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  •  I saw an announcement on local TV (8+ / 0-)

    that McCain was coming here and I thought - WTF - why on earth is McCain coming to east Tennessee of all places the final day before the election? It seems crazy. East Tennessee is the reddest part of a very red state. Blew my mind.

    I have to add one tidbit that probably doesn't mean anything. My husband was listening to local radio today when a older woman got on the air and said she was a staunch, life-long Tennessee Republican. But this year, she's voting for Obama. Had a whole list of sensible reasons why. After she was finished, the two radio hosts were silent and it took a long pause before they could think of what to say. Which was mostly to change the topic.

    I know, I know, I know Tennessee is as red as red can be. But, then again, you never know...

    •  Agreed, What part of TN are you from? (3+ / 0-)
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      I'll give you my projection for your county.

      "Dear Mr. President, there are too many states nowadays. Please eliminate three. I am not a crackpot." - Grandpa Simpson

      by ourhispanicvoices on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 09:33:53 PM PST

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      •  I'm in Sevier County, otherwise known as (4+ / 0-)
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        Redneckville. We're home to Dollywood, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Lots of tourists, lots of transplants, not that many locals.

        •  Yeah, that is Rednickville (2+ / 0-)
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          bad numbers for him there

          Looks like it will be around
          66%
          33%

          Ford Made no inroads into that county what so ever over Kerry.  I find it hard to say that Obama made any.

          "Dear Mr. President, there are too many states nowadays. Please eliminate three. I am not a crackpot." - Grandpa Simpson

          by ourhispanicvoices on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 09:48:54 PM PST

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        •  But beautiful country (0+ / 0-)

          I've been there, to Pigeon Forge -- yes, as a tourist.  Stayed in one of those rent-a-lodges in the hills outside of the garish strip.  Was there in early October.  What a gorgeous part of the country it is.

          Dude, your statistical average, which was already in the toilet, just took a plunge into the Earth's mantle. ~ iampunha

          by ETF on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 10:33:21 PM PST

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    •  Um, what part of the McCain campaign has (7+ / 0-)

      been effective, or made sense? I mean, I could understand the bewilderment if Obama went to Massachusetts, but McCain is just doing the most random crap I've ever seen in a campaign.

      "Jesus was a community organizer. Pontius Pilate was a governor," - Mudflats.

      by johnsonwax on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 09:36:52 PM PST

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    •  people are pissed, real pissed (2+ / 0-)
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      if Gore had run against Alexander, he'd be in the senate again.

      If Obama had been pushing Tennessee, he'd make it in play

      George Bush is Living proof of the axiom "Never send a boy to do a man's job" E -2.25 S -4.10

      by nathguy on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 09:37:47 PM PST

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      •  I agree. (0+ / 0-)

        But you look at EV's and you know why the South stays red. National Democratic candidates look for the low-hanging fruit and biggest bang for the buck.

        As long as we don't let up (and Obama is able to weather the storm of the next few years), 2012 may look very different. Especially if they run Palin up ticket. If Virginia (13 EV), Georgia (15 EV), or NC (15 EV) goes blue, expect TN (11 EV) to be  a target next time. Of course the ideal target is Florida (27 EV) or Texas (34 EV); Republicans cannot win the WH without FL and TX.

    •  There have been half a dozen people (1+ / 0-)
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      calling in to the Marc Bernier "Program" which is sometimes broadcast from JC (his wife is from the area, I think) who are really pissed that McCain has dissed them by not coming around.
      I guess he wants to be sure he gets those 6 votes. I don't think it's going to work. 4 of them said they wouldn't vote for him anyway, even though they are Repub through and through.
      Ain't goin' to work, John.
      l.o.l.

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