Gov. Bill Haslam has been named Tennessee state campaign chairman for the walking OCD diagnosis known as Mitt Romney following an official endorsement by the Haslam last month. The news shouldn't be all that shocking since Haslam's father and brother also work for Romney's campaign, which can be considered either a partnership predicated on moderate Republican ideals, a return on investment regarding Romney's support of the governor during the 2010 gubernatorial election, birds of platinum-gilded feathers flocking together, or some combination of the three.
If a recent American Research Group poll is any indication, however, Romney will need the support of the Pilot-Flying J Dynasty: In a telephone interview conducted Feb. 8-9, 600 likely Tennessee GOP primary voters favored Rick Santorum by a full 7 points over the former Massachusetts governor, 34-27, because we love freedom.
News that Romney's Super PAC has begun buying air time in eastern and middle Tennessee has prompted human paraquat Newt Gingrich (who netted 16 percent in the ARG poll) to announce a trip to our humble state next week, where donors with a couple grand to burn can score a photo with America's true conservative sweetheart.
From Knox News:
Gingrich has scheduled a Feb. 27 fundraising event at a Franklin, Tenn., residence. Basic tickets are $1,000 each with $2,500 needed to attend a "VIP reception with photo opportunity," according to a printed invitation.
State Rep. Tony Shipley, R-Kingsport, who is co-chairman of Gingrich's campaign in Tennessee, said there may be other events in Tennessee.
Hopefully this means that the gods will deign to bestow us with a Romney performance prior to the March 6 primary. Hell, I'd fire my best maid just to hear him rattle a few Johnny Cash tunes...
Yeah, Gingrich is about as Southern as sea bass in béarnaise in Buckhead, but it didn't matter. And yeah, Gingrich is a little too smarty-pants and fond of waving his hands around like a decorator showing curtains. But Perry and Gingrich are old enough to have been taught never to support the Northerner. Particularly a Northerner who happens to be an asshole. "My Gawd, Newt, we got us a two-fer. It's lesson time."
In defeat, Perry understood well-staged retribution before his tactical retreat to Austin. He and Newt may be the last generation of Southerners who feel this way, but how righteous and apt it is that this takes place in the state whose residents a century and a half ago really couldn't wait for the rest of the South to secede and went at it alone on Sumter?
"Look at my picture and ask yourself 'Would he really do that for money?' YOU CAN TELL I WOULD! The possibilities are endless for the highest bidder. As long as it isn't against the law, I'll do or say whatever you want until someone comes and drags me away."
—Ron D., a Loudon, Tenn., man and self-described "biggun" whose auction listing titled "I will embarrass Mitt Romney on national TV for money" was pulled by eBay.
Perhaps ironically, the roster of nine candidates does not include the 9-9-9 candidate himself, who was leading in at least one Tennessee poll as recently as a month ago. Then again, maybe Cain will un-suspend his campaign and have a new Pokemon quote to share with us by then.
Full release below:
H/T to Chicago Steve, who forwarded this to us with the message: "Things GOP crowds have now cheered: people without insurance, executing prisoners who may be innocent. Things GOP crowds have now booed: gay soldiers in
Well, it's the middle of August now and there's no rain in Texas. Almost 80 percent of Texas is at the worst levels of drought.
So, did Texans just not pray hard enough? Is God sending some kind of message to Rick Perry? What if that message is that Rick Perry shouldn't run for president? Or that global warming is real? Or maybe it's that God rightly responds poorly to "If you really love me, you'll do [x]" type manipulations? Or that God won't come through for desperate people who really need help? Or that God is not Rick Perry's genie?
I don't know. But I'm not sure how anyone does. Texas prayed for rain. It didn't come. Who knows if there's some divine message?
“While I stand by my opposition to the interference of shariah law into the American legal system, I remain humble and contrite for any statements I have made that might have caused offense to Muslim Americans and their friends.”
—Presidential hopeful and former
Allahfather's Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain, kinda-sorta apologizing for some of the stuff he said, while also not taking back any of that stuff he said about the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro.
At NashvillePost.com, Ken Whitehouse is reporting that Vice President Joseph Biden will be in Nashville June 27 for a fundraiser in Hillsboro Village:
Biden will appear at a fundraiser for Rep. Jim Cooper, who has often been a thorn in the side of the administration of President Barack Obama and the leadership of the Democratic Minority in the U.S. House of Representatives on matters concerning the national debt. The event will take place at the Hillsboro Village eatery Cabana.
For his trouble, he received an initial sentence of four years' probation, lost his 30-year career as a public-health epidemiologist, and was forced to give up 25 acres of his land to the government. Instead of clamming up, however, Ellis has become an outspoken activist for medical marijuana — a nationally recognized advocate who helped draft a proposal for a state-operated medical-cannabis program that just resurfaced this session in the Tennessee General Assembly.
To rid himself of his nine-year ordeal once and for all, Ellis is now appealing to the highest authority in the land — President Barack Obama — and the American public that supports the issue in growing numbers. On the blog Democrats for Progress, Ellis has announced a campaign to get a pardon from President Obama. He has the three primary character references he needs, but he's hoping submission of other letters from supporters will help his chances — just as he believes the 300-plus testimonials he received from otherwise law-abiding citizens helped by his efforts got his time cut in half at his sentencing hearing.
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