Sunday, October 21, 2007


* = Who Would Jesus Vote For?

According to this article from the New York Times and MSNBC, Thompson, McCain, and Romney have been spending some energy trying to convince Republican voters that each one is the most pro-life, Jesus loving, gay marriage hating candidate out there.

Thompson has vowed to spend the first hour after being sworn in praying behind closed doors in the Oval Office, John McCain is saying that he is "the only candidate who can claim to have been pro-life for his entire political career," and Mitt Romney wants to "convene a White House meeting to look for ways to strengthen the family and appoint justices 'who won’t legislate from the bench.'"

I know Republicans aren't the only politicians who combine their politics and their faith. We all remember pictures of the Clintons and Gores going to church. Even the local candidates spend their Sundays going from one church to the next, using the opportunity to reach the masses.

Maybe it is because I don't regularly go to church, but a candidate's religious convictions have never really been a measure that I use to decide who I am going to vote for.

I often wonder if the practice of candidates going to church changes any one's mind. I mean if you are a regular church goer and you are there to hear what you pastor, minister, reverend, or rabbi has to say, are you really impressed that someone is crashing the party? Does it matter if they agree with you?

I went out with some friends on Friday night and upon hearing that I worked for Congressman Cohen, they told me an interesting story about meeting both the Congressman and his opponent within 24 hours of each other. They had gone to a dinner for the HRC and met Congressman Cohen there. The next morning, they went to church, and Nikki Tinker and her mother showed up to meet people. Now, I happen to have been a member of the church that my friends went to, and I have been since the 3rd grade, and I can assure you that Nikki Tinker isn't a regular at this church. There isn't anything wrong with that, as I said, everyone does it. I guess I am just the kind of person who would much rather meet the person who represents me in Washington, or even in Nashville, at an HRC dinner than at my church. Of course, the ironic thing is that since it is an Episcopal church, some of the people coming up to Nikki were homosexuals, and I am sure those African American preachers that are supporting Nikki would be surprised to know that homosexuals attend church, too.

So, what do you think - if someone is going to be elected to represent you, is it important that they have come to your church and talked to you from the pulpit or should candidates skip the church visits and concentrate on issues?

Friday, October 05, 2007

A Genius and a Thief

No......I'm not talking about a Memphis politician.....check these links:

Sleeping In Today... Back to Work Tomorrow...

This election is the epitome of mixed emotions. Elation, cynicism, heartbreak, and anger were experienced by pretty much everyone involved in local politics last night. Jackson was right when he wrote about the American-Idol-style camaradrie between campaigns during this long process. The sarcasm and chit-chat have been dorkily fun. A couple thoughts on the races near and dear to me:

Jim Strickland didn’t just win; he dominated to an extent you rarely see a non-incumbent dominate a race. He is far and away the hardest-working politician I’ve ever had the privilege of working with. No matter how much the race seemed to be in the bag, he kept knocking on doors, talking with voters, and, more importantly, listening to the voters. His wonkishness and passion for crime-prevention policies promise to be highly influential on the new city council and he has ideas we really need to see implemented in this city.

Shea Flinn worked his butt off in Nashville and worked against flat-out stupid laws even though it would hurt him politically to do so. His anti-stupid approach should be fun to watch in a political climate full of “pro-stupid” politicians. His win was the best news of the night. Best of luck to Frank Langston in the future. Kemp Conrad’s a nice guy, even if he is a stinking Republican. Contrary to what you told me, Shea, the tenth prophet didn’t jump onto your bandwagon. But that’s okay. He went to Saino. The tenth prophet was always a gadfly, and the Lord works in mysterious ways.

Bill Morrison made the runoff and has another month to work. As a teacher, father, and veteran, Bill has the heart for public service that we need on the city council. I’m going to spend the next month doing anything I’m asked to do for him. You should too. We also had the pleasure in that race of beating Rudolph Daniels who was one of the more annoying candidates in any of the campaigns I worked this cycle. (“You’re a liberal! You gave us welfare!” “You tell Bill he needs to let people know he supports gays!”) I did love his negative mailers against us though. “Bill’s a far-left-commie endorsed by gays and left-wing-bloggers… Ahhh!!!!” Both goofy and useless, but it was great to see a Republican ad the used the phrase “left wing cracker.” Oh… It misspelled Bill’s name too. So much for being the education councilman.

