Monday, March 23, 2009

Tennessee Democrats Sulk and Bicker as Republicans Grow Stronger

Posted By on Mon, Mar 23, 2009 at 5:24 AM

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The Democratic establishment is having a good laugh at Chip Forrester's expense. The party under Forrester raised a paltry $31,000 in February, $5,000 of which came from his own treasurer. "Calling that anemic is an insult to anemics everywhere," one insider chortles to Pith. Forrester's many detractors compare his total with the $214,000 raised in February 2007 in the first full month of his predecessor, Gray Sasser. But that's unfair, as they know. They might have noticed that the economy has taken a turn for the worse lately. Political contributions are hard to come by.

It's no doubt true that Democrats are having more trouble raising money under Forrester than they would have encountered under his rival for the party chairmanship, Charles Robert Bone. But that's mainly because the party's senior elected leaders aren't pitching in. Upset that the party's executive committee didn't knuckle under to their wishes, these officials and their self-important minions are sulking on the sidelines. Meanwhile, they're helping Republicans take greater advantages in money and organization. If Democrats ever hope to regain their lost prestige in this state, unifying behind their party's chairman is the obvious first step.

Sean Braisted thinks the party may be twirling down the toilet.

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