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In this week's new shiny Scene
, I write about all the Republican excitement over the 2010 elections. You can explain it with two words: Barack Obama. Not since '94 when Bill Clinton was president have Tennessee Republicans been this revved up, and for good reason. It's no secret Obama's wildly unpopular in Tennessee and getting more so seemingly by the minute.
Don't tell Ron Ramsey that he's careening too far to the right in his appeals to teabaggers. When Ramsey popped up at the Legislative Plaza last week, I asked him whether he isn't talking a little too much about crazy stuff in his governor's campaign at the expense of real issues.
"Those are the real-world issues out there," he shot back. "Those people who think the tea parties have been fabricated, that they've been set up by community organizers, are flat-out wrong. People are concerned about the direction of the federal government. If those aren't real issues, you're not in the real world. That's all I've got to say."
In '94, the GOP rolled in Tennessee, winning the governorship and both U.S. Senate seats. What do you think? Is another Republican tsunami on the way?