Saturday, January 22, 2011

Comcastic Commandos Kill the Olbermann Show

Countdown with Keith Olbermann, MSNBC's Top Rated Show, abruptly ended last night leaving viewers and guests in a state of shock. One of the guests, Josh Marshall, creator of Talking Points Memo  had been on the show twenty minutes before Keith's announcement of the final show.  He had no inkling any of this would take place.  The crew and Keith were all upbeat and friendly.  Here's part of his piece on it:

I doubt I would have had any heads up or known anything was happening if Olbermann was going to go off the air. But I was a bit more stunned than I might otherwise have been because I was just over there. And I did not have any sense that there was anything any different than normal going on. Everything seemed calm and pretty sedate. I didn't sense anything different in Keith's manner or affect (though it's not like we're tight and I would have been the person to notice.) There were a few more people than I'm used to seeing in the studio -- maybe two or three, seated, who seemed to be there to watch. (Something I don't remember seeing before.) But nothing that made me think twice that anything odd was going on.
I'm sure we'll be hearing soon enough what on earth happened here. But color me stunned. And really disappointed.

It is no secret, there is a merger taking place on Monday between Comcast and NBC (parent company, and that Comcast upper management does not like Keith Olbermann.  MSNBC has already replaced his show with Lawrence O'Donnell and added Cenk Unger to their line -up.  O'Donnell will be pretty good, but Cenk is a disaster.  He's well known at the Daily Kos for being a self-important shill, and a horrible writer.  My friend, Kestrel, did a spoof on Cenk, the gist of it is below, to read the whole thing go to: Obama sucks.-Please-listen-to-my-radio-show.
Wow. this President.
I voted for hope and change.
I didn't get too much change and I'm losing hope.
But I DO hope you will listen to
my radio show
from 6-9a EST Monday through Friday.

Doubtful I will watch Cenk or MSNBC anymore.  Good night and Good luck to Keith Olbermann. 

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

TNDP Chair Race: Chip Leads in Endorsements from Executive Committee

There are four candidates running for TNDP Party Chair - Chip Forrester (current chair),  Wade Munday,  Matt Kuhn, and Gordon Ball.  Last night, we had the party debate.  I thought both Chip and Wade did well.  Matt seemed too negative and aggressive to me.  His tone was intimidating.

 I like that Wade has worked for Boston Children's Hospital, as a fundraiser.  This is a noble and important thing to do, one has to have an enormous amount of empathy and a big heart to do this.  That said, it is much easier to get donations for a well recognized children's hospital that is on the forefront of research, than it is to get Democratic party donations in Tennessee.  The first pulls at your heart and you want to give, plus it is tax deductible.  The latter needs a little more persuading.

I hope Chip and Wade can work together.  I see a bright future for Wade in Tennessee politics.  His age and experience were the main factors against his candidacy.  Both of those things will change and there will be nothing to stand in his way.

As for Chip, my husband and I joined the finance council a year before I even ran for Executive Committee.  We liked that he cared enough to call and visit us.  We were treated with dignity and not as just a Democratic Party checkbook.  Whether one gives the party $5 bucks or $28,000, all deserve respect and their voices heard.  Chip has done this.  I proudly endorse him for Party Chair.  Here is the letter I received a short while ago, I snipped off the end of it, just gave the important parts.

Dear State Executive Committee Members:

I am honored and proud to have the support of the Executive Committee members listed below.  In addition to these public supporters, I have 4 additional members of the Executive Committee who have pledged to vote for me on January 8th but have asked their names not be publicized until the election on Saturday.  I am deeply honored to have these 42 members of the Executive Committee’s support for my reelection.

Executive Committee Members Endorsement List:
Mike Hampton, District 1; Linda & Bruce Dotson, District 2;  Richard Dawson, District 5; Sylvia & Harold Woods, District 6; Barbara Wagner & Dan Lawson, District 8; Sally Love, District 9; Chantelle Roberson and Chris Anderson, District 10; Sandra Lusk & Terry Lee, District 11; Guy Derryberry, District 13; Dr. Geeta McMillan & Dennis Gregg, District 15; Kristen Cullen District 16; Mary Patterson & David Harper, District 17; Jeanette Jackson & Bill Bassett, District 18; Inez Crutchfield & Jerry Maynard, District 19; Angelia Cannon, District 20;  Kim Smith & Keith Jackson, District 22;  Elisa Parker & Jonathan Faill, District 23;  Paige Burcham-Carlton, District 24;  Martha Shepard &  Richard Dunavant, District 25;  Mike Kiddy, District 26; Gale Jones Carson & Jay Bailey, District 28;  Joyce Adams, District 29;  Hazel Moore, District 33;  Ex-Officio Members: Sonja Fox, President, Tennessee Federation of Democratic Women; Rep. Mike Turner, House Democratic Caucus Chair

This letter is in direct conflict with Doug Horne's.  Mr. Horne's letter is below and I have put in bold a couple of notable things that rubbed me the wrong way.  His tone turned me off completely.  

