Bring it back! Bring it back! Bring it back!
Yesterday, Lamar Alexander, the lead water-carrier for judicial nominee Gus Puryear, read the campaign its last rites
. Alexander's statements are the last nail in the coffin for Puryear, lead counsel for private prison giant Corrections Corporation of America. They're also an unofficial acknowledgment of the power of the one-man campaign.
No matter where your loyalties lie, it's tough to argue that anyone deserves more of the credit (or blame) for Puryear's failed nomination than Alex Friedmann. Getting the locals to care about who swings a gavel in Middle Tennessee is one thing. Getting pub from national outlets
Now with the campaign over, Friedmann is a stick without a spoke. He says he'll continue working on the humdrum elements of vigilanteism and may even aim his scope at larger targets.
"There's always Palin," he jokes.
We here at Pith, however, think Friedmann's bandwagon should be steered elsewhere. Trudging through the muck of rancorous politics during this election season has left us exhausted. It's time all of Nashville had a cause worth championing. Something fun and family-friendly that makes us forget about the world while alternately making us worry about the cleanliness of our undergarments.
That's right, it's time to bring back the Wabash Cannonball!
Every piddling little town has a mall, but only select locales can offer the gut-busting thrills you get from pulling 3Gs in a corkscrew. OpryLand used to be one such place. It's time we regained our reputation as a place where you can regurgitate funnel cake while being hit with spray from the Flume Zoom. THAT'S the kind of only-in-Nashville experience a tourist will never forget. Hot Topic be damned.