Thursday, June 24, 2010

Are Tennessee Democrats Doomed to Oblivion?

Posted By on Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 10:29 AM

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This week's Scene examines the distressing status of Tennessee Democrats. The once-dominant party of Andy Jackson is headed for political Siberia unless a miracle happens and Republicans somehow manage to blow their big opportunity in the fall elections.

OK, so Tennessee Democrats are unprincipled and bumbling. But their plight isn't entirely their own fault, as party officials point out in the article:

David Harper, the party's Middle Tennessee regional vice chairman, holds out hope for an economic upswing to blunt some of the antipathy toward Obama and improve Democrats' prospects this fall. But he acknowledges the party is fighting deeply held racist attitudes among white voters.

"My wife and I were just talking about it this morning," says Harper, a retired business executive in Hartsville. "We lost longtime friends over the fact that we voted for an N-word. OK? I'm not going to say what they really say. We live in the woods out here and you cannot imagine how bad it is. They still refer to Martin Luther King Day as the N-day. They are just very belligerent about it. It's unfortunate. I don't think we're going to be able to change that real quick."

"It's out there," agrees another party executive committee member, Dennis Gregg of Crossville. "I'll tell you one comment I heard during the '08 election from a longtime Democrat. She just said she couldn't stand the idea of Michelle Obama as the first lady. That was just offensive to her, the idea that there's a black woman in charge of the White House. So it's out there, and that was from a Democrat."

And so we ask you, dear Pith reader: Can Democrats overcome the Obama Fear Factor to win back the state House this fall and avoid oblivion? Or are they doomed to an irrelevant, second-class status like Democrats in Mississippi and Alabama? Should we even care?

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