We were just trying to figure out Craig Fitzhugh’s quixotic bid to become the next Democrat nominee to be defeated for governor when the candidate himself announced his candidacy and unveiled his campaign’s logo:
WTF? Was the LGBTQXYZ-whatever rainbow flag copyrighted? Did Fitzhugh use an unemployed Fisher-Price graphic designer to come up with this masterpiece? Or maybe he was inspired by the Dippin’ Dots logo? Our guess is that he, like so many Democrats these days, is just so eat up with political correctness that he and his campaign team were trying to come up with something to invoke “diversity.” That is the concept wherein white liberals try to demonstrate they are “woke” to the plight of minorities by virtue-signaling their woke-ness with every utterance without a clue as to what they are talking about.
This, of course, is the reason Donald Trump was elected president.
Speaking of presidents, we could not help looking at the Fitzhugh logo without remembering George H.W. Bush’s reference to his grandchildren as “the little brown ones.” That was when we noticed the Craigster’s logo did not have any brown dots. Or black dots. Oops.
Time to “woke-up” there, Craig.
Note the re-plaid running tights. No one can accuse Boyd of an original idea for a political stunt. But Lamar stole his idea for walking across the state from former Florida Governor “Walkin’ Lawton” Chiles, so we guess we can overlook the political plagiarism.
Overlooking the $250,000 contribution from Boyd to La Raza will take a bigger effort, though.
Run, Senor Randy, Run!
This past week, Lamar Alexander voted against the repeal of Obamacare. He did this even though the bill he voted against WAS THE EXACT SAME BILL that he vote FOR less than two years ago!
When Lamar said he was for repealing Obamacare two years ago he was lying — pure and simple.
What a duplicitous hypocrite. We can’t wait for his expected retirement.
Boyd announces he will run across the state.
Now that we know what Boyd is running for, perhaps we should look at what he is running from.
- $250,000 contribution to an affiliate of a racist organization (La Raza – “The Race”) that trains illegal immigrants for jobs that could go to Americans.
- Supports taxpayer-subsidized tuition for illegal aliens at Tennessee universities.
- Vocal opposition to President Trump — calling his election “an anathema.” (For those like us who went to public schools, we will interpret: calling someone “an anathema” is like calling them a “dirty booger.”)
Run, Randy run! Run for the border.
Harwell launches race for governor and the first question is: “Why?”
So we couldn’t let Beth Harwell’s entry into the Gubernats race without a couple of snarky comments and observations. Since we have been living rent-free inside Beth’s head for the last three years, we figure, why stop now?
Beth is reportedly running her campaign out of the bathroom located just off the floor from the House chamber, where she has demonstrated some of her best leadership qualities. The acoustics in the bathroom are not that great, so we couldn’t make out everything Beth said during her announcement, but we got the gist of her strategy:
- “Support me because I am a woman and Diane Black may get hit by a meteor in the next month and I will be the only woman left in the race, if you don’t count Mae Beavers. Which I don’t.”
- “All that successful leadership I demonstrated with the Jeremy Durham thingy.”
- “Randy Boyd is Hispanic.”
- “If I am not Governor, then I could still be Speaker. Scary, right?
- “It appears I can be outspent by everyone in the race except Mae Beavers and Jeremy Durham.”
If anyone doubts Beth’s viability, just call Ron Ramsey, Tennessee’s newest lobbyist. He’ll tell you all about Beth and the Commode Caucus.
Just don’t forget to flush.
Okay, now they have resorted to just making stuff up and calling it “news.”
In an astonishing article, the politically compromised liberal political reporters at The TennessCNN simply parroted a news release from the state Democratic party chair, Mary “Batshit Crazy” Mancini, in which they voiced dismay that a Tennessee state senator had a private meeting with the U.S. Secretary of Education.
We know, right?
How dare someone meet with anyone on some subject and not invite Mancini and the unwashed hordes of biased reporters into the room! Have they no shame? Somebody get a rope and let’s lynch the offending individuals! Haul in the Russians to see if they know what was said in the meeting! Maybe there is a dossier about urinating prostitutes being circulated by John McCain that can shed some light on the Sen Brian Kelsey/Sec. Betsy DeVos meeting!
What in hell is wrong the people at The TennessCNN? What self-respecting editor would allow this to get past their desk? Have the editors all been downsized? Have the remaining inmates lost all sense of purpose and ethics by publishing this drivel?
The short answer is: “Yes.”
To the numerous tipsters who rudely let us know that our earlier post incorrectly referred to Megan Barry as “Mary” Barry.
Clearly, the word we intended to type was “Mayor.”
Or maybe “moron.”
To all those wonderful people out there in the dark. It is I.
You know, Mary Barry.
It’s downright amazing what our tipsters can find and shove under our door. This latest offering is a hilarious/outrageous example of your tax dollars hard at work.
Seems Mayor Mary Barry just can’t get enough of the camera. In the less than two years she has been in office, she has had 5314 official photos taken of her, and in case you missed any of them, she had all of them posted at nashville.gov. We haven’t seen that many photos taken of one person since our cousin Lula Mae showed up at the family reunion and took her top off.
