Up for Debate: Tennessee voters' dilemma

Monday, October 15, 2012 at 1:09am

What do you make of the problem faced by millions of Tennessee voters whose votes seem to matter little in the presidential election? What do you predict will be the outcomes in the few state legislative races being contested? Do you think Rep. Scott DesJarlais's "October Surprise" will hurt his chances of re-election? 

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102 Comments on this post:

By: Ask01 on 10/15/12 at 3:54

I suppose voters could react by voting contrary to predictions, and causing a tremendous disturbance in the force.

That would generate some turmoil, would it not? Too bad the chances are slim to none, and slim left town.

Considering the shortsighted outlooks of most voters, I predict the results will run as usual, with Tennessee drifting further into the past.

The wild card is if people become angry with CEO's threatening job cuts for re-electing President Obama. The explanation that the letters are simply explaining financial reality is as transparent as glass, particularly when one considers the excessive and obscene compensation packages these CEO's receive, and their total disregard for the welfare of the workers already displaced.

I suppose a backlash is an outside possibility.

Considering some of the nonsense which has already flowed this political season, predicting how the electorate will react is nigh on to impossible. Cynical, frustrated, and demoralized voters might re-elect DesJarlais just out of name recognition or reasoning better the known evil.

By: Ummm... on 10/15/12 at 4:48

Unfortunately, the Tennessee electorate is overrun with Teapublicans who think ignorance and hypocrisy are positive character traits. Ergo, Romney will take the state in a landslide and DesJarlais will likely be re-elected. For progressives, casting votes in local races sometimes does matter, so I go to the polls in spite of the meaninglessness of my presidential ballot. Maybe someday the antiquated, outmoded electoral college system will be reformed, so that everyone's vote for president counts.

By: yogiman on 10/15/12 at 5:27

Heavily glazed or heavily colored glass isn't transparent, Ask01. And everyone should vote for who they think is the best person for the position, not for one someone tells them to vote for.

Your vote is private. Your "boss" doesn't need to know who you voted for and we don't need a president who intends for the government to take over private industries into communist or socialist operations.

By: gdiafante on 10/15/12 at 5:29

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By: Loner on 10/15/12 at 5:45

Good morning Nashville.

Q: What do you make of the problem faced by millions of Tennessee voters whose votes seem to matter little in the presidential election?
A: The EC system is fundamentally flawed; it produces "Democracy Lite", not the full-strength stuff.....this is exactly what the 2 major parties and the US media want and it's what they demand. Those who claim that the system protects the "small states" from the "big states" are misinformed or delusional. The EC system protects states rights, at the expense of human rights.

Q: What do you predict will be the outcomes in the few state legislative races being contested?
A: A complete Republican sweep....the masses are asses.

Q: Do you think Rep. Scott DesJarlais's "October Surprise" will hurt his chances of re-election?
A: Not at all...Christians are very good at forgiving their own....the Tea-bag addled voters of Tennessee will give this scumbag a free pass on his sordid behavior.

The Southern Tea-baggers would vote for any white man running against BHO...even a draft-dodging Mormon....the old race-based prejudices of the Old Confederacy are alive and well.....YEEEE HAAAAW!

By: Ummm... on 10/15/12 at 5:52

Loner...you're right. But I sure as hell wish you weren't.

By: Loner on 10/15/12 at 5:57

In case anyone is interested, I'm posting here too:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/15/us-eu-iran-sanctions-westerwelle-idUSBRE89E0I920121015

The EU has just announced new sanctions on Iran....they are pushing them up against the wall...the Iranian Rial lost 40% of its value last week....the common people, not the elites, are being stripped of their limited wealth...as usual the suffering at the bottom of the social pyramid will be intense....but the folks at the top will feel no ill effects.

The drum beat for war, to placate the Jewish state, just increased in tempo and volume...Holocaust guilt is that powerful...and the Israelis are exploiting it to the maximum....working the Europeans and Americans like puppets on a string.

By: Loner on 10/15/12 at 5:58

Me too, Ummmm.

By: govskeptic on 10/15/12 at 6:05

How many of you can vote in that district and are your comments
pro or con worth any more than ye ole "bucket of spit"?

By: Rasputin72 on 10/15/12 at 6:23

Mitt Romney will carry the state and deliver electoral votes. That is all we can ask.

Barack Hussein Obama will win the popular vote in this country because there are just too many people who think they are "entitled" and too many people who think they should be living better than they are.

Barack Hussein Obama will win the electoral college in a fairly tight race. The majority will have spoken.

Neither Romney or Obama will stop the decline of the United States of America. The mongrel nation has reached the point of no return.

By: Ummm... on 10/15/12 at 6:34

"Neither Romney or Obama will stop the decline of the United States of America. The mongrel nation has reached the point of no return."

