Wed
Nov 5 2008
01:08 pm

Phil Bredesen just said on politico.com/arena:

For me, Barack Obama’s historic win passes one of the best gut checks of all; I felt great about it last night, and I feel even better the morning after. It is the right thing for America on many levels.

As for its meaning, I do have a respectful request for the president-elect this morning. The strategy that produced our national win came at a real cost to Democrats here in Tennessee. We lost seats in the Senate, and this morning we have the first Republican House since the civil-war era. With the red landslide here in Tennessee, and with many counties with Democratic officeholders voting in the high 60s and even 70s for McCain, it’s very hard to swim against that current.

The center has shifted in this election, but America still has cultural divides we need to bridge.

My respectful request is this: I ask you to now reach out to all those people in my state—and across America— who attend small-town churches, who shop at WalMart, but who weren’t quite there for you yesterday; make them too a part of your vision for America. They will increase your understanding of our wonderful country, they will strengthen your ability to govern, and they need you.

Shorter Bredesen:

  • Tennessee Dem losses are Obama's fault, not mine
  • Obama's a snob who doesn't like small town voters who shop at Walmart. Obama has been reaching out to voters like this for 20 months.

Respectfully request, huh? I respectfully request that the State Democratic Party censure Bredesen.

They should. Backstabber. No, Tennessee was never in play nationally. But isn't it partially the responsibility of a Democratic Governor? Think how often you've heard of Ed Rendell's hard work to keep the state of PA blue, for comparison to Bredesen's lackluster performance. Working hard for the national ticket has a direct impact on down-ticket races, Mr. Bredesen. Seems like you've been slacking pretty badly, sir.

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R. Neal's picture

The strategy that produced

The strategy that produced our national win came at a real cost to Democrats here in Tennessee.

What a steaming pile of horseshit. This is exactly the kind of crap I am talking about at the end of the Knox/State Senate post below.

It's time to stop pandering and start educating.

tennesseevaluesauthority's picture

Bredesen never ceases to

Bredesen never ceases to amaze me. First, he tells Obama not to waste his time campaigning in Tennessee and then blames Obama for the Republican tide in Tennessee? Sure. Fine. Whatever.

rocketsquirrel's picture

I couldn't believe it when I

I couldn't believe it when I read it...Bredesen just needs to come on out as the right wing nutter we know he is. He didn't do crap for Kerry. Nada for Obama. and then blames the national party for not helping state races.

R. Neal's picture

[keith olbermann]Mr.

[keith olbermann]Mr. Bredesen. Seems like you've been slacking pretty badly, sir.[/keith olbermann]

Heh.

Joe P.'s picture

he sure talked a lot of

he sure talked a lot of nonsense over the course of this campaign and apparently felt compelled to add some more hooey to top it off.

Nobody's picture

This is going to be so

This is going to be so entertaining to watch as the Liberal HORDE descends upon itself over the next two in a feeding frenzy of epic proportions. Now that California, YES-California has BANNED, do you hear that, BANNED gay marriage 2010 will see some wonderful results if your boy Obama and his hack Pelsoi/Redi do not deliver some major goods in the meantime. Oh that one could watch how the Left will go to pieces when the big O becomes a Clinton Republican.

metulj's picture

True happiness is

True happiness is knowing you are a hypocrite. -- Ivor Cutler

sugarfatpie's picture

Ford for governor!

He may be a blue dog, but at least he's got balls!

-Sugarfatpie (AKA Alex Pulsipher)

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Konaownsford's picture

No disrespect, pie

...but Ford is a coward. He's a liar and fool.
My site is tn420.org/cove

I have much proof of what I claim and without cluttering Neal up, you can always come ask me what I mean.

He ran from me (and others) at TMP Muckrakers after he started a Q&A there. Never answered one question. Not one.

Harold Ford Jr. is unfit for public service.

I apologize for if I sound harsh. No offense intended to you. But Ford is someone I have a real problem with and for lots of sound reasons.

Regards,

gonzone's picture

yup

You got the right of it.

"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."
Hunter S. Thompson

sugarfatpie's picture

I don't think you would be cluttering this board up

Couldn't find Ford on your website.
Educate me.

-Sugarfatpie (AKA Alex Pulsipher)

"X-Rays are a hoax."-Lord Kelvin

redmondkr's picture

This is going to be so

This is going to be so entertaining to watch as the Liberal HORDE descends upon itself over the next two in a feeding frenzy of epic proportions. Now that California, YES-California has BANNED, do you hear that, BANNED gay marriage 2010 will see some wonderful results if your boy Obama and his hack Pelsoi/Redi do not deliver some major goods in the meantime. Oh that one could watch how the Left will go to pieces when the big O becomes a Clinton Republican.

