Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Wednesday of Holy Week

Blowin' in the wind

In the last State legislative session, Republicans attempted to move forward legislation that would have ended the "driving certificate" scheme for illegal aliens. That legislation was killed by the Democratic majority in the House (after all, Democrats would not want to offend illegal aliens, a group that has proven to be key to Democratic victories all over the country by voting for Democrats illegally).

The bill comes up again this time around, but now it looks like it will pass because the Governor has agreed to sign it. Acting like a flock of sheep following a Judas Goat, the Democratic majority in the House and Democrats in the Senate will now go along with the legislation (for the most part) because Phil Almighty has agreed to sign it.

Republicans have been pushing to bring this travesty of the law to an end for months, and now there comes a bill that will do this and the Governor agrees to sign the legislation. It is great for Tennessee to uphold our immigration laws, so I am glad the Governor is going to sign the bill. How do his allies in the press feel about this? This morning's Tennessean gives the Honorable Phil Governor all the credit for the passage of the legislation. Republicans push this for a small eternity, and the press gives their Lord and Savior all the accolades.

This is how this man carries 95 counties and enjoys the closest thing to dictatorial power in this country since Huey Long. Fortunately, there are a few Democrats who see right through him. The problem with Bredesen is not his political party (as some believe that I think), the problem with the Governor is that he has no beliefs, no passion, and I do not believe that he would stand up and really fight for anything. There are plenty of so-called "leaders" like this in both parties in this country. Bredesen is, however, the most blatant example I have ever seen.

Phil Bredesen holds up his finger, and whichever way the wind happens to blow, Phil goes that direction like a kite.



At Wednesday, April 04, 2007 6:46:00 PM, Blogger Sean Braisted said...

How does Bredesen have dictatorial power if he has to capitulate to the opposition on a constant basis?

At Wednesday, April 04, 2007 9:30:00 PM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

He doesn't capitulate-it may appear that way to you, but what he does is to figure out what will keep his numbers high and do whatever that thing is.

He gets Democrats to vote for him because of the D next to his name, and does just enough to please Republicans to remain popular and in power.

He is a dangerous man because of his severe lack of principles or conviction.

At Thursday, April 05, 2007 12:08:00 AM, Blogger Sean Braisted said...

I get that part, but you said he "enjoys the closest thing to dictatorial power in this country since Huey Long." I just see that as a contradictory statement if he goes with the political winds. Sounds like everyone else has the power and he is just a glorified weather vane.

At Thursday, April 05, 2007 12:44:00 PM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

If Phil Bredesen is nothing else, he is a brilliant and very astute politician.

He enjoys a level of popularity rarely seen among elected leaders, and frankly I have seen nothing like it in my lifetime. How does he do this?

Some say he is a pragmatist, a centrist, or a realist. Perhaps he is those things, but those things alone do not make one popular. Plenty of so-called leaders in both parties fit that description and enjoy far less popularity than Phil Bredesen does in our fair State.

Yet Bredesen has managed to fashion for himself an image, and so effective has this been that people in both parties and none have come to see Phil Bredesen as the only option. If Bredesen wants something, he gets it-if Bredesen assents to something, most others
will agree to it. He quiets critics within his own party by reminding them of his massive political clout and throws enough bones to the opposition to keep them relatively quiet.

There has been little on the way of an effective check on his power or influence.


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