"You can hear bad ideas almost every day," Cook begins. "But only occasionally do you hear a colossally bad, ill-conceived idea, one that leaves you wondering who dreamed it up."
That's right, a proud member of our Republican supermajority dreamed it up. Welcome to our little corner of hell, Charlie. Of Niceley, Cook writes:
Another one of Nicely's interesting ideas was to be one of four Republican state legislators in Tennessee to sign onto a 2009 lawsuit challenging President Obama to release his birth certificate. Another was his opposition to an effort to make cockfighting a felony. Also interesting, Nicely was deemed "hostile to business" by the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce, something rather odd for a Republican lawmaker.
Hopefully cooler heads will prevail. This only came to my attention when a prominent Republican in the state whom I have known for years brought it up with me, hoping that national attention might help kill a profoundly bad idea. Let's hope this column will help.