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Lamar Alexander Fishing for Distraction from Amnesty Vote
RedState ^ | July 5th, 2013 at 05:03 PM | : Daniel Horowitz

Posted on 07/05/2013 5:20:06 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn

What happens when you bring a Lamar Alexander to a Chuck Schumer fight? He turns around and becomes a weapon for Chuck Schumer and his allies, albeit an ineffective one.

In 2007, before running for a second term, Alexander rightfully noted that “to regain the public’s confidence, we ought to scale it back and fix the problem step-by-step by absolutely securing our borders first, then enforcing our laws without amnesty.” Now, after years of voting for more spending, higher taxes, more debt, expanded government healthcare, massive energy regulations and subsidies, and liberal judicial nominees, the former third ranking Senate Republican has become a Chuck Schumer Republican. He led the fight, along with Bob Corker, to push a fledgling amnesty-first bill across the finish line.

Naturally, his constituents in Tennessee – a state where Obama lost 91 of 95 counties – are not too happy with him. So he’s going up on the air with a $180,000 media campaign featuring Rand Paul. What is he touting? His fishing bill:

In an apparent effort to boost conservative support, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) has launched his first TV ad campaign of the 2014 cycle with a spot featuring footage of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) that touts a measure Alexander spearheaded to protect fishing access.

“We don’t want a government that’s strong enough to make our lives risk-free. We can do that for ourselves,” says Alexander in the ad, which touts his work to pass a measure that placed a two-year moratorium on efforts to restrict fishing access in certain areas in the state.

The spot includes footage of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who co-sponsored the measure, saying: “Nobody wants to say no to Lamar Alexander.”

Fish? Really? After voting for mass amnesty and new red tape on ICE agents with the hollow promise of enforcement 10 years from now, I don’t think we will have to worry about free fishing. The entire country will be voting like California, and fishing will be the least of our problems.

Besides, it’s a bit amusing to hear him speak of a risk-free society when he voted for the bailouts and against eliminating government subsidies of energy. Then again, he was one of the few Republicans to vote against a resolution disapproving of Obama’s job killing Utility MACT regulations that would ostensibly shut down coal-fired power plants. A born-again free marketer indeed.

Yes, we are impressed that he raised $2 million from his special interest friends. But there are diminishing returns to how much love money can buy you in a conservative state with high-information voters. A few corny ads about fishing certainly won’t ameliorate his record as a Schumer Republican.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: alexander; cino; joecarr; lamaralexander; michaelpatrickleahy; reelection; scamster; tennessee
It's almost a coin flip whether I'd rather see Grahamnesty go down next year or Lame Alexander. This guy (Lame) approves the most leftist judges sent up by Hussein, votes for virtually every Big Government program that comes down the pike, then votes for mass amensty/destruction of America.

And a 2 year moratorium of fishing in certain areas is going to make it O.K.?

Please, Lord, deliver us from this political cross-dressing, patrician, John Kerry want-to-be.

Please, FReepers, if a decent primary opponent comes forward against Lame, contribute what you can to retire this waste of space. My gag reflex cannot take another 6 years of destruction by both Dhimms and Big Government Republicans like Lame Alexander.

1 posted on 07/05/2013 5:20:06 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn
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To: SharpRightTurn

Lamar needs to be priamaried.


2 posted on 07/05/2013 5:36:00 PM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: SharpRightTurn

Any real Conservative would probably be in favor of allowing people to fish AND be against things like the amnesty bill, time to dump alexander along with graham. I voted for alexander when I was a Tennessee resident, don’t believe I could do it again.


3 posted on 07/05/2013 6:09:46 PM PDT by duffee (NO poll tax, NO tax on firearms, ammunition or gun safes. NO gun free zones.)
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To: SharpRightTurn

The *only* reason I voted for him last time was because I was hoping that the current pres__ent wouldn’t have a 60 vote majority in the senate. Now, I don’t care. I will vote democrat next time if he isn’t primaried.


4 posted on 07/05/2013 7:03:46 PM PDT by Grammy (He frustrates the devices of the crafty, so that they cannot carry out their plans. Job 5:12)
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To: SharpRightTurn

Alexander should sponsor an anti flag burning bill.

Yeah, that’s the ticket.


5 posted on 07/05/2013 7:17:24 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: SharpRightTurn

” massive energy regulations and subsidies,”

I’ve not seen his tv ads, but he is flooding radio with a BS ad touting a bill that encourages “renewable cheap” energy. I want to puke every time I hear that tax happy aholes name. Too bad that he won’t be opposed in a primary by a viable candidate and will be re-elected.


6 posted on 07/05/2013 7:20:31 PM PDT by Figment
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To: duffee

” I voted for alexander when I was a Tennessee resident, don’t believe I could do it again.”

