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Dismissal of Tennessee Tea Party candidate will embarrass media, others
Nashville's Morning News ^ | April 6, 2014 | Ralph Bristol

Posted on 04/06/2014 6:36:24 AM PDT by don-o

As a talk show host, I take plenty of heat from the fans of candidates who don’t think their candidate is getting enough attention, and if they just had more respect from the media, their candidate could win. Ron Paul fans were legendary for such complaints, and I’ve had more than my share.

So, I find it very uncomfortable, and I hope not hypocritical, to write about the dismissive attitude the national political media is displaying toward the Tea Party driven U.S. Senate bid of State Rep. Joe Carr in Tennessee. Politico.com is the worst offender, with a story about the entry of Dr. George Flinn into the race.

The story reads like a love story from an opponent to Sen. Alexander, without even raising the prospect that the wealthy Dr. Flinn, best known for spending millions of his own money to attract 25% of the GOP primary vote in two separate Congressional elections in two different districts, just might be a Lamar plant to try to up-end a significant, Tea Party endorsed candidate who has attracted donations from more than 3,500 donors in the past six months. Instead, they continue to dismiss the viability of the Carr campaign, and the Tea Party influence in Tennessee, with this:

“But tea party forces have been unable to mobilize against him. State Rep. Joe Carr has been in the race against Alexander for months after dropping a bid for the House, but he has yet to gain traction in the polls or in fundraising.”

Carr, and his Tea Party backers, including me, beg to differ.

(Excerpt) Read more at ralphbristol.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: beatlamar; joecarr

1 posted on 04/06/2014 6:36:24 AM PDT by don-o
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336 B.C. -— Alexander the Great
2014 A.D. — Alexander the Barely Mediocre


2 posted on 04/06/2014 6:37:21 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: don-o

Why do I get this stinking feeling that the same squish republicans who are getting primaried are going to stay in the senate as democrats?


3 posted on 04/06/2014 6:40:09 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: EQAndyBuzz

based on my unbiased observation, I see only one Senate incumbent that is not likely to win out over the Tea Party candidate and that is in Mississippi.

I’ll hang in there though.

I see some Beat Lamar signs, but no Carr signs


4 posted on 04/06/2014 6:44:51 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: bert

It’s looking like that is a real possibility. The only one that surprises me is South Carolina. Seems there’s enough evidence to dismiss Graham, even if the alternatives are not top of the line. Tennessee is not a particularly conservative state, although strongly republican. Was hopeful in KY but the amount of money dumped in for McConnell is hard to overcome. It’s not completely over but Bevin hasn’t continued to move in the right direction. Much like Reid’s reelection in 2010, it’s really hard to remove a senate leader. Too much money and party influence.


5 posted on 04/06/2014 7:06:02 AM PDT by ilgipper
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To: bert
I see only one Senate incumbent that is not likely to win out over the Tea Party candidate

That is sad, because it means that most folks are satisfied enough with the status quo.

6 posted on 04/06/2014 7:08:26 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: ilgipper

——Too much money-—

McConnell is purchasing ads on Rush East Tennessee Radio Stations broadcasting a 100 miles away in to South eastern Kentucky. I can’t remember any thing like that.


7 posted on 04/06/2014 7:10:32 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: bert

Don’t bet against Cochran in Miss. The Barbour machine is out there drumming up support for him and that shouldn’t be under estimated.


8 posted on 04/06/2014 7:15:01 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Funny you should say that, I just recently was thinking, suppose conservatives take the Senate in 2015, by say one or two seats, is it possible that someone like McCain and his ilk would switch parties to give the dems the advantage?

I would hope not, but these Rino’s are a very hateful,nasty bunch.

Just a scary thought I had.


9 posted on 04/06/2014 7:36:20 AM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: don-o

No doubt the Democrats and the Chamber of Amnesty are helping the GOPe to mount a third candidate, as they did in VA. Anything to keep conservatives from winning. It’s not a new strategy. That’s how Billy Jeff Clinton became president.


10 posted on 04/06/2014 7:42:36 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: PoloSec

” is it possible that someone like McCain and his ilk would switch parties to give the dems the advantage?”

Very possible. Jim Jeffords switched from Republican to independent in 2001 and caucused with the Democrats and removing the Senate from Republican control.


11 posted on 04/06/2014 8:28:32 AM PDT by Soul of the South (Yesterday is gone. Today will be what we make of it.)
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To: PoloSec

I absolutely think you’re right in thinking that someone like McCain and his ilk would switch parties to give the dems the advantage.

The left will do what they’re known to do to win so any RINO is up for grabs.
Take that to the bank!


