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Everyplace I go online lately, I'm seeing political ads for Lamar Alexander, who's running once again (sigh) for the US Senate from the state of Tennessee. Now why would that be, I think, glaring at his utterly nondescript features for the thousandth time as they appear on the margin of a liberal news site, Yahoo, and even on my Facebook page. In the first place, I'm a Democrat, and in the second, I live in VIRGINIA! Yep, that's right, Virginia, NOT Tennessee. And not just over-the-border Virginia, either, but way the heck up in the Shenandoah Valley! True, once upon a time I did live in Tennessee, for 35 years in fact, and so I know the good senator rather better than I'd like to. He was once governor of the state, and my late ex used to refer to him as "the next best thing to no governor at all". After that he was president of the University of Tennessee, and according to my father, who was a departmental chair there, the next best thing to no president at all. From there, he went on to somehow get elected to the Senate, and since then, he has been the next best thing to no senator at all. He not only lacks charisma, he's basically useless and somewhat stupid. Not unintelligent...he's intelligent enough...but stupid; there is a difference. Coming from a state that has sent such lights as Estes Kefauver, the Gores Sr. and Jr., and Howard Baker to Washington, Alexander is a real nebich in the fine sense of that Yiddish word, a nothing.....not even a rank embarrassment like his buddy and co-senator Corker (who always reminds me of one of those horrid yappy little dogs...but I digress).

So why, I think, am I getting these ads for this nothing guy? I live in Virginia, where we have two perfectly good Democratic senators; a little more conservative than I am, perhaps, but Democrats still. Of course I live in the reddest district in the state, with a Republican congresscritter I can't stand, but I write him critical e-mails frequently and return all his campaign literature to sender, unread. I can only figure that it's because I click on some Tennessee news sites every day in an effort to keep up with what's happening in the area where I used to live and where my kids still do. Which just goes to show that for all the spying Facebook, Google, and other advertisers do, they sure aren't very good at it!

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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    Being "pro-life" means believing that every child born has a right to food, education, and access to health care.

    by Jilly W on Sun Jul 20, 2014 at 10:33:45 AM PDT

  •  Don't worry: (2+ / 0-)
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    happymisanthropy, Lujane

    the Borg will keep trying until you are finally assimilated. Resistance is futile. ;p

    "[T]he preservation of the means of knowledge among the lowest ranks is of more importance to the public than all the property of all the rich men in the country." - John Adams, A Dissertation on the Canon and the Feudal Law. (1765)

    by AnacharsisClootz on Sun Jul 20, 2014 at 10:46:51 AM PDT

  •  Maybe They Need to Upgrade to Europe's "Forget" (0+ / 0-)

    function. Maybe they're just remembering too much about you.

    Of course they may get the printout from NSA that shows Tennesseean word patterns in your prose.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Jul 20, 2014 at 10:50:04 AM PDT

  •  You must have clicked on something political (1+ / 0-)
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    related to Tennessee and it made a cookie in your browser. Try clearing your cookies and see if that gets rid of it.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Sun Jul 20, 2014 at 10:50:33 AM PDT

  •  I've seen a ton of Wisconsin GOP web ads... (0+ / 0-)

    ...despite the fact that I live in Illinois. Of course, I write about Wisconsin politics more often than I do about my own state (largely because I was attracted to the anti-Scott Walker protests and recalls in 2011 and 2012), so there's a reason for that.

  •  I kept getting ads for McDaniels and yes I do live (1+ / 0-)
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    Jilly W

    in Mississippi but I haven't had a prefrontal lobotomy that is necessary to vote Tea Party and never will.

  •  Any wingnut ad on D'Kos is more than welcome (0+ / 0-)

    Oligarch dollars spent on a website that has less chance of garnering a vote than selling fleas to a dog? And those same dollars are supporting the Great Orange Satan at the same time?

    More of that.

    Aren't they ever going to, you know, do their jobs?

    by thenekkidtruth on Sun Jul 20, 2014 at 11:51:01 AM PDT

  •  on the other paw (1+ / 0-)
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    Jilly W

    I enjoyed your analysis of Lamar, whom I also worked for as a state employee.  However, I may have to (gasp, choke) vote for him, a Republican, because his opponent, who has a good chance of winning, is frightening and loathsome.  Better the devil you know and all that.  I have labored long and hard comparing candidates for months now and fear this is my only choice.  So your post has been useful although you are annoyed by the ads.  Thanks.

    Nothing pithy here

    by sow hat on Sun Jul 20, 2014 at 01:41:03 PM PDT

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