Friday, October 23, 2009

Crispin Critters 2009

Posted by on Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 1:46 PM

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At last year's St. Crispin's Day award festivities, honoring highlights and lowlights in local and state politics, I learned three things. At last night's 2009 installment at Flyte (the fourth third* annual gathering, sponsored as always by Nashville Post) I learned three more.

[1] I learned that a mere mention of Vic Lineweaver, Eric Crafton or McNeely Pigott & Fox is good for a collective rueful chuckle, no matter what the joke or context it's wrapped in.

[2] I learned that you can publicly mock Phil Bredesen as an ego-driven political opportunist and generate little in the way of offense or dissent.

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[3] I learned that former Nashville mayor and former Congressman Richard Fulton, who was last night's 2009 Order of St. Crispin honoree, cultivated the kind of principled and courageous resume as a public official that is in short supply these days. St. Crispin's Day MC Ken Whitehouse, who really knows how to take rhetorical command of a room ("you folks in the back--shut the hell up!"), regaled Fulton with an eloquent tribute to his vanguard stance on civil rights back in the day and his gracious exit from the public stage during the 1999 mayoral campagn. (I also learned that Fulton looks terrific with a sword in his hand, and one suspects he knows how to use it.)

*Slight correction: The awards were given in writing sans libation in year 1 (2006), so last night's was the third annual fete, but fourth set of awards.

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