Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Shameless Grandstanding on Bredesen's Bunker

Posted By on Tue, Mar 18, 2008 at 1:39 PM

When I first heard about Bredesen's Bunker, I didn't sympathize with the petulant neighbors worried about a little disturbance in their perfect lives, but I thought it was an outlandish idea—a mammoth, multimillion-dollar underground party room—that we didn't really need. Politically, too, it was stupid and never would have been attempted if the governor weren't safely reelected and term-limited. Governors tend to go a little crazy in their second terms. Sundquist and McWherter tried to give us the income tax. Bredesen is digging a gigantic hole in his front yard. That said, it's time now for Bredesen's critics to give it up. They can't stop the bunker. It's too late. The hole is dug, and canceling the construction contracts would cost the state millions of dollars. Rep. Beth Harwell, who wants to run for governor herself, is trying to score cheap political points. By pushing her amendment in the House, she wants to embarrass Democrats and hopes to put them on the record voting for the bunker. It's all pretty shameless since Harwell and all the rest of the bunker opponents voted to pay for the project in previous sessions.

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