Wed
Nov 8 2006
02:14 pm
By: bill young  shortURL

i dont know how to thank everyone in the 10th ward for all your hard work for harold...we won 72% of the vote in the fort (kerry got 56%)...& on campus we won 67% (kerry got 49%).. special thanks...to kavatha,who started those ford football tailgates @ last year's first game & never let up ...to caitlin,the hardest workin gal in politics,who rocked the vote on campus..thanks to all ya'll for puttin up with me...40 years ago another up & comming young fellow with good ideas lost a very close race...his name was jimmy carter..& he turned out all right..keep the faith

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Nov 8 2006
02:06 pm

I know it's a little anti-climatic with all the breaking news, but Chris Kromm has a great roundup of state legislatures around the South. Republicans were not able to flip a single state legislative body anywhere in the South, and in fact lost ground. The Big Blue Wave rolls on...

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Wed
Nov 8 2006
01:52 pm
By: Knoxquerious  shortURL

Yahoo news outlet is reporting Tester has taken the senate seat in Montana. Is Virginia the next Florida?

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Wed
Nov 8 2006
01:51 pm

MSNBC is reporting that Donald Rumsfeld will resign today.

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Wed
Nov 8 2006
12:50 pm

I thought this was one of the more obnoxious things said late in the campaign, so this morning I just want to say -

How's THE math looking now, Karl?

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Wed
Nov 8 2006
12:23 pm

The new face of Tennessee in the United States Senate. Doesn't it just make you proud? It has never been more true that we get the politicians we deserve.

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Wed
Nov 8 2006
11:56 am
By: StaceyDiamond  shortURL

I really hate that Harold didn't win, I've been more impressed with him as anybody since Clinton. I wonder if without the incident at the Memphis airport, around the same week Corker got a new campaign manager, he could have got the votes he needed. I guess its a testament to how much things have changed since 04 that he did this well. It feels good to have a two party system again and VOl Heath Shuler won in N.C. Schree ran a good race and is a good person, I haven't heard how that final Downtown West count went. As for Stacey, I know him a little from his tv show. At least in his race against Gary Drinnen I'm glad that all the money and influence of the Ragsdale crowd could not buy that seat or Thomas Deakins' school board seat or Lumpy's seat. I like to see a few anti-establishment folks get in from either side. Stacey

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Steve at WhitesCreek already said pretty much everything I was thinking below, and he said it better.

I will add a couple of things. Ford probably ran the best campaign in the modern history of Tennessee politics to make this race close. I don't think anyone would have expected this back when Kurita dropped out of the primary. I know I didn't.

Turnout was key, for both sides -- low turnout for Democrats, and big turnout for Republicans. Republicans had an extra hurdle because many in their ranks are dissatisfied with the current crop in D.C. and either crossed over or abstained. But the well-oiled GOP machine worked, as usual. The anti-gay marriage amendment probably helped, too. 6% higher Democrat turnout and we'd be celebrating a Ford victory this morning. 10% and we'd be celebrating a landslide.

The mainstream media and the liberal blogs will talk about Tennessee as being a backwoods racist enclave. If they were from here, though, they'd realize that for a black man, from Memphis, named Ford no less, with a ten year Congressional record to defend against a guy with deep pockets and no record, to get nearly 875,000 votes is quite an accomplishment. Not to mention that he's a Democrat running a statewide campaign in Tennessee.

Race was only one "obstacle" to overcome, yet Ford got 150,000 more votes than Clement in 2002, and nearly as many votes as Alexander. There's not much doubt that race played some small role, but only the bigots in the darkest recesses of their poisoned souls know for sure.

So besides turnout and the racist "x" factor, what happened?

Some point to the "Memphis Meltdown". I thought it could go both ways, with the MTV crowd reacting favorably to the "in your face" attitude v. more mature and serious voters being put off by it. In that sense it should have been a wash, but unfortunately the MTV crowd doesn't vote. Anecdotally, I know of at least a couple of R votes that this stunt cost Ford.

