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Zach Wamp has got to be gritting his teeth. He's all but called for Tennessee to secede
from the union to show his hatred for Barack Obama. But while he's been out of public sight over the holidays, his main rival for the tea party vote in the GOP gubernatorial primary, Ron Ramsey, has been getting really bug-eyed over Obama too.
Ramsey has been demanding that Attorney General Bob Cooper teach Obama, Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the Democrats in Washington a lesson by suing somebody over national health care reform. First, Ramsey told Cooper to do it just before Christmas. Then yesterday, Ramsey did it again. Miraculously, both times, he got ink
. It's a gold mine! That's what Pith calls earned media!
Dutifully, Cooper responded that it's a little early to sue because the health-care bill hasn't become law yet. But Ramsey wasn't looking for an answer. He's already gotten what he wanted: Headlines.
Over at Politico
, Ramsey and his main campaign consultant, Brad Todd, are chortling about how smart they are to run against the president, what with so much Obama outrage building in Tennessee and the rest of the red states.
"For candidates who are running in Republican gubernatorial primaries, it would be a mistake not to contrast their ideology vis-à-vis the president," said Brad Todd, a GOP ad man who is a veteran of governor's races. "We are begging for a national election. It will benefit Republicans in every race where that nationalized dynamic is in place."
"Zeroing in on the health care issue was a logical move in a Republican primary where conservative voters are up for grabs," Politico paraphrases Ramsey as saying.