The DishonorIn the wake of the slick, tawdry, backroom dealing done by Tennessee Democrats to make Kent Williams Speaker of the Tennessee House, I must admit that my opinions of certain Democrats has changed, and none for the better.
Some days ago I said that I thought House Democratic Leader Gary Odom was an honorable man. It was Odom who went to Carter County over Thanksgiving to strike the deal which made Kent Williams the faux-Speaker. What was the deal? Williams becomes the Speaker, with all of the prestige attached to that position, while the Democrats get everything else. Forget the fact that we had an election, that Kent Williams ran as a Republican, that the Republicans won a one-vote majority, and that the caucus nominee for Speaker was Jason Mumpower. Odom didn't like the election result, so he used the Speakership vote as a bribe for a weak man to overturn an election. Odom thinks he is getting a good deal out of this whole affair as well, because he believes that within two years, he will be Speaker of the House.
I know that Mike Turner is a regular reader of this blog, so Representative Turner should read and ponder this very carefully: You ought to be ashamed of yourself. You know that Williams will slow the business of the House to a turtle's pace because he hasn't a clue what he is doing, and you could have joined other principled people to stall or stop this before it began, but instead you sided with Judas. If the situation were reversed, and 49 Republicans made a turncoat Democrat Speaker, I'll bet all of you would have a different opinion.
Kent Williams should be thrown out of the Republican Party, because we would rather have a principled minority than a sell-out majority.