It’s a wonder Ms. Barry has had time to do her job as mayor, what with all the photo shoots. Even so, we don’t believe the rumors that she has had a catwalk installed in her office so the papprazzi can get a better angle. Meow.
But 5314 photos? Someone alert Cecil B. DeMille.
Mayor Moonbeam is ready for her close-up.
Any wonder why, as compared to Mayor Diva, there are so few photos of Barry’s husband, Bruce? Here’s why:
Good grief, the guy looks like Bernie Sanders’ love child. From his appearance one would think he was a card-carrying fellow traveler of the ACLU and a fuzzy-headed liberal academic left-wing nut.
Oh, wait. He is.
Bob Corker: The 41% Republican.
A few weeks ago, the Tennessee Star commissioned a statewide poll of Republican primary voters. In that poll, Corker’s re-elect was 41% among voters of his own party. The head-to-head matchup between Corker and Cong. Marsha Blackburn was even more revealing. Despite Corker’s 10 years in the Senate and superior statewide name ID, Blackburn was in a statistical dead-heat with Corker. With each getting about 41% of the vote.
Some critics tried to dismiss the poll as an anomaly, trying to pick at its methodology. But the crew here at Rocky Top took time from our three-week summer siestas and consumption of mass quantities of cold beer on Watts Bar Lake to use our collective expertise to analyze the poll. We found its methodology and conclusion compelling and convincing. Still, those trying to whistle past the electoral graveyard repeatedly referred to it as “just one poll” conducted “by some conservative group.”
Then last week the fuzz-head academics at MTSU (definitely not a hot-bed of conservatives) did a poll, focusing on the question of “trust.” And the Republican breakouts of the poll had a couple of startling findings. For one, President Trump was “more trusted” (77%) than Gov. Bill Haslam (58%). Heh. But when Republicans were asked about their level of trust for Sen. Corker, the results were a confirmation of the Tennessee Star poll.
Corker received only a 40% trust rating in the MTSU poll, with only 8% of Republicans saying they “completely trust” Corker. After 10 years, a committee chairmanship, rumors of higher office, etc. Corker can only muster a minority of 40% of Republicans — the almost exact same level for re-electing Corker (41%) the Tennessee Star found in its poll.
- 41% re-elect among Republicans.
- 41% against a credible primary opponent .
- 40% trust rating among Republicans.
Any (credible) person looking for a reason to run successfully against an incumbent senator now has a clear opportunity. Three separate data points on Corker electoral weakness now exist — if a challenger has the sense or the gumption to connect the dots.
And Bob Corker has a big (41%) problem.
Did the Tennessean’s Joel Ebert get punked by Marsha Blackburn?
Just minutes after the Tennessee Star announced it had polling numbers on Sen. Bob Corker’s re-elect (that would shoe he would be in big trouble if he was challenged by Rep. Marsha Blackburn), the intrepid hacks at the Tennessean were hard at work with a slapped-together “exclusive” story that was an apparent attempt to preemptively slap down any rumored challenge to Corker. Here is the Tennessean headline and the link:
“Marsha Blackburn won’t challenge Sen. Corker, will seek re-election.”
So Marsha said she was not going to run against Bob Corker. Stop the presses! Just one problem, though — that’s not what she said.
Blackburn’s only quote in the story was: “I am running for re-election to the House of Representatives. That is my focus.”
Nary a word by blackburn about Corker or a senate race. But that did not keep Ebert extrapolating Blackburn’s brief quote and turned it into a blaring headline and blanket withdrawal from any consideration of running against Bob Corker.
As anyone who has more than ten minutes of experience advising incumbent congressmen on how to answer calls like the one Ebert had with Blackburn, the rules on how to answer such questions about future ambitions from the news media are well-defined. Ebert probably told Blackburn that he had heard she might challenge Bob Corker. Blackburn could have answered in any of the following ways:
- “Why thank you for asking. I have been secretly plotting to challenge an incumbent senator from my own party for some time now, and I had planned to announce in the fall. But just because you asked, I am going to throw away my entire strategy and timetable, violate multiple confidences with supporters, compromise my current position as chairman of a major sub-committee, and spill my guts to you, just because you asked, Joel.”
- “I haven’t made up my mind.” (which of course would incite rampant speculation, generating more stories for the Tennessean).
- “I’m from the planet Mongo, and I have been inhabiting Marsha Blackburn’s body, which of course, makes me an ‘illegal alien.’” To which Ebert undoubtedly would have written the headline: “Blackburn is undocumented citizen. Opposes Trump in building the wall.”
Or, Marsha might have answered exactly the way she did – preserving her options and her timetable despite the Tennessean’s desire for her to blurt out something else.
If Ebert has a recording or typed Shermanesque statement from Blackburn saying she is definitively not running or even considering running for the senate in 2018, then send it to us and we will reprint it and congratulate Ebert on his “scoop.” Until then, Ebert and others would be well-advised to note:
Blackburn’s not running for the senate.
Until she is.