12 posted on 04/06/2014 8:53:06 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: don-o
The last laugh is always best.
13 posted on 04/06/2014 9:04:50 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: don-o

Dr. Flinn, ... just might be a Lamar plant to try to up-end a significant, Tea Party endorsed candidate
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yes a Van Hilleary type...

that’s how Corker won..

Van Hilleary was a plant to upset the Conservative Ed Bryant ...

and since theres about a dozen running in the GOP primary, I wonder how many others are Lamar plants too..


14 posted on 04/06/2014 9:31:00 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Tennessee Nana

I voted for Bryant, but he really did nothing to help himself in his own district.


15 posted on 04/06/2014 9:41:52 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek
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To: don-o

Minor correction: It’s “A.D. 2014,” not “2014 A.D.” A.D. stands for Anno Domini, “Year of our Lord,” and, being Latin, comes *before* the numeral date, not after.

Sorry, pet peeve of mine because of how frequently it’s done incorrectly, even in public plaques and declarations.

Even Wikipedia has it correct: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anno_Domini


16 posted on 04/06/2014 9:57:28 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Soul of the South
” is it possible that someone like McCain and his ilk would switch parties to give the dems the advantage?”

Very possible. Jim Jeffords switched from Republican to independent in 2001 and caucused with the Democrats and removing the Senate from Republican control.

100% true. I'd add to that, McQueeg was in talks with Daschle in 2001 to make the switch to make Daschle the Majority leader. Jeffords simply beat McQueeg to the punch by demanding less. Daschle went to McQueeg's Arizona home to discuss the terms. I know, I was there taking part in the "Freep in the Desert" protesting the meeting.

17 posted on 04/06/2014 10:03:00 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: bert
I see some Beat Lamar signs, but no Carr signs

One of the possible problems with the lack of Carr signs is knowing where to get them. I couldn't find them online. The only bumper stickers that I found online weren't especially great and were quite expensive.

I finally got both signs and bumper stickers when I went to the grand opening of the campaign headquarters in Murfreesboro last week. Now I have a bumper sticker on my car and yard signs in my yard. I've also given a bumper sticker away to a friend. I also received a bumper sticker at about the same time by contributing to the campaign and requesting a bumper sticker. (That was the second time that I contributed. I received campaign literature in the mail that had a box that you could check if you wanted a bumper sticker.)

Hopefully the signs and bumper stickers will become more easily available. I would bet that they are available at the local speaking engagements, but I sometimes only find out about those after the fact.

In the meantime, if anyone wants signs ($1 each) or bumper stickers (50 cents each), go to the campaign headquarters on the square in Murfreesboro.


18 posted on 04/06/2014 10:40:10 AM PDT by Engraved-on-His-hands (Conservative 2016!! The Dole, H.W. Bush, McCain, Romney experiment has failed.)
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To: don-o

If this disrespect is true then it is time to take on another tact, one of revolution. It is almost time to disband those who oppress us.


19 posted on 04/06/2014 11:47:20 AM PDT by WilliamRobert (Obama so loves the poor he created millions more.)
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To: Cyber Liberty

If I could get the your / you’re thing all fixed, then I would turn to the A.D. placement. I do not think I have ever seen that expressed as a concern.

I could argue that the Anno Domini is an appositive and that the correct form is 2014, A.D.


20 posted on 04/06/2014 11:56:42 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: don-o

And I would immediately surrender, because I am not an English teacher. I don’t know enough to say you’re wrong (there is a discussion of it on the Wiki page I linked, but we know those guys can be dorks).

I’ve seen it AD 2014 in older writings, which tells me the way I prefer it will die in my lifetime, because this is a “living” language. Apparently the form I prefer, the literal translation, is archaic.


21 posted on 04/06/2014 12:06:56 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: don-o; Cyber Liberty

Aw gee its six of one and half a dozen’ve a whole nother story!

What difference at this point does or dozen’t make??

Lol just kidding...I’m only glad to know there are even two people who care about such a thing in 2014-—one weigher an udder!


22 posted on 04/06/2014 12:08:59 PM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: Fightin Whitey; Cyber Liberty

I was taking a contrarian position, because, well, sometimes I just do. Truth be told, I think CL is correct; but I enjoy a bit of a joust with someone who won’t go all outraged to “win” at all costs.


23 posted on 04/06/2014 12:45:28 PM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: don-o; Cyber Liberty

As I say, I was glad you did take up the lance and joust.

I enjoyed it and learned from it too.

I am always glad to see proper writing and accepted style discussed on Free Republic. Can’t read and write right, can’t speak or think right-—thus I’ve always believed.


