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  •  Respectfully, I rarely have a soft spot for Blue (2+ / 0-)
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    slothlax, MichaelNY

    Dogs, LOL, but I can tell you from personal experience, that they are mostly what you'll find in TN (running for public office, that is).

    When Harold Ford ran for Senator, he ran slightly to the right of the Republican Governor Bill Haslam (a Republican corporatist, just like Ford was a (DLC) Dem  corporatist).

    I couldn't believe that Ford actually ran ads in which he addressed voters from a church pew (and I attend church, BTW, but have a problem with politicians of any party who "use" religion).  I strongly believe in the separation of Church and State.

    Another commenter worried about a prospective Dem candidate's support of charter schools.  Unfortunately, it's a bit late for that concern.  

    TN won first place in the first round of The Race To The To grants (five hundred and one million dollars), mainly due to the willingness of state bureaucrats to marginalize teachers unions and privatize schools (by supporting school vouchers and establishing charter schools).

    Former D.C. School Chancellor, Michelle Rhee's (former) husband actually took over the top position in the TN Dept of Education (apologize that I cannot remember his name).

    Anyway, I admire (and cheer for) anyone's efforts to bring progressive Democratic candidates to TN.  I believe that it will be a difficult task, but wish you the best of luck.

    How Jim Cooper is repeatedly reelected, beats me.  I have to believe that he's mainly getting by due to 'low information voters,' whose numbers seem to be on the increase.  I say that, because he is quite vocal as to his extreme fiscal conservatism.

    Good luck primarying Cooper!

    Mollie

    “If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

    by musiccitymollie on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 06:30:18 PM PST

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    •  Major Correction to (My) Post: I meant to say (1+ / 0-)
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      MichaelNY

      Bob Corker, not (R) TN Governor Bill Haslam.  Actually, the two men, Corker and Haslam, are both corporatist Republicans, as opposed to cultural Repubs.  Not sure sometimes which is worse.  :-)

      Corker is now a part of the bipartisan effort trying to draft the framework of a Grand Bargain, based on Bowles-Simpson's recommendations.  The group, headed by Dem Senator Mark Warner (VA), was called the Gang of Six, then the Gang of Eight, and I believe that I heard on XM Radio that 'the Gang' has now expanded to 10 senators!  [But I didn't catch who the two additional Senators are.]

      At any rate. I stand corrected, and apologize for the error.

      Mollie

      “If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

      by musiccitymollie on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 07:59:01 PM PST

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    •  Thank you, ricraig, for providing Huffman's name. (1+ / 0-)
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      Our politicians are SO transparent (just low-income students--yeah, sure.)  You could be right about a possible ticket.  But, it may just be that Bush showed up because he's "up to his eyebrows in the new private education scam."  I don't have time to locate it now, but I have a picture of him with President Obama touting charters in Miami.  Think ol' Jeb will show up to anything, if it has to do with vouchers or charter schools, LOL!

      Well, you would know better than I, regarding Haslam.  My impression is that he, much like Corker, are very close to the corporatist (DLC) Dems ideologically, really.  Frankly, he seems to be slightly left of Democratic Governor (and DLCer) Phil Bredesen.  I was relieved when he finished his terms--whew!

      We watch a LOT of C-span hearings, etc., around my house.  He'sCorker's always in agreement with Dem leaders such as Chris Van Hollen (MD), Senator Warner, etc., that we need to adopt the Bowles-Simpson proposal as the so-called framework for austerity--their words would be a Grand Bargain.  :-)

      Mollie

      “If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

      by musiccitymollie on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 12:02:36 AM PST

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      •  P.S. I objected especially to Bredesen's handling (0+ / 0-)

        of TennCare--slashing the rolls.  But, that's a topic for another day.  Maybe Obamacare will alleviate some of the problems that he created.

        Mollie

        “If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

        by musiccitymollie on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 12:05:44 AM PST

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