Looking At 2010

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.

I also think that has been corrected some, thank goodness.

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.

7 comments for “Looking At 2010

  1. Kat
    April 7, 2009 at 9:23 am

    In no way is this my fight, and I realise that. Since I’ve only paid a modicum of attention I don’t even know what all of the fight is about.

    But I promise you this is the quickest way for Democrats in the state of Tennessee to stay out of power.

    The one thing that you must do is to replace the Old Guard. And that’s probably the one thing you can’t do. These men (and women) are politics the Old Old Way. That’s how they like it, and like any forest animal they know no other way to live. While the rest of you are fighting for ideals and goals, the Old Guard is fighting for its way of life.

  2. newscoma
    April 7, 2009 at 9:25 am

    Kat, I think you just hit it on the head perfectly.

  3. April 7, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    It is pretty frustrating and it makes my poor head hurt. I don’t know what all the infighting is for.

  4. April 8, 2009 at 10:16 am

    It’s a spitfest. I don’t even know any of the parties to any degree, but I’m a Democrat reading water in a sea of Republicans and am embarrassed to associate with my own party. I doubt I’m the only one. The fundraising complaints are a joke under the circumstances. The first months following a successful presidential election that outspent the GOP, in the midst of an economy gone to hell and an in-house spitfest to boot? Who on this side of reality thinks that ball of wax = donations? Get real.

  5. April 8, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Oops. TReading water…. not reading it. :-)

  6. newscoma
    April 8, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    That’s what it seems like to me, VR. Although I must say I enjoyed reading water. 😉

    I think you are right on about that.

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