Sure, but at least he's not a crook.
Governor Bredesen gets his fair share of criticism. For posing as a viable Obama Cabinet/Vice Presidential candidate, eviscerating TennCare and, more generally, for looking and acting like a milquetoast. He's the kind of guy who subscribes to Chemical Week.
Compared to recently arrested Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, however, Bredesen's dulledry looks downright saintly.
To recap: Yesterday morning, the Land o' Lincoln Gov and his chief of staff were arrested by FBI agents. Months of phone-taps added up to a damning 76-page affidavit revealing Blagojevich had auctioned off President-elect Obama's former Senate seat Let's Make a Deal style.
The corruption is impressive partly because Blagojevich is so blunt (Quote: I wanna make money) and because it casts such a wide net. The affidavit has more bold names (disguised, in some cases, by untraceable FBI-issued pseudonyms like "President-elect") than a Dancing With the Stars intro: Blagojevich, Obama, Jessie Jackson, Chicago Tribune owner Sam Zell, the Chicago Cubs. Basically anyone who's ever driven on the Dan Ryan Expressway.
Anointing Bredesen because another guy screwed up is the kind of appreciation that only comes along during the holiday season. Like that one year you bitched about getting a Huffy until your cousins showed up for Christmas dinner in matching hand-knit cardigans. Sure it only has one speed, but at least it won't get you beat up.