I admit my confusion about so many people around the state being upset about Chip Forrester although I have been vocal when I disagree with the TNDP. I have to say that my main complaint was communicating to geographically challenged areas such as the one I live in and other parts of the state.
But as Stephen Ross writes, I do think we are missing out as a party by fighting about things so much. I predicted a couple of years ago that certain aspects of the state’s Democratic party were imploding and I hate to say that I guess I was right to a degree, as much as I hate to admit that.
But the big question is, what is the solution. Yeah, we know all the problems but what is next? And, is two months enough?
The thing that everyone needs to realize is that WE’RE ALL DEMOCRATS, from Bredesen right down the line to little ole inconsequentional me. This whole thing is about an old guard trying to hold on to something they walked away from when they made a decision to demonize rather than work for the good of Democrats across the state. The new guard is stepping up, and doing the best they can, but the truth of the matter is that if we don’t all work together, we’ll miss a generation of Democrats in this state.
Honestly, I’m so tired of it all that it makes my mind swirl. As Stephen addresses, aren’t we all in this together?
I guess not.
I admit that I’ve wanted to participate in the conference calls with Forrester as well, but the timing in regards to the job haven’t been ideal. No one’s fault, but it is a reality.
I’m sitting in my recliner with a mighty recurrence of bronchitis today, checking up on the debate and I can’t help wonder what those who are so anti-TNDP right now want? I’m not drinking Kool-Aid here, I just don’t really know what the request for who wins here is. What do folks want to win? Is there a trophy?
Or do we just hand redistricting over to the GOP because our common objective has been lost. It’s not about Chip Forrester, Bill Freeman or anyone else.
It’s about the party which has made a tons of mistakes, no doubt, for years, not just in the last couple of months.
And people are coming out for, and against, which is fine I guess but we have bigger fish to fry.
Because at this point, there are no winners. You can look at our current legislation in the state of Tennessee and see that. So we watch the fireworks with a bucket of popcorn while bad bills get swept through the General Assembly.
I honestly have no words …
My biggest question, from which I guess there is no sound answer as it is mired in ideology more than anything else, is this:
Do we want the Good Old Boy network that we have had for generations, do we want new ideas with new passion or is there a place to meet in the middle?
Any way you look at it, all of this can’t be good for 2010 as redistricting is closer than you might think.