I held my nose and voted for him against Ford jr, but won’t vote for him again under any circumstance


7 posted on 07/05/2013 7:23:37 PM PDT by Figment
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To: Figment

Or Corker either


8 posted on 07/05/2013 7:26:26 PM PDT by Figment
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To: Figment

Whose gonna step up to the plate who can win?


9 posted on 07/05/2013 7:50:52 PM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: SharpRightTurn

“The spot includes footage of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who co-sponsored the measure, saying: “Nobody wants to say no to Lamar Alexander.”


Rand Paul turns out to be a 4-star bust. Oh well.


10 posted on 07/05/2013 7:57:18 PM PDT by PaleoBob
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To: DIRTYSECRET

“Whose gonna step up to the plate who can win?”

No one on the radar at this point. Alexander will carry east and middle TN no matter who they throw at him. West TN will go dem because of Memphis. East TN is die hard rep, but they are lib rep


11 posted on 07/05/2013 8:25:49 PM PDT by Figment
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To: SharpRightTurn

I live in TN and if Lamar is the nominee, I’ll not vote for Senator.


12 posted on 07/05/2013 10:07:02 PM PDT by packrat35 (Admit it! We are almost ready to be called a police state!)
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To: PaleoBob

Paul has always supported illegals so it is no surprise he loves Lamar.


13 posted on 07/05/2013 10:08:29 PM PDT by packrat35 (Admit it! We are almost ready to be called a police state!)
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To: SharpRightTurn
Both TN Senators, Alexander and Corkers are RINOs to the core.

Thankfully, TN Congressional Representative Diane Black has a totally opposite view regarding AMNESTY.

14 posted on 07/05/2013 10:43:34 PM PDT by VideoDoctor
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To: SharpRightTurn

Lay-mar is such a disgrace and an incentive to form a third party and bury this one party system.


15 posted on 07/06/2013 4:39:19 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: SharpRightTurn

TN gave us the Gores.


16 posted on 07/06/2013 4:53:07 AM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: SharpRightTurn

Add corker to the list, he voted yes too.

Senile old fool needs to resign, I know we will get another moderate out of the moderate governor, but he may be scared enough to want to keep the job and vote more conservative than the senile old fool in the plaid shirt.


17 posted on 07/06/2013 5:31:49 AM PDT by GailA (THOSE WHO DON'T KEEP PROMISES TO THE MILITARY, WON'T KEEP THEM TO U!)
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To: SC_Pete; fieldmarshaldj

Marsha blackburn could have that seat....

Not sure what’s stopping her

I’ll ask someone watche local pols better than me


18 posted on 07/09/2013 12:32:10 AM PDT by wardaddy (the next Dark Ages are coming as Western Civilization crumbles with nary a whimper)
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To: SharpRightTurn

This assclown Alexander is one scumbag that HAS to go. I really hope there is SOMEBODY capable of primarying Alexander out.


19 posted on 07/09/2013 12:42:39 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: wardaddy; GailA; SC_Pete; Lancey Howard; Clintonfatigued; BillyBoy; AuH2ORepublican; Impy

Lamar! is no babe in the woods. He learned at the foot of Nixon. Tactically-speaking, he did something brilliant. He essentially got EVERY Republican official of note (and the money people) to back him, and in doing so has headed off any potential challenger that has the means to defeat him. Now, if he had to play dirty, he could do that, too. Since we have WIDE open primaries, an abomination if there ever was, he can have Democrats flood in to vote to halt any Conservative threat (or fund a ringer if need be, a purpose Van Hilleary served in ‘06 in the Corker-Bryant primary). Corker has done the same thing. Both are the poster boys for closed primaries.

The irony is that Lamar! is a rank hypocrite who stated in his own book, “Two terms and OUT !” Well, kids, he served his two, and it’s time to take what will be (in January 2015) his nearly 75-year old ass out of the Senate. Other than by retirement or death, it’s going to be near impossible to blast either of those two phony, smirking RINOs out of their seats. As for me, I will not rubber stamp their treachery. I voted for Lamar! once in 2002 (only in the general), since I didn’t want my Democrat Congressman (Bob Clement) as Senator. He did not earn my vote in 2008. I voted once for Corker (again, only in the general), because I didn’t want Junior Ford in the Senate. I voted for Corker’s Democrat opponent in 2012 who ran to Corker’s right on social issues (the Dems wrote their guy off as a right-wing “hater”).


20 posted on 07/09/2013 3:38:57 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; AuH2ORepublican; wardaddy

You should have voted third party. That rat Clayton is conspiracy theory kook and Paulbot who was “undecided” on whether he was voting for Obama, despite being conservative on “some” issues.

“Ron Paul Democrat” is not my cup of tea.