24 posted on 04/06/2014 12:53:27 PM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: don-o
Until Conservatives get a media voice in the four major cities the four major cities ULTRA LIBERAL MANAGED newspapers will shut out any opposition to their RINO's Alexander and Corker. It's bad when one papers ex outdoors writer {which the man was actually good at} now cranks left wing propaganda. He should have stuck to what made his name and what he was great at.

Want one more hilarious? One woman writer cried, griped, wrote article after article about not having health insurance. Back when the on-line version of the paper was non subscription I'd post comments like but what about the paper you write for ands it's Editor? If the management and you feel so strong health-care insurance is a right how come this paper is not paying at least half of your insurance? LOL

Challenges to the writers propaganda always went ignored especially if they lost the debate. Or there was a Oh those mean spirited type of people disagreed with me answer next week. Then there is a long time writer who IIRC started out as a variety writer of sorts is an ultra left wingbat and her poorly written articles are now featured in the editorials. Don you've likely read that paper LOL.

Years ago it was balanced especially when there were two daily papers. The editor who had been there for years was somewhat conservative and usually both sides got decent coverage. He took another position outside of the paper and an out of town Liberal Metro Denver editor comes in. That paper is no longer worth reading even if it were free.

The area is GOP and it seemed way too many Conservatives were disagreeing with the papers political positions. The answer was to go subscription. Rather than having 200 plus replies to stories from both sides it's now a 5 or 6 reply echo chamber.

To really drive home the point the paper attacks GOP with childish tactics one would expect from a Middle School paper ran by students attacking the lunchroom for charging extra for ice cream or serving peas. For nearly two years the paper attacked a GOP lawmaker for taking a dog briefly into a county court house. It was a front page headline story. Yet the city mayor a DEM has yet to have so much as a negative sentence written against her. If the Paper can't find something to write about to praise her for they don't write nothing at all about her. Last election when a DEM sneaked in and ran against Corker the paper never really said anything until it came out that DEM was a Conservative to the far right of Corker LOL.

Joe Carr is up against this. Our weapon right now is word of mouth, bumper sticker, signs, and the Internet.

25 posted on 04/06/2014 12:56:15 PM PDT by cva66snipe ((Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?))
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To: don-o

I’m afraid I didn’t do a very good job of jousting. If I knew more about the subject (proper English), I would have been a better opponent. Sorry....

(I’ve been wrong about things at the top of my lungs, and it’s pretty embarrassing. I think Ambrose Bierce had a quote about that.)


26 posted on 04/06/2014 12:56:22 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: ilgipper
Tennessee is not a particularly conservative state, although strongly republican.

Only to a certain extent. We elect sorry governors, we elect sorry US Senators as well. But we do well on electing Conservative Congressmen in the eastern end and in the rural areas middle state as well.

27 posted on 04/06/2014 12:59:09 PM PDT by cva66snipe ((Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?))
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To: Cyber Liberty

You most certainly did, and as FW said, proper usage is important because words are all we have to present our ideas.


28 posted on 04/06/2014 1:13:24 PM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: don-o
George Orwell had quite a bit to say about the importance of language in 1984. Language (or lack of) will shape the thoughts behind it. That was the whole idea behind newspeak.

Sloppy language is usually indicative of sloppy thinking, and it's in evidence with the poster who just rode the lightning.

29 posted on 04/06/2014 1:26:50 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: don-o

On another thread.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3141344/posts


30 posted on 04/06/2014 1:32:50 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: don-o

I don’t know if Carr can pull this off, but something may be building out there that could send Alexander down the drain come primary time.

Being at 47% in the polls does not bode well for Alexander. And though Alexander has a lot of lobbyist money, you can’t put a dollar amount on all the volunteer doorknockers of BeatLamar. That means a great deal more than a TV spot that lots of people tune out.

I’ve got my fingers crossed on this that Carr will send Alexander packing come January.


31 posted on 04/06/2014 5:32:23 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: SharpRightTurn

I hope that you’re right. I think that it’s an uphill struggle, but I’m not counting him out. I hope that you are right.

Keep in mind that twelve years ago Ed Bryant got 42.6% of the vote. Lamar managed to get 53.8%, with the remainder splitting among minor candidates. One would think that the climate might be more favorable for a challenger now than it was twelve years ago.

Both state and national media seem to think that Lamar has it in the bag, but I don’t think that is the case. It will take some work, but let’s not give up. I think that we have a shot.

If Bryant could get 42.6% twelve years ago, we’ve got a shot.


32 posted on 04/06/2014 6:09:17 PM PDT by Engraved-on-His-hands (Conservative 2016!! The Dole, H.W. Bush, McCain, Romney experiment has failed.)
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