The negative attack ads against Ford seemed to be a factor. The nastier they got the better Corker's numbers got in the polls, so everyone generally agrees they work. Maybe Ford should have hit back harder.

And maybe he should have attacked the generic GOP record harder, especially on Iraq and foreign policy, and done a better job of rubber-stamping Corker with it. It worked everywhere else, even against incumbents. I thought Ford was pretty effective on this in the debates, but that was early on and two of them competed with UT football games, so in the end it was all about the ads. (Corker gets credit for his debate strategy.)

And it's too bad we didn't get to talk much about the other issues, because Ford is pretty strong on things that matter to working people such as health care and education.

Ford and his supporters must also wonder if running so hard to the right cost him some votes among the party faithful. I'm guessing it did, but I'm not sure it cost him 50,000 votes. It may have cost the Democrats some turnout, though. His refusal to support the Democratic succssor to his 9th district Congressional seat probably cost him some votes, too.

At any rate, a lot of Democrats (including me) were going along with the program for the greater good of a Congressional majority. There won't be any liberal Democrats elected to statewide office in Tennessee in my lifetime. And as many have noted, when faced with a choice between a faux-Republican and the real deal, Republican voters will go with the real deal every time, and they will get out to the polls.

So I don't think there's any one thing you can point to, except that Ford ran a hell of a campaign and he almost pulled it off against incredible odds. For that, he and his campaign should be proud.

On the bright side, elsewhere we are looking at a majority in the House and we are one recount and a lawsuit away from a majority in the Senate. And who knows? Maybe some of the national attention focused on Harold Ford Jr. in Tennessee helped that effort.

OK, then.

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Wed
Nov 8 2006
09:57 am

Despite being outspent three or four to one, Representative Stacy Campfield won by double digits.

 

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Wed
Nov 8 2006
09:32 am
By: SayUncle  shortURL

Beer.

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Wed
Nov 8 2006
09:28 am
By: WhitesCreek  shortURL

Harold Ford Jr. ran a great race against tremendous odds with a very significant financial disadvantage. I wonder what the actual talley is? hard to count the Swift boat money, NRA money, etc. Regardless, I am saddened by our loss.

Insiders seem to give the Race card a 3-5 point value but I don't think it is quite that big. But, after seeing how close the Virginia Senate Race is, with George Allen being an absolute pig, I think the Gay Marriage Amendment brought out a certain demographic that marches to the same quaint drum. Is that stated delicately enough?

I feel deeply that something has been shown, maybe not to the rest of the country, but to ourselves by the closeness of this race. Bob Corker could not have won on his record or the greater issues in Tennessee. He won on the lingering fear of Tolerance. Remember that racism and bigotry are not embodiments of hate but rather of fear. Can we continue the conversation we in this state have started about erasing our old fears? The Boogie Man will not get us. We will get ourselves if we don't wake up to our ignorance and keep pushing that red button over there.

Tennessee Democrats lost an election but we can recognize that we are part of something bigger. Harold Ford Jr. ran his race on a very inclusive platform, parts of which I don't like, but he tried to bring Tennessee together in spite of our incompatabilities on the surface. We could not come together this time but time screams by and soon it will be next time. We are strengthened and prepared.

We have restored the Two Party System for the moment and that is good for our Nation. For now, there is work to do. Corporations will see this as a mere setback to the "Corporations Good, We the People, Bad" ideology if we don't stay vigilant. So for now...Rest up, take a walk, listen to a lot of music, and come out ready to win hearts and minds.

Peace,

Steve

 

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Wed
Nov 8 2006
09:09 am
By: metulj  shortURL

Via KnoxBlab.

Anyhow, while I feel for his daughter (no kid wants to see their Dad told "Get lost."), this picture is more representative of how America isn't, than anything else. Bennett's pronouncement of a Santorum presidential run floored me with laughter last night.

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Wed
Nov 8 2006
08:56 am

Among those I remember hearing raving about Harold Ford, Jr., some at length, more than once:

Chris Matthews, J.C. Watts, James Carville, Barak Obama, Don Imus.

