I do sincerely repent-called out by Rob HuddlestonWe have had a policy from the beginning here at The World of acknowledging when we are wrong about errors in fact, and when those errors in fact lead to erroneous interpretations on our part.
Rob Huddleston has done what few have been able to do...Rob has called me out.
In a comment a few moments ago he said:
First of all, he's (State Sen. Mike Williams) not up for re-election this year.
Rob is right...I double-checked to ensure that he is right. Mike Williams' seat is not among those up for election this cycle. I should have checked the cycle and the ballot in the same way that I just did-I violated my own standards. For that, I apologize profusely to my loyal readers-I am sincerely sorry.
In a related matter, Rob says:
Second of all, and with all due respect, you might as well go ahead and endorse Harold Ford, Hillary Clinton, and Ted Kennedy while you're at it, because there is no difference between the four. Well, actually there might be - Williams is possibly more treacherous.
I don't know with absolute certainty, but I am betting that Rob is referring to Williams vote for John Wilder for Senate Speaker and Lt. Governor. I agree that in terms of partisan control of the Senate it is pretty low-down (because of Williams' vote, the Republicans have a majority in the Senate but do not effectively control that body), and in terms of the line of succession, it is not good to put an 85 year-old senile man a heartbeat away from the Governor's mansion.
That said, I suppose living in Dayton and Cincinnati for several years (ask Chuck Mountel about what it was all like) where a vote for any Democrat at the State level was likely a vote for a lunatic of some degree or other, then breathing the fresh air of East Tennessee politics has had a bit of an effect on me. Here, we may have the Ragsdales and the Haslams to deal with, but for the most part, the Republicans are conservative and most Democrats are actually sane-they may be wrong politically, but they haven't lost their minds like Democrats have in other places. In Wilder's case, he's losing his, but due to age.
No way would I vote for Wilder for Lt. Governor...but those who did can't be called unconservative based on that alone...I think Burchett is a sellout for other reasons, for example.
Nonetheless, Rob called me out...and I deserved it.