Democrats think they can toss Shipley out of the state House after only one term, and they're gearing up to run former Rep. Nathan Vaughn again in 2010. You recall Shipley beat Vaughn by only a couple hundred votes last time, and that was mainly because Vaughn stupidly left nearly $100,000 in campaign cash on the table. Shipley's been entertaining everyone in Nashville ever since, warning God might pick up the entire state and drop it into the ocean for liberal treatment of gay people, etc.
"He's said so many crazy things we couldn't put them all in one direct mail piece," the Democrats' Mike Turner says of Shipley.
Shipley said he accepts the anticipated challenge as a compliment.
"I can appreciate the fact that they don't want Republicans in Nashville to stand up to them and their policies," Shipley said. "I welcome (Vaughn) back. ... We'll see."
Speaking of saying crazy things, Ron Ramsey was at the event with Shipley. Of the governor's election, he said, "If I don't win this race, it's because God didn't want me to win this race, and I'm fine with that." His Republican rival Zach Wamp, meanwhile, was denying that he's talking like George Wallace.