21 posted on 07/09/2013 4:03:50 AM PDT by Impy (Bring back the spoils system.)
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To: Impy

He didn’t have the most remote chance of winning. Purely a protest vote on my behalf. What was astonishing is that Clayton managed to carry Shelby County (Memphis) by 8% (and nearby Black majority Haywood, the only two counties he carried). Proves that Blacks will vote for ANY Democrat on the ballot, almost regardless of ideology. Corker carried my county of Davidson-Nashville, but by a narrow plurality, with some White liberals breaking for a Green candidate that deprived Clayton of a win.


22 posted on 07/09/2013 4:14:51 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I know he couldn’t win but would you wanted to him to win? I certainly wouldn’t have.


23 posted on 07/09/2013 4:26:57 AM PDT by Impy (Bring back the spoils system.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Did the TN rats official back the Green? If you don’t put the word to the robots (Black voters) they just stick with their default programming, what else would they do?


24 posted on 07/09/2013 4:31:14 AM PDT by Impy (Bring back the spoils system.)
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To: Impy

Would I have wanted him to win ? As an academic exercise, it would’ve been curious to see what he would’ve done. I enjoy electing people who are the fly in the proverbial ointment, the pain in the ass (now I’m quoting Detective John McClane) to the political establishment. The kind of Democrat I would vote for is highly unlikely to ever be nominated... and if they are, they would never win a general election.

As for TN Dems endorsing the Green over Clayton, they wouldn’t have openly done that (unless he’d done something really horrid, in which case, they’d have forced him off the ballot). I think White liberal voters (in Nashville, to be precise), some clearly decided to vote for Corker and for the hard-core left, for the Green nominee (I believe nearly all of his votes came from this county, he got 4%).

As you can see, here’s a comparison in that same election:

Davidson County - 2012
(D) Zero
143,120

(D) Clayton
105,631

(R) Willard
97,622

(R) Corker
111,176

You can see that at least 10% of Zero’s voters went to Corker. But about 25,000 chose not to vote for either in the Senate race (of which about 8,000 voted Green).

Shelby County/Memphis - 2012

(D) Zero
232,443

(D) Clayton
181,253

(R) Willard
135,649

(R) Corker
152,612

Here again, you can see around 6 or 7% of Zero voters went to Corker. However, you’ll also notice the numbers don’t add up. While just under 370,000 cast votes for the two leading Presidential candidates, 10% boycotted the Senate race (with only 1% voting for the Green).

So obviously faced with the choices, Democrat Presidential voters stuck with their nominee with a majority of their vote, but with that last quarter of the vote, chose either to vote for Corker or boycott, with the smallest group voting Green.

If the Dems had nominated someone more ideologically to their liking, such as the moonbat actress Park Overall, she probably would’ve taken Davidson County, but unlikely that the Dems would’ve won more than just those three aforementioned counties (and add to that, Overall had no money for her candidacy, a problem that plagued all of the primary candidates). Clayton primarily won because his name was first alphabetically on the primary ballot, which was good for giving him a 2-to-1 victory over the second-place finisher (named Davis, who was 3rd on the ballot, edging out Overall narrowly).


25 posted on 07/09/2013 5:06:11 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; GOPsterinMA; randita; Sun; LdSentinal; ExTexasRedhead; ...
In 2002, I played it safe and supported Lamar Alexander over Ed Bryant. That was a huge mistake on my part, if only I had known how Tennessee would vote that year. I was rooting for Bryant in 2006, but Van Hillary split the conservative vote. Now Tennessee has for its U.S. Senators a pair of dull, mediocre establishment hacks. My condolences.
26 posted on 07/09/2013 3:37:14 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Muslims are a people of tolerance, life,and peace, and if you don't agree, they'll murder you)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
The irony is that Lamar! is a rank hypocrite who stated in his own book, “Two terms and OUT !” Well, kids, he served his two, and it’s time to take what will be (in January 2015) his nearly 75-year old ass out of the Senate.

Rather annoying that he didn't run against Al Gore in 1984 and spare us manbearpig. Maybe he'd have gotten tired of Washington and retired by now if he did, but given how many senators have gone out feet first lately, I might be wrong.
27 posted on 07/09/2013 8:42:07 PM PDT by Galactic Overlord-In-Chief (Our Joe Wilson can take the Dems' Joe Wilson any day of the week)
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To: Galactic Overlord-In-Chief

He didn’t want to give up his last 2 years on the Governorship to the Conservative Democrat Lieutenant Governor. Had he run and won, it’s almost certain that Gore would’ve run for Governor in 1986 and would’ve won (and from that position, almost certainly would’ve ended up as VP in ‘92, as he would’ve been even closer to Clinton). These guys just take different routes to power.

Still, I can’t imagine having had Lamar! as a Senator since 1984. He would’ve eventually become floor party leader and even worse, might’ve been foisted on us as a Presidential candidate (a la Dole) by 1996 or 2000. Blech.


28 posted on 07/09/2013 8:53:30 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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