By Jeff Woods
on Mon, Jan 19, 2009 at 11:44 AM
Believe it or not, Democrats may have come up with a winning way to explain their cutthroat, backroom deal that shocked the Capitol last week. On Bob Mueller's Sunday show, state Rep. Brenda Gilmore delivered the message well: "What happened was absolutely what Tennessee needs," she said at her first opportunity to speak. "We need more moderate leadership at a time when we're almost a billion dollars in deficit. We need someone who can bring Republicans and Democrats together so we won't be bickering about guns and abortion and things like that, and we can focus on what is good for Tennesseans. Given some time, Speaker Williams will do an absolutely outstanding job."
What's more, Gilmore said, Jason Mumpower & Co. were plotting mass layoffs. Legislative staffers "were just nervous wrecks," she said. "They were all feeling very anxious. Most people felt like this would be less disruptive to the overall workings of state government."
I love it. While Republicans stamp their feet and shake their fists like selfish babies, Democrats are worried only about the welfare of the good citizens of Tennessee. This deal was necessary, they're saying, to prevent those far-right Republican frothers from ramming a lot of culture war craziness down our throats and to prevent mass layoffs that would have totally disrupted the smooth operation of the government at a time of crisis. Toward the end of the segment, Gilmore even manages to evoke all the good feelings about Barack Obama. Tennessee Democrats are for bipartisanship and compromise and getting things done, just like Obama, she basically says.