Let's set aside Zach Wamp for a moment. His comments yesterday were almost too goofy for words. At a forum for the Republican Women of Williamson County (it must have required quite a large parking lot to handle all those Cadillac SUVs) the Wampster declared that if he's elected governor, an aura of goodness will radiate across the state border.
"We are a Godly state, a state after God's own heart. What Sonny Perdue has done down in Georgia, we can do in Tennessee. We're not going to run from the Lord, we're going to run to him as a people, as a state, and we'll be blessed for it."
Wamp said people shouldn't get anywhere close to the state without feeling the "goodness of our people." That is, unless you're President Obama and you're coming to take away our guns, in which case Wamp will meet you at the state line with an armed militia.
But today, we really want to discuss what Ron Ramsey said at the forum. Do you think it's a good idea for Ramsey to run as a legislative insider? Of course, he is an insider, but he doesn't have to emphasize it. He could claim the reformer mantle and say he's been trying for 17 years to straighten out Nashville. That might work. But according to WPLN, he's coming across like a Tennessee version of Bob Dole:
On several occasions during the panel session, Ramsey described the inner workings of negotiations in the General Assembly, sharing what he called his "inside baseball" knowledge.
"We need a governor who is ready to hit the ground running, that doesn't need a briefing book on how state government works. I've been there. I've done that for 17 years."
We could be wrong but we've always thought the legislature is generally reviled by voters across the state. Look at this year's crazy session, and the sex scandal that followed this summer. If voters are paying attention at all, their opinion can have fallen only to new lows. Yet Ramsey is pinning his electoral hopes on the wacky notion that people like our legislature.
We're talking about the Senate speaker whose Republican majority spent this year's session enacting its guns-and-god agenda and denouncing the economic stimulus as socialism. Even if that pleased most Republicans, they must have felt let down by all the rest of the embarrassing shenanigans that took place. We doubt voters are looking for an insider for governor.
"What we have here is the fact that that door is open."Here's yet another installment in today's Pith Kook Roundup: Rep. Marsha Blackburn dances around the question of whether end-of-life counseling sessions are death panels, then insists incorrectly in this interview that old people would be required to attend these sessions.
According to the email, Cooper unleashed his inner Don Rickles, throwing one insult after another at the physicians, who are members of the Anesthesia Medical Group. A sampling of his remarks (all of which his office confirms he made):
* "Your Washington lobbyists are obviously doing a very bad job for you or you wouldn't be so misinformed."
* "[I] never cease to be amazed at how poorly informed physicians are about the health care system."
"My daughter has cerebral palsy and this is going to deny treatment to her because she's not viable," Brad Turner of Smyrna told Gordon. "I'm telling you right now she's the most viable person I've met and she's the biggest fighter I've ever met in my life. Government's not the solution. It's the biggest problem. I don't know why for the life of me people would want toy turn over their health care to an entity that took five days to get water to the Superdome after a hurricane. I'm busting my rear to take care of my daughter. It's not the government's responsibility. It's mine."Gordon was ready with a response:
"Brad, my mother is 83 years old. She had an aorta valve replacement less than a year ago. She's a breast cancer survivor. If there was some type of a death panel, she would be knocking on the door. I'm opposed to anything that's anywhere close to rationing or any type of a death panel, for your daughter, or for my mother or for anyone else."
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