Good morning Democrats!!

Hope all is as well as possible and you enjoyed the holidays. We look forward to seeing you this friday and saturday for the TNDP meetings. 

Matt Kuhn is having a reception from 7:00-9:00 pm on friday evening at the Pinnacle room atop the Sheraton Hotel on Union St,  a block from the party offices. You are most certainly invited, come and enjoy the party!!

It looks like Matt has the votes to win the Chairman race. With Justin Walling endorsing Matt and casting his votes to him and I think Wade Munday will do the same thing before the vote on saturday afternoon, Matt Kuhn will be the next Chair of the party, with your vote and your help.  

I sure think this is good; because the house caucus chair Representative Mike Turner and senate caucus chair Senator Lowe Finney, most all bigger donors to the party and 6 ex Chairs of the party(including me), Governor Bredesen, Congressman Cooper, Tanner, Davis, Gordon and Congressman Clement and most all elected democratic candidates and certainly the defeated candidates( 15 in the house and senate) want a new face, a fresh start as our TNDP Chairman on Jan 8th. 

Also we are out of money in the party and the major contributors tell us they are not going to contribute to the party funds, if we don't have a new Chair. 

I look forward to seeing you on friday evening at Matt Kuhn's reception atop the Sheraton and on saturday for the Chair vote. 

Be safe in your travels to Nashville. Let's start a new chapter in our Tennessee Democratic Party, that is well funded and do something different and be bold and courageous and "Elect Democrats for a Change!!! "

Doug Horne
Past Chair of the TNDP
Knoxville businessman.

Monday, January 3, 2011

A little rant about adjectives, nouns and the TNDP

Over the past two months, I've received many letters from candidates who wish to be Tennessee's Democratic Party Chair. A few of the letters have contained an improper and egregious error stating  "the Democrat message" and  "Democrat Party".  Democratic is an adjective and should be used.  An adjective is something that modifies a noun. A noun is a person, place, thing or idea. In this case, Democratic describes the Party and message. A Democrat is a noun.  Why am I explaining all this?  Isn't this basic?

Republican is both an adjective and a noun.  Again, this is basic but the underlying message is a candidate who wants to be Party Chair should know this.  If I have to tell this to a Party Chair candidate, should they even be our Party Chair? How will someone be our messenger when they make ignorant mistakes like this?  They would sound like George Bush and that is totally unacceptable.

As Wiki states: "Democrat Party" is a political epithet used in the United States instead of "Democratic Party" when talking about the Democratic Party.[1] The term has been used by conservative commentators and members of the Republican Party in party platforms, partisan speeches and press releases since 1940.[2]
When Democrats chose to use this, they are repeating Republican smears of our Party.  It is similar to using dog whistle politics meaning the usage of coded words that only certain groups can hear.  It may not be offensive to the general population, but to some, in this case Democrats, it is a slur.  So why would a person who wants to be Chair of the Democratic Party do such a thing?  Are they ignorant or purposefully demeaning us?  Either choice does not strike me as a palatable option.

Last summer, I heard Congressman Lincoln Davis say "Democrat Party" and I just cringed.  It is ridiculous for him  to talk like that.  Also, it shows how much time he spent listening to Republican talking points versus the Democratic talking points.

The use of Democrat Party has been banned at NPR.  Chris Matthew's of Hard Ball took exception to both Sarah Palin and Rep. Darrell Issa's use of the term and chided them for it.  It is easy to understand why those two polarizing Republicans would engage in such puerile antics, but it isn't easy for me to understand why Democrats would do such a thing.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

My questions for the TNDP Party Chair Debate

I'm a newbie on the Executive Committee for the TNDP, so I have kept an open mind about all the candidates.  They are all fine gentlemen and have their hearts in the right place to help our Democratic Party.  There will be a debate on Monday night put on by fellow Executive Committeeman Brad Parish, 12th District.   It is open to the public.  I invite everyone to watch, by going here to TN Debates

We were invited to submit questions, since I know very little about the history and sides of the candidates, my questions were pretty basic, they are:

What does being a Democrat mean to you?

What is your position about a 95 county strategy?  If you support it, how would you implement it?

If you are not chosen as Party Chair, will you still support and work with the elected Chair?  Will you continue to support both financially and through boots on the ground the TNDP?  Will you strive for unity through continuing support of the Chair?

The TNDP has seen a steady decline for the last decade, including Vice President Al Gore's loss, the House, the Senate and Congressional Seats.   What do you think are the factors for this?  How would your leadership change this direction?