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They don't seem to care much about helping ordinary Tennesseans losing jobs in this economy, but Zach Wamp and Ron Ramsey are really eager to please gun freaks. Over the weekend at a Republican picnic, as we all learned in today's Morning Roundup
, Wamp assumed his best Gary Cooper pose and actually said this:
"People have asked me what we'd do if President Barack Obama issued an executive order to take firearms away from the people. I'll tell you what we'd do. We will meet him at the state line!"
While Wamp promotes secession to fend off an imaginary threat, Ron Ramsey is denouncing Sonia Sotomayor as a Second Amendment sissy. He took the unusual step of putting out a statement
to announce his viewpoint on the Sotomayor nomination, as if anyone in Washington was waiting to hear from our hillbilly Senate speaker.
Ramsey couldn't bring himself to publicly call for Paul Stanley's resignation, except ex post facto. Yet he thinks it's oh-so-very-important to call for Sotomayor's defeat.
Ramsey declared Sotomayor is a danger to all free-thinking mortals because she held in 2009 that the Second Amendment doesn't limit state controls on guns -- only federal controls. That ruling was in keeping with a 19th Century Supreme Court precedent and subsequent appellate court rulings. You'd think a defender of state sovereignty like Ramsey would agree. Whatever happened to states' rights?
Why are Ramsey and Wamp talking so crazy? That's what you do when you're fighting over the crazy vote. Each of them is trying to become the alternative to Bill Haslam, who's already wrapped up all the sane voters. Even a year before the primary, Ramsey and Wamp are so desperate they'll say just about anything.