Lord knows the "Tennessee Democrats are Completely Hopeless" song, if someone wrote it, would have so many verses that kids would sing it on school trips instead of "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall." So it's nice to see Craig Fitzhugh making some noises that might change that tune.
Tom Humphrey reports on Fitzhugh's pondering of a run for governor:
"Democrats need somebody at the top of the ticket that people can rally around," Fitzhugh said. "We didn't have anything like that in this last election. Maybe there's somebody else out there who can be that type of person. That's sort of what I was thinking (when he decided to acknowledge an interest in running)."
In the story, he also acknowledges that he wouldn't be able to win, because Gov. Haslam is popular — so popular that even Fitzhugh really likes him. But people, let's just, for a few minutes, bask in the idea of a Democrat who is willing to take one for the team, who's willing to lose in order to benefit other Democrats.
Imagine — and I know this feels weird, like we've fallen into some alternate universe where the Tennessee Democrats have a plan — if this kind of thing caught on. What if the Democrats acknowledged that they are going to get their butts roundly handed to them again in 2016, so they were going to go ahead and use it as an infrastructure building year?
Imagine if they tried recruiting candidates statewide and providing them all with a base-level of support and instruction, even if they knew those candidates were going to lose. Imagine if they identified behind-the-scenes people who have or could potentially do a good job higher-up — then put them in higher-up positions to get their feet wet, even if they knew there could be a lot of mistakes while people learned.
Imagine, just imagine, what might come of a party that said, "Eh, let me try this thing I might fail at, because the repercussions for others might be awesome."
Sounds good, doesn't it?