At his media availability yesterday, I asked Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey what he thought about the primary Democratic talking point going into the fall campaign season: That the Republican majority has overplayed their hand by pushing a hard-right social agenda instead of focusing on the issues a more moderate citizenry cares about.
He responded thusly:
"They've tried to run on that for the last two decades and that's how we got to 20-13 [in the Senate]. I encourage them to try that. Because while they're out there selling that, we're going to sell the fact that we have reformed tenure here in the state of Tennessee and that we have done away with collective bargaining, to make sure we don't have that insulation between school boards and teachers. And making sure that we have performance evaluation for teachers on education. We'll be talking about how we did away with the death tax, how we did away with the gift tax.
"We have plenty of things that we can run on that what was truly the agenda that we have adopted in the last two years. I really hope they start beating on photo-IDs for voting. Please, please, please keep saying that's a bad idea. That is an issue about 85 percent of the people will agree on with us. So, some of the issues that they talk about, in my opinion — they are so out of touch with the general public, that I hope that's what they campaign on."