Desi Franklin would have been a great member of the city council. She’s smart, independent, calm, and principled. Reid Hedgepeth is a Republican developer who raked in the money, skipped every single debate and forum, never talked about issues, and had never even bothered voting in a city election before running for city office. All in all, he’s exactly what progressives wouldn’t want in a councilman. It’s a free country, and anyone has a right to run. Carol and Herman both ran hard to win. Although, they likely cost each other the election, at least they saw a path to victory and weren’t running purely out of ego or spite. I’m not sure the same thing happened with Mary Wilder. I never saw Mary at a single poll. I never saw a volunteer for her the entire race. I never even saw signs for her at a lot of polls. She raised no money to speak of. She wasn’t running to win. As far as I can tell, all she did was get a few endorsements then send out a couple last minute mailers. Had she not been in the race, none of her vote wold have gone to Reid. Even about a third of her vote going to Desi would have been enough to give Desi the win.

The mayor’s race doesn’t have me as down as it does a lot of ya’ll because I never expected much different. I’ve said for months that Herenton’s GOTV would make him go 5-7 points above what he polled. That’s pretty much what happen. The man got his vote out like a pro. I respect both Herman and Carol and I would have loved to see either of them as mayor, but I was never a kool-aid drinker of either. I’ll be glad when the current feces-throwing between pissed-off Carol supporters and pissed-off Herman supporters ends. If you need me, I’ll be getting to work on the next set of races.

P.S. Please don’t ever again put me working a poll with McManus there shouting about the evils of strip clubs at all the voters (Stephens is against that strip club! We don’t need that crime and those drugs! Fight the strip club, vote for Stephens!) Oh brother… And please don’t lock me in a room full of conservatives while they count the votes and I listen to Pierotti (Steve Mulroy’s opponent back a few cycles ago) talk about what a rude ass he was and how my far-left beliefs were anti-Christian. Why’s it always my job to make nice with the Republicans?

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Water Break and Flip-floppery...

I've been out since 5 this morning and I'll be out till all the votes are counted and the beer is all drank. Now, however, is lunchtime.

I've been out in Frayser and Raleigh all morning, and I'll be in East Memphis all night. Carol is rocking it where I'm at. She has feisty volunteers everywhere. Nothing from Morris. Little from Herenton. I still say Herman had the best chance of beating Herenton to start and given another month probably would have a better chance. I can't deny though, that if you are looking to beat Herenton TODAY Carol is who you have to go with now. Let's hear it for her! Go Carol! She's a fighter and this is going to be a close one.

The District 1 candidates are out in force in the North. I'm getting great results when talking to voters for Bill. I'm feeling good about that. The District 9 campaigns don't seem to realize Raleigh and Frayser exist.

Back to work. This wearing three campaign hats at once is rough. Vote for Besi Morlin! I mean Dill Frankisson... I mean... Screw it... Just vote for Bubba (I would have said Bob but Jim would kick my butt.)

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

More on Ford, Sr.

Former Congressman Harold Ford, Sr. did not show up at Herenton's rally last night. It is unclear whether he was ever really going to show up in the first place.

However, he may have bigger trouble than disappointing the current mayor. According to the Commercial Appeal this morning, Ford, Sr. may have cast an illegal vote this year. According to the story, Harold Ford, Sr. applied for a homestead tax break in Florida, during which he declared his primary residence is in Florida. However, by casting a vote in the Tennessee election, he is declaring his primary residence to be in Tennessee. You can't have two primary residences. You can live out of state and vote here, as long as you don't officially declare to be a resident of another state. Oops.

The article doesn't make it clear if Brook Thompson, state election coordinator, is going to investigate the matter further.

So, what do you think? Does declaring yourself a resident of one state for purposes of lowering your property taxes exclude you from voting in another state? What should happen to the Former Congressman if, in fact, he did vote illegally?