The Gray Sasser Rant

Aunt B., GoldnI and Sean have all talked about the Tennessee Democratic Party and its head poobah, Gray Sasser with his lack of effectiveness in the recent election. As vile as Bill Hobbs can be at times, he did his job and that is he has secured an already conservative state legislature more power to make potential changes that I’m probably not going to be a happy camper about.

I wrote an open letter on Sept. 11 here giving Sasser sage advice. Alas, he never calls, he never writes. Let me say this, I received dozens of emails after that post from strong, faithful democrats who were feeling just as disenfranchised by Sasser as some of the folks here in Hoots.

So let me say this once again because I’m ready to get back to my zombie story for NaNoWriMo. Tennessee, obviously, was not an Obama state when it came to voting nor was it blue.

Hobbs takes the hits for the TNGOP. As some of us watch from the sidelines with our head in our hands, he does it by keeping it out there. He keeps a message in the public eye at all times, no matter how wrong it may be. If you are calling Barack Obama by his middle name, Hobbs is partly responsible for that. I do not agree with him in the least, but on the other hand, the General Assembly is red right now and he helped get it that way. Hobbs’ ego is legendary. The difference between Hobbs and Sasser, however, is that Hobbs was on task this election and Sasser was not.

And we told him. Members of the blogosphere told him. In the non-virtual world, phone calls from people I know were sent to his office asking for help in the election and were ignored because we weren’t glamorous or hip enough (my observation at least). Sasser effectively blew us off. Repeatedly.

Was Sasser drinking cinnamon lattes looking toward his beloved Washington, where he obviously wants to be, thinking “Dang, if I can just get through this election then I can hang out with Obama and Rahm Emanuel in DC?”

As I have been critical of Sasser before, allow me a moment to be critical again. Gray, if you get outplayed by Hobbs and company, that’s pathetic. The nation voted in Barack Obama.

You did nothing to help that and it showed in the final tally for the state.

Aunt B. isn’t letting the Governor out of this either. Of course we will be saying Gov. Ron Ramsey in about two years but Bredesen’s ego will send him on another task to take on the world as a republican dressed in democrat’s Armani suit. I digress.

I want to head back to Sasser. 40,000 people at the Soybean Festival and no TNDP presence. I go back to a conversation that I had with a couple of politicians who pontificated that the TNDP just didn’t see value regarding our location in the state.

Seventy percent of this county voted. 66 percent voted here in this county for McCain, however the local branch of the College Democrats took to the streets Tuesday night. You could have helped them but they did it on their own. Remember, one reason why Obama won is his campaign reached out to those voters who in the past were unreachable.

And you were advised to do that as well but apparently you were running the TNDP like it was still 1988.

I’m ranting so I’ll stop but I’m thinking right now, Mr. Sasser, that your party gave you a shot. Give the job to someone with passion for the party and not an opportunist like yourself.

I’ve always been told it’s better to be a kingmaker than a king. I’m thinking Sasser wants to be a king and that just doesn’t jive in his line of work. On another note, I’m betting Sasser doesn’t want to meet Jimmy Naifeh in a dark alley anytime soon because I have a feeling an asswhupping is going to take place.

16 comments for “The Gray Sasser Rant

  1. November 6, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    If you ever decide to switch to the LP you will have a field day with their incompetence!

  2. Andy Axel
    November 6, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    I well remember 2004 when local Kerry volunteers were paying for yard signs out of their own pockets because DCDP and TDP wouldn’t fund them. (Sasser wasn’t in charge at the time – I think it was Randy Button, one of Bredesen’s own.)

    I recall that year when the Music Row Democrats were formed and were doing lively, high-viz, and fun events like the whole Kerry-Oke thing, where people like Raul Malo, Emmylou Harris, Bekka Bramlett, Maura O’Connell, Rodney Crowell, Allison Moorer, and John Kay volunteered their time to belt out a few tunes so the local D’s could raise some coin.

    I recall reading interviews as early as Feb 2004 with our esteemed governor saying that Tennessee was not in play for Kerry, and that the volunteers in the Volunteer State were wasting their time.

    Then leading up to the election, Bredesen said:

    “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, it was bad for Tennessee legislative races.

    Apparently now that Obama has won, that was bad for Tennessee legislative races as well.

  3. Andy Axel
    November 6, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    Give the job to someone with passion for the party and not an opportunist like yourself.

    Who’ve we had in the last several years? Randy Button, Jim Hester, Bob Tuke, Gray Sasser? ::sigh::

  4. newscoma
    November 6, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Absolutely, Andy. The TNDP needs restructuring immediately although I don’t see that happening in the least.

  5. November 6, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    It’s always the same good ole boy crowd in Nashville running the show. As FUBAR as we seem to be here in Memphis, I douibt we could do any worse.

  6. November 6, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    You’re right, Newscoma. The Democratic leadership in this state is awful. If you’re essentially touting the competitor’s product, why should anyone buy your brand?

  7. November 6, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    “Who’ve we had in the last several years? Randy Button, Jim Hester, Bob Tuke, Gray Sasser? ::sigh::”

    On the mark as usual, Andy.

    We have the biggest losers in the Democratic party in our state.
    Not to mention some of the dumbest voters on the planet.

    Not one Tuke ad here in TN-1. I saw not one.
    That clown didn’t even try to beat Lamar. One thing us TN bloggers need to do is join forces, outline our domestic agenda in a comprehensive fashion, and ride these Republican and Depublican clowns every day of their lives.

    Unfortunately, our state came out worse off than the rest of the country and these Blue-Dogshit Bredesen types are part of the reason.
    I’m not afraid to lay into Mumpower, Ramsey, Lundberg and the rest of the crap from my area. Who else is willing to get a little vicious with their locals?

    Tennesseans will continue to suffer at the hands of these greed driven Pigs. We gotta turn it up a notch. We have two years to do it.

  8. November 6, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    LWC! :)

    At least you cats retained Cohen for us and he is the only light we have in the Tennessee darkness. You did a great job all these years, bro’. I know we can count on you to turn up the pressure.

    Thanx for all you’ve done.

  9. November 6, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    Yeah, I gotta admit Tennessee is going the wrong direction. Click “Voting shifts” on this map.

  10. November 6, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    Thanx, LL. Good linkage.

  11. November 6, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    You’re doing NaNoWriMo??? Dang!! I wish I’d known. I toyed with the idea (which I do every year) but decided between the election and a big trip at the end of the month plus Thanksgiving, November was the WORST month for me to try to take this challenge.

    Best of luck to you! Aw who am I kidding, you’re probably busy writing instead of blogging! Good for you!

  12. saraclark
    November 7, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    Gah don’t get me started on him.

    I would suggest doing a timeline on Gray Sasser, between his formative years in DC with Dad, ambassadorships, education, etc and see just how much time he has ever even spent in TN. Not much, even Al Gore could come closer to trying to pass himself off as a native son.

    Time will tell on this whole crew anyways.

  13. Andy Axel
    November 7, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    At least you cats retained Cohen for us and he is the only light we have in the Tennessee darkness

    Uh, wasn’t Cohen running unopposed?

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