One of the advantages of posting under the cloak of Nobody (not verified) is the fact that one can so easily deny a previous asinine post by merely replying,

"Oh, that wasn't me, that was one of those other dumb asses called Nobody."


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Nobody's picture

Well, like I've said many a

Well, like I've said many a time, it is not my choosing on the "Nobody" part. Ask the sissies who run this site why they are so scared of real debate and I will be happy to put my name to everything I write. Joseph Bailey

R. Neal's picture

Why don't you just type your

Why don't you just type your name where it says "Your name:"?

KoNabody's picture

Sissies?

I just love cowards who say things on the net they would never say to someone's face.

Dude, quit whining, kneel and worship President Hussein.

R. Neal's picture

Allow Sean Braisted to

Allow Sean Braisted to retort:

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R. Neal's picture

Left Wing Cracker lets it

Left Wing Cracker lets it rip:

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Andy Axel's picture

Bredesen's performance as

Bredesen's performance as the top-of-the-ticket standards bearer for TN has been beyond pathetic.

* He has consistently berated party activists to stay at home, as he did in 2004 when he flatly stated that "Tennessee is not in play for Kerry" and pretty much the same thing in 2008;

* He interfered in the Senate race in 2008, encouraging people like McWherter & Davis to sit it out;

* He can't blame Obama for what happened to the state in 2006 when he managed to preside over the loss of the State Senate majority - he only has to look in the mirror to puzzle that one out. The House loss is merely an extension of the steady losses he's presided over since he came to office;

* Let's not forget the hurt feelings and alienation that he himself created among his base of support by his TennCare and workmans' comp "reform" packages in his first term;

* Bredesen has consistently won more solid support among Republicans than he has among Democrats - it's a constituency that he has openly courted for his eight years in office. And then he wonders why the political ATM doesn't pay out for him when it counts?

* The TNDP has been a "Bredsen re-elect committee" ever since 2002 when Bredesen brought in his own crew of people and installed them, so it should come as little surprise that they've not been much of a help to anyone but Bredesen.

* Still wondering why you weren't vetted by the Obama VP search committee, Phil? Still smarting, pal? Sour effin' grapes.

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StaceyDiamond's picture

silly

Obama did reach out to small town folks. From everything I've read and seen, its seems national candidates write off Tn. because our own native son Gore lost so big here. I respect our state Dems for good programs like Coverkids and not letting the worst of the anti-abortion crazy stuff pass and keeping us one step above Ala., but other than that I don't care much for them. The commercials state Dem. candidates ran sounded like GOP commercials.

KoNabody's picture

Bredesen

Bredesen is an asshat of the first order.
Not quite as lame as Joseph Bailey, but close.

Andy Axel's picture

Found this quote from

Found this quote from October 2004 (from the Tennessean):

"Gov. Phil Bredesen said he is "cautiously confident" that Democrats can hang on to their majorities in the state House and Senate.

"There is no question I live in a state that is leaning Republican," said Bredesen, the first Democrat to win a statewide office since Ned McWherter's re-election as governor in 1990.

"The way the presidential race is shaping up certainly doesn't help to elect Democratic legislators," Bredesen said.

So, when Kerry was losing, that wasn't helping him.

And when Obama won, that didn't help him either.

It's always someone else's fault.

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R. Neal's picture

Wonder what tune he'd be

Wonder what tune he'd be singing if the governor's election was on the same cycle as presidential elections?

gonzone's picture

dummy!

y respectful request is this: I ask you to now reach out to all those people ... who weren’t quite there for you yesterday

Translated:
So, Obama, why didn't you beg me to take the VP slot? And why didn't you grovel to get me to campaign for read Dems in TN?

Asshat.

"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."
Hunter S. Thompson

Konaready's picture

So, what shall we do?

Guys (gals too), I know many avoid me due to my aggressive methodology when it comes to addressing the opposition and their enablers in our own party.

Well, did I have these Blue Dogs pegged right or not?

Now the question remains. As bloggers and the custodians of the historical record, we have two years to find a battle plan and tear these humanoids down.
What are we going to do?

We have to attempt to educate the Tennessee public about the fact that our economic and social misery is the product of Republican and Dpublican incompetence and outright malice.
These people, from Bredesen to Alexander, are a blight on this great state.
We have to send that message in a very aggressive fashion and not confined to the internet.
We will have to be at least a little vicious.

