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Can 'Tennessee's institution' survive Tea Party's wrath?
thehill.com ^ | 7/26/14 | Jessica Taylor

Posted on 07/26/2014 3:23:11 PM PDT by cotton1706

MARYVILLE, Tenn. — Thirty-six years ago, Lamar Alexander walked across the state in his first successful bid for governor, donning his now-iconic red and black plaid shirt.

Now, the 74 year-old senator is making the trek across Tennessee by bus as he faces what could be his toughest GOP race yet.

Known simply as Lamar around these parts, the former governor, U.S. secretary of Education, two-time presidential candidate and now two-term senator, is undoubtedly an institution. But as the Republican Party nationwide and even in Tennessee has changed, there’s a growing voice that the senator hasn’t and needs to go.

Alexander certainly has the heavy edge heading into the August 7 primary, where he faces six opponents. Chief among them is state Rep. Joe Carr, who’s tried to latch onto the Tea Party fervor to oust the incumbent.

Carr has gotten the endorsements of conservative radio icon Laura Ingraham, who hosted a rally for him in Nashville this week, urging a crowd to retire Alexander like an “old sweater.”

He also netted the backing of former 2008 vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, who wrote that “advocating and voting for amnesty, cash for clunkers, bailouts, raising the debt ceiling, and many controversial Obama administration nominees has marred the incumbent’s record.”

But without significant monetary help from powerful national groups, the challenger’s hopes are unlikely to bring down the muscle Alexander still commands throughout the state.

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


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections

1 posted on 07/26/2014 3:23:11 PM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

OPINION: 74 is too old for the job.


2 posted on 07/26/2014 3:25:29 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: cotton1706

I really wish we (as conservative, tea party types) could get together and present a united challenge to the moderate fossils that populate too many seats. Carr might have a chance as a solo challenger. I doubt that he can win it with a field that large.


3 posted on 07/26/2014 3:29:10 PM PDT by TnGOP (Petey the dog is my foreign policy adviser. He's really quite good!)
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To: cotton1706

There comes a time for even elder statesmen to step back and assume the “emeritus” title. Many experienced former Senators and Congressmen have entered this honorable state, and carry the mantle of wisdom and respect into their twilight years. Lamar Alexander is by no means a young man, but he should have mentored a good and proper successor by this time, or at least inspired some younger ambitious challenger to rise on his or her own merit.

Thad Cochran is a sad example of holding on too long, and trying for one more “last hurrah” type of departure. It is clear that Senator Cochran, who was in office when Nixon was President, has served well beyond his time, and SHOULD have been replaced.

Don’t make the same mistake in Tennessee as was made in Mississippi.


4 posted on 07/26/2014 3:32:18 PM PDT by alloysteel (Most people become who they promised they would never be.)
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To: cotton1706

BEAT LAMAR!


5 posted on 07/26/2014 3:36:39 PM PDT by Viennacon (Barry Obama? No... Barack Hussein Soebarkah.)
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To: All

The strong conservative republicans in East Tennessee opught to see by now that Lamar is a RINO after his voting record with Obama...

We really don’t need this kind of Senator...

I grew up in East Tennessee and went to school with a couple of Lamar’s cousins...He is a good guy, but not a conservative... We don’t need a “good guy”...We need someone to bring back our country...


6 posted on 07/26/2014 3:38:06 PM PDT by JW1949
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To: cloudmountain

Alexander - 74
McCain - 77
Cochran - 76
Hatch - 80
McConnell - 72
Pat Roberts (KS) - 78
Grassley - 80
Shelby - 80

Today’s Republican US Senate.


7 posted on 07/26/2014 3:44:33 PM PDT by Soul of the South (Yesterday is gone. Today will be what we make of it.)
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To: cotton1706

What has the TN legislature done with its super majority? If nothing, the RINO wins.


8 posted on 07/26/2014 3:48:32 PM PDT by greatvikingone
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To: cotton1706

I don’t think the TEA Party will kill off red and black checkered shirts.


9 posted on 07/26/2014 3:54:38 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: cloudmountain

It’s not just how old the person is, it’s how many years they have been in Congress.

Too many have been there way too long.


10 posted on 07/26/2014 3:58:20 PM PDT by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: cotton1706

Term limits needed now. 12 years? 16 years?


11 posted on 07/26/2014 5:00:45 PM PDT by upchuck (It's a shame nobama truly doesn't care about any of this. Our country, our future, he doesn't care.)
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To: cotton1706

Beat Lamar!


12 posted on 07/26/2014 5:02:20 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: Lorianne

You’ve got it, Lorianne.

The longer one is in Congress, the more corrupt one becomes.


