The World According to Oatney
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
History Repeats ItselfHistory, it seems, does tend to repeat itself-especially in politics:
Few people called former Governor and House Speaker Ned Ray McWherter any names for owning a Budweiser distributorship, as does his son, the current Democratic nominee for Governor. Those who did try to use that against McWherter found the tactic backfire severely. There are some issues (as Cagle rightly points out) with the reality that Bill Haslam has business interests that are regulated by the State, but there are also few businesses that are not regulated by the State in the day and age in which we find ourselves.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
English In the WorkplaceIt seems like Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen just wants to avoid the question of the new "English in the Workplace" law:
Now I'll harbor an educated guess about why Governor Bredesen is so keen to water down the impact of this legislation-he believes in the bill and in what the authors are attempting to accomplish by introducing it, but he really doesn't want to be seen as a Democratic Governor picking a fight with Hispanic groups and other Democratic ethnic constituencies in an election year when his party's nominee to replace him is already at the back of the political pack. Bredesen doesn't want to deal with the fallout over this bill inside his own party, so he is trying to publicly dilute it's impact.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Will Certain Endorsements Matter?Can Tennessee Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey overcome not being able to raise money for nearly six months?:
It isn't terribly surprising that Ron Ramsey would get a lot of tea party endorsements, he has been angling for them since he announced that he was running for Governor. Trying to get tea party endorsements is a very good political move in a year like this one, but the one thing that may have hurt Ramsey is the sheer length of the legislative session, which moved well into June. While the General Assembly was in session, Ramsey, like other members of the General Assembly, was not in a position to raise money for his campaign for Governor at all from January 12th until May 13th, and couldn't take money from political action committees until the Legislature adjourned. All the while, Ramsey's opponents could all raise money with reckless abandon. Is the law fair? No, but it is the reality that has put Ron Ramsey at a severe disadvantage in the campaign for Governor of Tennessee.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
This Is Scandalous...Apparently, this picture of a Republican Tennessee House candidate-who also happens to be a professional model-is one of two that are the cause of a political "scandal"....why???
Note (8/13/10): I have removed the picture for the time being at the request of a friend.
Monday, June 21, 2010
The PictureWelcome to politics Julia Hurley:
Perhaps Ms. Hurley is indeed the victim of a smear campaign, but it might behoove both her and others to be reminded that if you don't want something to become a smear campaign, it may not be wise to run for the State Legislature when there are pantless photographs of you floating around. If there are-and someone who is a model should be aware that something might happen like that-the candidate should be a bit better response than "this is a personal jab."
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