At a time when other non-legislative officials are jockying to get their licks in about whether or not Tennessee House Speaker Kent Williams should be re-enstated to the Republican Party, Bob Corker is staying out of it:
While it is becoming increasingly apparent that there is a developing fissure in the Republican Party (how "major" it is is a matter of debate) over whether or not to readmitKent Williamsas a Republican after Williamsjoined in league with House Democratsto make himself Tennessee House Speaker, Corker is right to stay out of the whole matter.
For Jason Mumpower to try and get the members of the House Republican Caucus to sign on to a letter "reprimanding" Tennessee Right to Life for endorsing a candidate that the caucus didn't support is akin to Mumpower and Glen Casada trying to tell their constituency groups what to do (in Casada's defense, I do not believe that if he were Leader, he would be stupid enough to do anything like this of his own accord). Tennessee Right to Life does not care about the internal issues within the Republican Party, either. Those of us who are active or semi-active in the GOP who are also committed pro-lifers do care, but we have a vested interest since we are committed to party politics-Tennessee Right to Life is not, since it is a constituency organization, but is not affiliated officially with the Republican Party.
Rather than take a page from How to Win Friends and Influence People, Jason Mumpower is shooting himself in the foot at a time when he needs to be building support rather than dividing his base. Unless Mumpower gets his head out of the clouds and back down to political reality, he will be much less likely to be Speaker of the House in 2011-and not because he would lack a Republican majority.
As of yet, I can't be locked away forbeing openly criticalof the President, or of Governor Bredesen, or of our Members of Congress or the General Assembly. While I am well aware that there are many people both inside and outside of government who wish that I were locked away in a closet somewhere to be shut up, I am not because a soldier, sailor, airman, or Marine took a bullet that paid for my right to speak out.
Most people are aware of the "tea party" protests around the country, and the President would love the partiers to go away. You don't have to because some boys at Lexington and Concord were so tired of a government that tried to shut them up that they opened fire on its soldiers and faced the wrath of what in those days was the most awesomepower on earth so we could freely choose not to have the will of government imposed on us.
I will doubtless anger some when I say that our doors should never be permanently closed to anyone, including Kent Williams. However, for Williams to be let back into the party, he has to be sorry for what he did-ideally, he should apologize to the entire House Republican Caucus and to the party as a whole for his actions last January, and do so publicly. As part of the consequences of his actions, Kent Williams must be made to stand as an independent for at least one election cycle. If Williams survives, then he wants back in the GOP of his own accord after that, it ought then to be very seriously considered.
What was a major reason Knoxville Mayor and and gubernatorial candidiate Bill Haslam skipped out on a Knoxville conservative straw poll Thursday night and attended a fundraiser hosted by a Democrat instead?:
Since Tennessee has no party registration and our primaries are essentially open, Haslam may be trying to pull enough Democrats to vote in the Republican primary to impact an outcome which might go against him in a closed primary-he may see crossover Democrats as the key to his Republican primary victory.
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