The editorial page of the Jackson Sun appears to be a liberal island amidst a sea of conservatives. But isolated fuzzy-headed liberals can get at little, well, fuzzy-headed when they attempt to vilify conservatives as just political hacks with impure motives.
While attempting to go after Rep. Rick Womick for his comments about Haslam’s targeting fellow sitting Republicans, the Jackson Sun led with this beauty:
“…the article on Womick’s comments we saw by The Associated Press presented no evidence that Haslam had any hand in directing what his supporters did.”
No evidence? Really? A cursory examination of the state’s Election Registry (accessible by editors, reporters and 3rd graders from anywhere in the world) would reveal that some of Haslam’s biggest contributors as well as a key fundraiser and direct mail consultant (who works closely with the governor’s chief adviser, Tom Ingram) were directly responsible for the attacks. These aren’t just benign “supporters” carrying out some rogue operation. It would take a naïve idiot to believe or assert that Haslam’s hands were clean. Yet that is exactly what the Jackson Sun editors would have you believe.
In a subsequent article by reporter Andrea Zelinski, Haslam himself danced around her questions: “[Haslam] stopped short of denying any involvement the group.” Would the junior Woodward & Bernsteins at the Sun care to ask the obvious appropriate question formulated years ago by Howard Baker: “What did the Governor know and when did he know it?” Don’t hold your breath.
Weasel words from the administration have only served to fan the flames of resentment among many, perhaps most, of the GOP caucus members. The governor and his chief of staff need to stop squirming around the questions and own up to their political miscalculation and to try and restore at least some of their squandered trust by guaranteeing this will not happen again. Not sure if anyone in the legislature would believe them right now, but it would be a start.
For good measure, the Sun added this:
“People within political parties must be free to disagree on issues without worrying about their standing within the party … They must be free to vote their conscience without fear of retribution from their own party.”
Despite the Sun’s bloviating about “voting their conscience,” voting their conscience on Common Core appears to be precisely what generated the retribution of attacks on Republican legislators by their own “Republican” governor and his allies and staff. Anyone else see the inanity of the Sun’s line of reasoning?
We will end with one last gem from the libs at the Sun:
“Members of both political parties in [Nashville] must ditch the idea that someone is the enemy if they aren’t in lockstep on every issue.”
Yeah, Governor. If we didn’t know better, one would think they were talking about you.