "Roger, do you want me to write your name down on my Best of Nashville ballot for 'Best Local Political Writer'?" To which I responded,"Um, I don't know. If you want to, go ahead I guess."
This vast and determined "grassroots" effort seems to have landed me in third place for the second year in a row. I'm not sure what I get for that. Last year, it wasn't anything, so I presume the same thing applies this year.
But there's are two things that bother me. First, in both years, I've been beaten out for second place by Scene
colleagues Matt Pulle (last year) and Liz Garrigan (this year). Which causes me to ask: why am I even writing a political column for the Scene
when there are apparently people superior to me already at the paper? (I know, I know, you've probably asked yourself why I write a political column for the Scene
on many occasions. Go ahead and get it out of your system in the comments.)
Second, the Tennessean's
Larry Daughtrey has won both times (and for all I know, he has always won). Yet the guy refuses to even acknowledge this in his column. That's gratitude for you. How does he keep winning anyway? Oh sure, he has years of experience, a wealth of information to share, and a loyal readership, but that can't be it. That's too simple. Me, I blame Diebold.
Anyway, sincerest congrats to the winners