Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Duncanfest 2011

That's what it promises to be in the 6th District State Senate race:

Even the News Sentinel doesn't seem to believe that pipe dream, with writer Jim Balloch interviewing former Senator Ben Atchley (who was, last time this writer looked, still a Republican precinct chairman in Knox County), who pointed out that the district lines favor a Republican, and that is true-but that community generally favors Republicans and the only way that Democrats win in Knox County-and much of Knoxville-aside from gerrymandered districts (Joe Armstrong) is because of split votes (paging Ivan Harmon). Lots of whiners are complaining that the only reason that Becky Duncan Massey is likely to win is because she is a Duncan, but that is not true. The reality is that Ms. Johnson could change her last name to Duncan, switch campaign accounts with the Massey camp so that she would have the clear monetary advantage, and be able to hire a more professional campaign staff-and she would still lose in the 6th Senate District because there is a D next to her name.

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