Friday, January 30, 2009

Woe Unto You Gary Odom, Ye Hypocrite

How dare Brian Kelsey do what people in Nashville do all the time-how dare he raise the notion that he should be granted some committee Chairmanship in return for keeping quiet about the underhanded way in which Kent Williams became Speaker of the House. Democrats and Naifehcans engage in this kind of behavior all the time. "I'll give you a Chairmanship in return for your vote for Speaker (or vice versa)," or "you will get the committee you want if you just be quiet." It is more common than pigeon turds for those kinds of bargains to be struck on the Hill.

When the right people do it, it is normal procedure. Brian Kelsey isn't allowed in on the bargaining, as he is a conservative. Now House Democratic Leader Gary Odom is calling on Kelsey to resign. Really? Is this the same Odom that made his way up to Carter County on Tanksgiving to bargain with Kent Williams about being Speaker of the House? I wonder if it is the selfsame Gary Odom who has served as the Executive Director of the Tennessee Optometric Association, which employs lobbyists on the Hill (what conflict of interest)? Since Gary Odom is now so big on purity of ethics, because of these backroom dealings and conflicts of interest, I call on Gary Odom to resign. Oh, I forgot, Odom's standards do not apply to himself or other Democrats, only to conservative Republicans, hence Odom will go nowhere-but we should all demand that Brian Kelsey should resign for asking for a Chairmanship...

Matthew 23:24-28

Blind guides, who strain out a gnat, and swallow a camel. Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; because you make clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but within you are full of rapine and uncleanness.

Thou blind Pharisee, first make clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, that the outside may become clean. Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; because you are like to whited sepulchres, which outwardly appear to men beautiful, but within are full of dead men's bones, and of all filthiness. So you also outwardly indeed appear to men just; but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

The words of Our Lord to the Pharisees also accurately reflect the mentality of the Tennessee House Democratic Caucus, an entity filled daily with its own self-righteous bullhockey about rising above partisanship and forming coalitions, but inwardly it is filled with partisan rancor and will do anything to maintain control, even after losing an election.

If a Democrat sent such a text message, it would be shrugged off at least and complied with at most. Brian Kelsey can't bargain for himself, though, as he isn't part of the club.

I'll make a prediction: Brian Kelsey isn't going away. If he should choose to run for the House again in 2010, he will be re-elected, and that means that our Democratic friends had better get used to dealing with Brian Kelsey as part of the expanding Republican majority.

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At Friday, January 30, 2009 12:09:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

David I think you just made Odoms point.

At Friday, January 30, 2009 1:44:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, it's time to knock off the Biblical references when talking about the General Assembly. God does not have a political party.

At Friday, January 30, 2009 2:04:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude this makes the point!!! The allegations were known about 2 years ago when it was posted on Tennessee Politics Blog. Now Kelsey wants to bring it out and undercut Susan's wishes and undercut his fellow republicans for himself? You are blind with rage!!! This is wrong ugly and down right evil. Before you go defending Kelsey again with the bible why don't you ask the last time he had a girl friend? Better yet the UofM student he moved in with and promised a job after he took control of the judicial committee.

At Friday, January 30, 2009 2:21:00 PM, Blogger Steve Steffens said...

Well, I'm not speculating about Kelsey's love life, but I noticed that Kelsey listed his work address as his district address.

I knew another guy who did that, listed the family business as his district address - 12 South Parkway West, which is South memphis, but he lived in Collierville.

Not that it matters now, since the guy in question - John Ford, is now in federal prison.

Then again, maybe it does.

At Saturday, January 31, 2009 5:37:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again, I'm amazed by a Republican's ability to forgive potentially criminal behavior by suggesting that Democrats have done the same thing. Please Dave, tell me when a Democrat in the Tennessee Legislature has attempted to extort a committee chairmanship in exchange for keeping quiet about the sexual harassment allegations? Face it, Kelsey needs to be sitting in a federal jail cell for this conduct - and it's possible that he may face some consequence for his actions. But don't quote me a bible verse and expect me to believe that it's somehow OK for him to have done this. Face it Dave, you and all your Rethug buddies are nothing but a bunch of hypocrites.


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