13 posted on 07/26/2014 5:07:54 PM PDT by Walrus (I love the America that used to be ---I hate the America that now IS!)
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To: alloysteel

Actually, Cochran was going to retire, but the GOPe begged him to stay once McDaniel announced his intentions of running.


14 posted on 07/26/2014 5:10:33 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: cotton1706

I’m beginning to think the winning strategy for conservatives challengers is to campaign against the Chamber of Commerce...and mean it. Is that happening in this race?


15 posted on 07/26/2014 5:11:14 PM PDT by grania
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To: TnGOP

Republicans don’t get it that a only a consensus candidate can win. I don’t think that they ever will.


16 posted on 07/26/2014 5:20:36 PM PDT by Coldwater Creek
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To: cotton1706; Diana in Wisconsin

Maryville ping


17 posted on 07/26/2014 5:33:12 PM PDT by bert ((K.E.; N.P.; GOPc.;+12 ..... Obama is public enemy #1)
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To: bert

Maryville! Maryville! :)


18 posted on 07/26/2014 6:05:18 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: cloudmountain

By age 74, if a man’s priorities are not something above being a perpetual congressman, he’s too damn low for the job.


19 posted on 07/26/2014 6:06:13 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Lorianne

Of the hundreds of members of congress in my lifetime, I can think of only two who actually got better with age— the legendary Jesse Helms of North Carolina and Carl Curtis of Nebraska.


20 posted on 07/26/2014 6:13:40 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: cotton1706

But without significant monetary help from powerful national groups, the challenger’s hopes are unlikely to bring down the muscle Alexander still commands throughout the state.

Cantor was unbeatable, too.


21 posted on 07/26/2014 6:42:29 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Travis McGee
By age 74, if a man’s priorities are not something above being a perpetual congressman, he’s too damn low for the job.

MAYBE he's smart enough to stay where he knows he can actually do something productive. He reached his max, knew it and felt comfortable.

Maybe he likes being away from his wife. Who knows.

A man has got to know his limitations. Dirty Harry

22 posted on 07/26/2014 9:12:28 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: cloudmountain

With his LIBERAL record, that alone disqualifies him. Votes 62% dem, is a Oath breaker to the US Constitution and to his promise of 2 terms and out.

lamar’s fishing record
http://www.redstate.com/diary/jayp/2013/07/27/senator-lamar-alexanders-fishy-voting-record/

lamar’s dark side http://www.redstate.com/diary/jayp/2013/07/27/senator-lamar-alexanders-fishy-voting-record/

The Lamarer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwSAN5X25Bg

Already voted Carr. And Rory Bricco for District 81, the incumbent is a lazy follower not a leader. Rory is a Christian, Constitutionalists both sate and federal. http://www.rorybricco.com/endorsements.php

Mail outs say to vote NO to retain justices Connie Clark, Sharon Lee, and Gary Wade, LIBERALS.

From already voting know RINO halsam is on the ballot, no real opposition, In face he has done little campaign wise he is so sure of re-election. Unless the dem beats him. And I don’t know who that is, as there are no ads on TV about it.


23 posted on 07/26/2014 9:52:25 PM PDT by GailA (IF you fail to keep your promises to the Military, you won't keep them to Citizens!)
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To: upchuck

2 8 yrs terms for senate, 2, two year terms for House. If 2 terms is good enough for Governors and President, they are good enough for both state and US congress.


24 posted on 07/26/2014 9:54:24 PM PDT by GailA (IF you fail to keep your promises to the Military, you won't keep them to Citizens!)
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To: GailA
THANKS for your feedback. Much appreciated.
25 posted on 07/27/2014 6:35:02 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: cloudmountain

I want this RINO GONE! Can’t keep the oath he swore to the Constitution, can’t keep the oath he made to only serve 2 terms and OUT! Besides his being thad C twin brother voting wise 62% DemORAT!

To much liberalism for me.

If you have not voted yet these 3 LIBERAL judges need to be replaced. Connie Clark, Sharon Lee, Gary Wade. I voted NO to retain any of them. I know nothing about how they think. These 3 like 0’care, and very LIBERAL. They have hired top 0 political operatives to run their campaigns.


26 posted on 07/27/2014 7:16:29 AM PDT by GailA (IF you fail to keep your promises to the Military, you won't keep them to Citizens!)
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To: GailA; upchuck

2 8 yrs terms for senate,
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12 years? 16 years?

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Current term for a US Senator is 6 yrs.

Candidates on the TN Primary ballot.........

http://state.tn.us/sos/election/PetitionsFiled.pdf


27 posted on 07/27/2014 7:30:34 AM PDT by deport
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To: GailA

I agree. The Senate term is currently six years. Are you suggesting it be changed to eight years?


28 posted on 07/27/2014 10:03:23 AM PDT by upchuck (It's a shame nobama truly doesn't care about any of this. Our country, our future, he doesn't care.)
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