We have two years. I'm considering doing some freeway blogging soon. Gas prices will move lower as Big Oil kisses Obama ass. We can afford to mobile.
We have to educate the public as best we can.
Maybe we should have a meet up in Knoxville somewhere and form a battle plan.
Any gifted community organizers amongst us?

We have to do something. We're probably the only ones who even care at this point.
All I know is that it will be easy to fall asleep after this great national victory we've won. We can't afford even one wink.

Open to suggestions of action. You all know where to find me.

bill young's picture

Ford & Bredesen

I was big time for Harold in '06 & still like him & if he ever runs again I'm for him.

Bredesen is a Democrat that wins.Won Knox County twice & made history as the first candidate for governor to sweep EVERY county in the state in '06.I'm not a 100% Bredesen man but I like him,voted for him,wanted him to win & think he's been a good governor.

I've heard the complaints about Bredesen that have been reflected on this thread over & over from some for the last 6 years.

I understand & I have had the same misgivings about Democrats in the past.I didn't however think those Democrats were a piece of shit.

In '80 I went with Senator Kennedy over President Carter & when Carter won the nomination I wanted Carter to win.

In '84 I went with Senator Hart over Mondale but swung in line behind the nominee.

In '86 I thought Dick Fulton was a great choice for governor.But McWherter won & I liked him as a governor.

In '92 I wasn't sold on Clinton & went with Jerry Brown for the nomination.But I got behind the nominee & was glad Clinton won.

In '94 the same arguements were made against Senator Sasser that have been made against the Governor.I was never a huge supporter of the Senator & didn't think much of it when he lost.BUT I was wrong & it's taken the Democrats 14 years to dig out of the hole the Republican sweep of that year put us in.

This year I was suprised that the Republicans took the state house.I heard the talk that they were trying to win the state house but I'd heard that talk for years.This time the Republicans walked the walk.

Pushing the Republican ticket..from McCain to Lamar! & keep going to the down ballot state house candidates.I guess thats why Lamar! & Duncan were running tv adds...keep the eye on prize..the state house ..VOTE REPUBLICAN.Dunn got what 70% in his state house race?

I'm sure the Governor did not exepect the Democratic ticket to fall so hard but it did.Bredesen did campaign for Obama in other states.Maybe he should have stayed home & hit the streets harder in Tn for the state house candidates.

My advice is for all of you folks that don't care for the Governor is to make it known to him.Make it clear you think he's whatever it is you think he is next time the Governor's in town.

I'm not a 100% Bredesen man but he's a Democrat..he's won Knox County twice & for me that ain't half bad.

rocketsquirrel's picture

Bill, no offense. I like you

Bill, no offense. I like you a whole lot. But please enumerate anything Bredesen has done for down-ticket Democrats, starting with candidate recruitment all the way to out and out campaigning. I'm all ears. As far as I'm concerned, since he's been Gov, he's just as responsible for putting that tiara on Jimmy Duncan's head every two years as any Republican has been.

Andy Axel's picture

I'd love to hear this one

I'd love to hear this one myself....

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bill young's picture

Here goes

In east Tennessee House races Bredesen helped Vaughn & Yokley in the last two elections.Hackworth & Bryge this time...helped Litz in '04.Stumped for Schree in '06.

In east Tennessee Senate races this time helped Williams & Ruppe.Helped Kilby in his races.

In '06 went door to door for Lowe Finney in a west Tennessee senate race.

Maybe he wasnt as active as he was in '04 & '06.

I was for Randy Nichols in '02 & I don't know Bredesen execpt to shake his hand but he runs the state well & is a Democrat.

Some folks I really trust Tommy Schumpert,Wade Till & Norman Riddle think the world of Bredesen & I take them @ their word.

If you dont like him you dont like him.Thats fine with me.I know alot of Obama folks aint to happy with him & I know alota folks that haven't liked him for years.

But for me Bredesen is the goddamn fucking Democrat governor of our devil red state so hell yes I'm for him.

But I'm partisan like that.

Same way it dont make much sense to folks over in the 2nd district but I like you,Nancy,Billy,Amy,Mark & Cortney.They all got one thing in common..they keep showing up for Democrats.

rikki's picture

But for me Bredesen is the

But for me Bredesen is the goddamn fucking Democrat governor of our devil red state so hell yes I'm for him.

But I'm partisan like that.

I hate political parties, but I love Bill.

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