• on a comment on Harold Ford's Unremarkable Loss over 7 years ago

    Yes.  East Tennessee was overwhelmingly pro-Union.  The Blount County Civil War memorial lists Union dead 4-1 or so over Confederate.  

  • comment on a post Harold Ford's Unremarkable Loss over 7 years ago

    Ford was helped by a huge increase in the AA vote.  In 2004, AA were 16% of the electorate, but in 2006 that jumped to 21%.  So as much as one can claim that he was hurt by his race, he was also very much helped by it.  

    Harold's "problem" was two-fold.  First of all, because of the Ford name and the Tennessee Waltz scandal, he was unable to associate Corker with Republican corruption.  But the second part of the problem was the lack of a real primary here.  The DLC crowned Ford as the Democratic candidate without ever giving anyone a chance to discuss non-conservative issues.  So the only issues that existed were entirely on GOP turf, and it's no wonder he lost.
     

  • comment on a post Unconfirmed Senate Numbers over 7 years ago

    Remember how sick the Republicans looked on TV in 2004.

  • comment on a post Unconfirmed Senate Numbers over 7 years ago

    Also please note that they do not (presumably) include early voting.  In TN, roughly 40% of the voting was expected to be early.

  • comment on a post Ford's Missed Opportunity over 7 years ago

    I don't know so much that all this is Harold Ford's personal fault, but it's indicative of the mess that is the Tennessee Democratic Party.  Individual candidates are strong--like Bredesen, Davis, Cooper, and Ford--but there's no state organization that connects East, Middle, and West.  And the same lack of discipline that allows Jake Ford to run as an independent in Memphis also allows the DLC to choose our Senate nominee on our own behalf.

  • comment on a post TN-Sen: BREAKING - Ford Surges in New Poll over 7 years ago

    Means nothing.  Crazy demographics mean it's really difficult to find a "representative" sample from Tennessee.  It's all about turnout.

  • Naw.  Ford just happens to be smarter than your average Democrat.  Not more liberal--just much better at using the media to his own advantage.

  • comment on a post Ford, Tester, and Webb over 7 years ago

    At some point, Corker will pull out the "Ford is the next Al Gore" card.  If you remember, TN voters lost faith in Gore because (or so the story goes) they thought he was more DC than Tennessee.  Ford has much the same background, so we can expect some regression once Corker goes on the offensive.  

    But Corker still has a lot of negatives, and he still has to convince the conservatives that he's the real deal.  But yeah, we in TN never expected this either.  If TN elects a black man senator, that will really be something.

  • comment on a post It Did Not Stop Raining Because God Stopped Peeing over 7 years ago

    Gas prices always go down in the fall.

  • on a comment on Polling Project: Second Release over 8 years ago

    Thanks! So the question is not really measuring a direct comparison of feelings of safety, but rather measuring our impression of the direction our security is generally heading?  I.e. pessimism vs. optimism?  I apologize for being dense on this but I am very literal on these things!

  • comment on a post Polling Project: Second Release over 8 years ago

    I'm still trying to parse the question "do you feel safer since 9/11."  When I first read the question, I interpreted it to mean "safer than I felt before 9/11" and then I realized that it probably means "safer than I felt on the day of 9/11."  So with the latter reading in mind, I'm trying to imagine the circumstances where anyone regardless of party would actually feel less safe now than on that day, when we were all imagining bombs blowing up in shopping malls and subways and sports arenas.  Yet 34% of Democrats apparently do feel less safe and secure now, even though a larger percentage of them are city-dwellers.

    Am I the only person who is having trouble with this question?  Is it because of my narrow interpretation of "safe and secure" as having to do with terror attacks?  Or is it because I live in a mid-sized southern city and not in a giant coastal one?  Someone help me out please!

    And by the way, on 9/11 I was living about 30 miles outside a giant east-coast city and wasn't particularly afraid for my own immediate safety...

  • comment on a post Kerry speaks, wants dems to move right on abortion over 9 years ago
    Kerry sounds like a hypocrite because there's no slogan for people who think Roe v Wade is a good decision.  As long as the argument remains stuck in "all abortions" versus "no abortions," the "no abortions" argument will gain ground.

    Democrats seriously need to decide whether they believe in "all abortions" and whether that's the message they want to send to the voters.

  • We are in absolute agreement.  But as long as we have a President who thinks "education" ends when you've learned how to read, we're screwed.
  • on a comment on Abolish the Electoral College? over 9 years ago
    the voting power for voters in a small state is much greater than in a large state

    Only half the time.  The other half they might as well just stay home for all the power they have on the national level.

  • on a comment on Abolish the Electoral College? over 9 years ago
    Give WHAT up?  I still haven't seen any specific mention of any particular power that will be lost.     States are at this point administrative--they no longer have distinct political identities as states.

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