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  •  How about a country music celebrity? (1+ / 0-)
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    I know some Democrats are snobby and dismissive of celebrity candidates but it works well; Fred Thompson, Reagan, Schwarzenegger. Someone from the music industry could be a good fundraiser for the party and bring in votes from outside the Democratic base.

    •  Respectfully, IMO, celebrity is part of what is (1+ / 0-)
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      wrong with politics today.

      Not in every instance, mind you.  I supported Al Franken (a comedic writer, etc.) of Saturday Night Live fame when he ran for Senator in Minnesota.  But Al's also very intelligent and capable.  He scored a perfect score of 800 on the math portion of his "SAT" college entrance exam.  [Link]  

      Franken's a Harvard graduate, too.  Which is not to imply that I believe that one must be an Ivy League graduate to qualify.  If anything, there may be too much of that, and the reason for the disconnect between American politicians and the American People, in so many matters.

      If there's a committed, intelligent, capable and ideologically left celebrity--go for it.  But, to nominate any candidate without the necessary qualifications, just because you think you might win a seat--no thanks.

      Electing our representatives should be a VERY serious matter.  And ideology, policy, character and ability should be the main considerations.


      “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 08:45:53 PM PST

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    •  Not in this town we are not (1+ / 0-)
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      However, not sure how many big names live in the district. Old-timers are concentrated in Hendersonville, (northside, Dianne Black's district) whereas in the last couple of decades they've been more on the southside, down in Franklin (Blackburn's district). The rank-and-file types are more in the 05, but celebrities less so.

      Conservatives believe evil comes from violating rules. Liberals believe evil comes from violating each other.

      by tcorse on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 08:59:13 PM PST

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