Rep. Mike Turner
Rep. Gary Odom
If you are a democrat and live in this very long, cigar-shaped state where it takes a day to travel that 440 miles from the west side over to the tip of the east to Virginia’s border, we saw our state house caucus show a bit of piss and vinegar in the last two days.
Although denials would come from the powers-that-be in the bubble, which Nashville can be with our legislators at times, what appeared to be disorganization from the outside for quite a long time, what democrats in this state saw yesterday was the first time in what seems like a month of Sundays, that elected officials with (D) behind their names finally join together.
We will get to our dump truck of morning linkage in a moment, but the caucus might want to know that on and offline yesterday the conversation with state bloggers was “About damn time” and with the progressives that STP spoke to and read, the caucus led by Rep. Mike Turner and Rep. Gary Odom finally got a huge thumbs up. Sure, it irritated the right, but you know, that’s okay. House Leadership finally didn’t let the conversation be dominated by the GOP and backed comments Turner up with facts about the dialogue on race that has been set by the right with facts, which Kleinheider exhaustively and accurately listed late yesterday afternoon.
Let’s hit what bloggers had to say last night with a bit of commentary.
Here’s what I wonder, and would ask of those who are horribly outraged by the suggestion that some (note: not all) of the people protesting Obama are racist. It’s a question that’s been asked many times before, but bears repeating in light of the latest round of conservative hand-wringing. Let’s say I take y’all at your word, that there’s absolutely no racism whatsoever involved in any of the opposition to Obama, that it’s only because you don’t like a big federal government or government spending. The tea parties are in response to that, not to Obama specifically.
Aunt B. dug it. When the House democrats bury the hatchet, they can be more powerful than they even probably new.
Now, in order to really savor what comes next, you must understand that the rumors about the feud between Gary Odom and Mike Turner have approached legendary status. So, I’m sure that when the Republicans called on Odom to denounce Turner, they thought they were laying too tempting a piece of bait out for Odom to resist.
But what happened?
Odom just f***** rocks it. F*****g rocks it.
I like it. It’s nice to see Democrats with a little swagger and on the offense.
Liberadio takes it a step further and hopes Rep. Turner keeps it up.
If I were Turner, I’d take it all one step further. The rash of states’ rights and state sovereignty bills introduced in Tennessee by Republicans isn’t because we “have a black man elected president.” It’s because some people don’t like a black man telling them what to do. Can’t you just feel them bristle?
Recent events illustrate that Devaney’s shock is disingenuous. Because yes, Tennessee’s Republican delegation may not necessarily be the people who are riled up by Barack Obama’s leadership role, but they most definitely are pandering to the people who are …
Jeff Woods explains that when Rep. Jason Mumpower demanded an apology at a press conference, he didn’t expect questions to be, oh I don’t know, questions, and called the press conference over. We are revisiting that moment this morning because it was the second catalyst that started the on-going battle. If you haven’t read Woods observation, you should.
Mumpower demanded an apology from Turner and he demanded that Democratic Party chairman Chip Forrester denounce Turner, and he demanded that House Democratic leader Gary Odom do it too. State GOP chairman Chris Devaney also made a few demands in a letter to Forrester.
When he was asked about the tea party protesters who heckled and spit at Democratic House members, including various civil rights icons, over the weekend in Washington, Mumpower called an abrupt end to his big media event and walked briskly out of the room.
Finally, Your Liberal Friends comments about the events and brings up the realities for Rep. Mike Turner and House Majority Leader Gary Odom who are running for re-election this year.
The truth isn’t popular, and neither are running unopposed this fall. They came out swinging anyway.
It’s not enough for me to talk until I’m hoarse about what kind of Democrat I want in office. I have to support them when they’re there.
State law bars legislators from fundraising during the legislative session. It does not bar me from giving to the county party that will be on the ground this fall ensuring that Chairman Turner and Leader Odom are reelected. So that is what I did as I was able, and what I will do as I am able, every time Tennessee Democrats refuse to back down in a tough situation.
Thank you, gentlemen. This blogger has your back.
As Faint Gray Lines said, Odom, Turner and the rest of the leadership named or unnamed came out swinging, which was the shot in the arm that many democrats needed. It reminded me of a basketball game to a large degree because politics is about strategy and knowing what you have to do to get the team invested back in the game. House democrats proved yesterday that although they have had underdog status for quite awhile, they decided to not lie down and the let the other team beat the tar out of them. They came out and put several points on the scoreboard.
It’s not over. Feelings were hurt, eyes were bloodied, and the game is still on.
Let’s hope that the House Leadership keeps hitting those 3-pointers because those watching the game were pleased to see that the recent tactics of the GOP in this state doesn’t go unchecked. Glad to see our guys guarding the goal and chunking in a few points to boot.
A team only works in the players work together.