One CNN reporter did a report on the race and said something to the effect of "Corker won a Senate seat, but Ford has established himself as a political rock star."

Conversely, Corker seems to be damaged goods nationally, especially if he doesn't show more as Senator than he did as candidate. The only commentary I heard about him (other than that he won) was how nasty the campaign was and how much of his own money he spent.

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Wed
Nov 8 2006
07:30 am

In terms of total votes, turnout for the 2006 Tennessee senate race set a new mid-term record at 1,817,786 votes, an increase of 11% over 2002's 1,637,671 votes.

Turnout was 75% of the 2004 presidential election (2,437,280 votes). In comparison, 2002 mid-term turnout for the Tennessee senate race was 79% of the 2000 presidential election.

The race was closer, with Corker 51% v. Ford 48% as compared to Bush 57% v. Kerry 43% in 2004. Apparently Corker is not as popular as Bush in Tennessee and Ford is more popular than Kerry.

But seriously, I wonder if the lower GOP margin is a reflection of growing Republican dissatisfaction with the Bush administration, Republicans in Congress, or both?

And one more footnote: Alexander won with a bigger margin in 2002 at 54% v. Clement's 44%.

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Wed
Nov 8 2006
07:19 am

Here's an interesting tidbit from the Knox Co. breakdown by precinct.

If I'm reading it right, Ford carried the City of Knoxville precincts by 57% to Corker's 42% (24,241 for Ford, 18,041 for Corker, 600 for other).

In Knox County precincts, Corker won 63% to 36% for Ford. Overall, Corker won Knox County by 56% to Ford's 43%.

(These numbers do not include the stranded 2625 votes from the malfunctioning Downtown West counting machine.)

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Wed
Nov 8 2006
07:01 am

We have a three-way tie for the 2006 KnoxViews Political Progrnosticator Award. CBT, Number9, and BrettP all correctly predicted Corker by 3 points. Congratulations to the winners.

There were 19 predictions for Ford and 18 for Corker. The median point spread prediction was 4.5 for Corker and 4 for Ford. Twelve people predicted Ford at 3 or less.

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Wed
Nov 8 2006
03:21 am
By: bill young  shortURL

jr run a helluva of a race

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Wed
Nov 8 2006
03:06 am
By: Bbeanster  shortURL

HFJ made the most remarkable concession speech I can ever recall.

I'd been thinking all day that if he lost, he should think about doing it all over again in two years when Lamar is up for re-election. And lo and behold, he hinted that he's going to try again. That was not a beaten man talking. I don't agree with him on a lot of things, but I really, really like this young man. I think that he is sincere in his religious views, and I think he has uncommon gifts.

Lamar will be 68.
He is not beloved.
He hasn't even said he's running again.
he's another dried-up old Republican who's become a multimillionaire while being a public "servant."

Do it, Junior.
Take the bar exam. You know you didn't really study last time. Practice some law, get a TV gig doing political commentary. Make up with Steve Cohen. Think about settling down with one of those gazillion women who adore you. We'll save our yardsigns, and my dad'll keep the Ford bumper sticker on the back of his truck.

Please.

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Wed
Nov 8 2006
12:06 am

It wasn't walking on water, but Charlie Crist walked on George W. Bush's face when he refused to be seen with him while running to succeed his brother as governor of Florida. It was Republicans like Crist who finally gave the overdue sign from within the party that the President is out of control. Republicans here at KnoxViews have refused to address the many substantive episodes of corruption, law breaking and negligence by the Executive Branch, essentially doing just what Crist did, giving no quarter to a lying theives. Good for them!

A big thank you to Republicans for abandoning your President. You won't regret it. A party can not survive corruption on this scale, and I'm heartened that enough of you recognized the disease and gave the House of Representatives, the chamber with the power to impeach a President, to the Democrats.

And you gave up your Katherine Harris habit! I'm so happy for you guys. 

 

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