Up for Debate: Campfield's about face

Monday, March 5, 2012 at 1:01am

What do you make of the move by state Sen. Stacey Campfield — Newt Gingrich's campaign co-chair in Tennessee — to switch allegiance to Rick Santorum's campaign? Who does it reflect on more; Campfield, Gingrich or Santorum?

71 Comments on this post:

By: bfra on 3/5/12 at 9:40

gdiafante - From my point of view, most Southerners have moved past the Civil War. But, there will always be some that live in the past. I, as a child, was in Pulaski many times when the KKK would have a parade. I was never scared, and there would be blacks & whites lining the route of the parade, watching.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/5/12 at 9:42


I try not to things like that. It is too depressing.lol

By: Captain Nemo on 3/5/12 at 9:45

shb I try not to think of things like that. sorry

By: Captain Nemo on 3/5/12 at 9:48

You are right about that bfra, I like Pulaski as a place and because it’s citizen protested the Klan’s hateful march. I don’t even thinks it is news worthy any more.

By: gdiafante on 3/5/12 at 9:52

Here's the difference, bfra. If you see the "Stars and Bars" in the North, you're at a monument or battlefield, some national park or other museum. If you see it down here, it's in someone's front yard, a bumper sticker, t-shirts, flying above a courthouse/state building, etc.

I drove by my childhood home a few weeks ago, there was a house that had a HUGE Confederate flag flying in the front yard. How many times have you heard "war of Northern aggression"? Have someone rationalize slavery by arguing states rights? Refer to our northern friends as "damn Yankees"?

Now imagine any of that happening north of the Mason Dixon. I've lived in PA and CT, it doesn't. The closest to this is at Gettysburg, and as I said, it's a museum.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/5/12 at 9:53

By: gdiafante on 3/5/12 at 9:30
Nemo, imagine his friend's surprise when he gets to heaven and sees all the multi-colored scum...

Well, that's if he gets there...


If any of them get to heaven, it will only be to the gate. They will be caring signs declaring how un-America we are for going into heaven. ;-)

By: bfra on 3/5/12 at 9:53

Nemo - That was a long time ago, but I never witnessed any protest. Everybody just did their own thing. Nobody tried to stop them & they didn't bother anybody, that I ever saw.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/5/12 at 9:58

I just remember that the residents did not want to associate with the pointed heads and did not want the shame of it.

Does the KKK still show up?

By: bfra on 3/5/12 at 10:08

Nemo - Was in Pulaski regularly, as I was growing up and I never saw that side. Don't know if the KKK still have parades there or not.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/5/12 at 10:19


The mayor and other residents aren’t pleased. “There’s never been a local person involved in these marches or rallies,” Mayor Daniel Speer told Hatewatch this week. But they’re resigned to being a favorite locale for the haters on the American radical right. Speer’s town is more than one-quarter black, but it has for decades been a favorite place for white supremacist groups to rally because of one unfortunate historical fact: This was where the Ku Klux Klan was born.


By: bfra on 3/5/12 at 10:25

Nemo - I never personally knew anyone that was KKK, but for Speer to say that there was never a local person involved, is hogwash. Does he know every individual, personally and what they might or have ever been involved with. KKK didn't just pop up there without some local involvement.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/5/12 at 10:31

Here is something else, bfra.

Robb’s Klan group has staged events in Pulaski going back to at least 1983, says Speer, who has been mayor nearly 21 years and has lived most of his 60 years in the southern Tennessee town. So many Klan events were held in the 1980s that local businesses, large and small, closed their doors in disgust during a 1989 rally as a way of silently protesting, Speer said. At times, folks in Pulaski hoped that if they ignored the Klan and other white supremacist groups when they came to Pulaski, they would lose interest in the town and permanently leave, Speer says. But they didn’t, and over the years the groups’ events have brought people ranging from satirist Stephen Colbert to reporters from as far away as Russia and Italy.


By: Captain Nemo on 3/5/12 at 10:38


Sorry it took so long. I had to refresh my memory about it.

I don’t know if he did or did not, but what I remember seeing on the TV news was that there were a lot of people carrying signs of protest and shouting at them to go away.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/5/12 at 10:41

I think you might be correct about Speer's saying that there was no local involvement , but was is a the man to say. lol

By: Captain Nemo on 3/5/12 at 10:46


I don’t know any Klan members myself, but there are plenty I do suspect of belonging to some sort of dark organization

By: bfra on 3/5/12 at 10:54

So Speer is trying to whitewash the (what he considers his) town. People that grew up there & in surrounding towns, won't buy it. Plus, I never saw a protest or people carrying any kind of signs.

Nemo, before leaving for DC once, I was people demonstrating in front of the WH. No protesters there during my 3 day stay. Upon returning to Nashville, they were still showing protesters in front of the WH. The media is not to be believed, most of the time.

By: bfra on 3/5/12 at 10:58

s/b - I saw people, not was.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/5/12 at 11:06

Careful braf, you’re starting to sound like yogi. Just kidding.

By: bfra on 3/5/12 at 11:09

Nemo - That's not even fun kidding!

By: Captain Nemo on 3/5/12 at 11:10

The Big Mouth has gotten Rush into trouble/

Limbaugh advertisers jump ship

Posted by
CNN Political Unit
(CNN) – Rush Limbaugh's apology Saturday for labeling a law student a "slut" and "prostitute" failed to stem an exodus of advertisers from his radio show, as another company said Sunday it was withdrawing spots from the conservative program.


By: Captain Nemo on 3/5/12 at 11:12

shb bfra. I'm sorry about that too. I feel so yog-fied