So says the morally bankrupt bigot. Pfft...

By: gdiafante on 10/15/12 at 6:45

He can't even write that correctly, Ummm...

Neither is used with nor, either with or.

My guess is he's the mongrel with a huge chip on his shoulder...and a very average education. Decline indeed...

By: bfra on 10/15/12 at 6:52

His word is no good either! Check his comments under the Burch topic.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/15/12 at 6:56

Indeed, bfra.

Junior, do you still visit your lady friend on Belmont? The one your friends teased you about?

By: yogiman on 10/15/12 at 7:10

Loner,

I much rather have a Mormon who willingly proves he is Constitutionally eligible for that office than a Muslin who refuses to identify himself. I also do not want a President who roams the world bowing to the leaders of nations that are not friends of the USA, apologizing to them for who we are.

If you support someone who is so earnestly hiding his identity, you deserve what you have.

By: bfra on 10/15/12 at 7:12

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By: gdiafante on 10/15/12 at 7:12

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Anyone see Felix do the space jump? I watched it with the kids, it was unbelievable. He was tumbling around, foot over ass, going 700+ mph...thought he was a goner for sure, he pulled it out though. Crazy.

By: yogiman on 10/15/12 at 7:16

May I add one more thing, Loner? You are not from the South. You think you know the social behavior of we Southerners and feel free to compare your fellow Yankees superior to us. You, sir, are a Yankee in birth and mind only. You can think, but you don't know the South any better than the looks of the back of your head.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/15/12 at 7:18

g, that was amazing, wasn't it! I can't believe the guy survived unscathed!

By: gdiafante on 10/15/12 at 7:22

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He only missed the freefall record by about 12 seconds or so...I think he may have panicked a little, he said his visor was fogging up right before the shoot deployed. Still, that was absolutely insane.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/15/12 at 7:27

I would have died of heart failure!

By: bfra on 10/15/12 at 7:31

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By: bfra on 10/15/12 at 7:32

I'm with you Blanket! My knees get watery on a tall escalator.

By: gdiafante on 10/15/12 at 7:32

Yeah, I found myself nearly hyperventilating when he stepped out of the balloon, that shot from above right before he stepped off...that has to be the ultimate adrenaline rush...ever.

By: Rasputin72 on 10/15/12 at 7:33

Gdiafante.....You are correct on every count. I am a mongrel who made it to the big time. I am arrogant I have a very average education. I am a journalism major. Based on the writings of reporters today I am right in line with the "average":

Thank goodness, I could not earn a living as a reporter and found out that stealing from the poor and the stupid and the naive was a better vocation.
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Your grammar lesson did not go unnoticed. I already knew that you were not a member of the "Simple Six"

Don't you know that everyone in the top 2% is a liar and a coward, a thief,a cheat,a charlatan and a whore monger? Anyone who posts on this forum for more than a week should know that from the majority of people who post.

I find it hard to believe but most of the people who post on this board have a net worth of less than $200,000 dollars. Yet, these people want to think of themselves as being capable of judging a man like Mitt Romney and others in power and the 1% as though there was credibility in their opinions.

I will say this however, there are a lot more people in this country who may be out of touch with the good life and reality but their vote counts big since they are the majority.

By: bfra on 10/15/12 at 7:35

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By: gdiafante on 10/15/12 at 7:44

Raspy, I will say this, you play the part well. Have you considered doing off-Broadway? You'd make a fantastic Willy Loman.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/15/12 at 7:48

Good one, g.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/15/12 at 7:53

Rasputin has been caught in too many lies, to be an actor of merit.

Check out his lies of yesterday, on Burch.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/15/12 at 7:54

At least now he has admitted to being a charlatan. But he is still nowhere near the 2% - lol!

By: Captain Nemo on 10/15/12 at 7:59

Blanket-

He'll change that line of thought in a few days, once he forgets.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/15/12 at 8:01

As for the October Surprise, there will be plenty awaiting for us to read about.

By: yogiman on 10/15/12 at 8:05

It's funny; if you people knew what you think you know, we'd have some very intelligent folks on this site. Too bad, though, you're so ignorant you don't know what you're "saying" about someone else on this site, isn't it?

By: gdiafante on 10/15/12 at 8:07

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By: bfra on 10/15/12 at 8:09

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By: Loner on 10/15/12 at 8:11

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By: slacker on 10/15/12 at 8:12

Rasp.. its gonna get cold soon. You should put some duct tape over that broken window in your reliable Dodge Dart. You can probably pilfer some at the mission. Remember Rasp... carbon monoxide is not your friend.

By: Loner on 10/15/12 at 8:15

As for the headline for this comment board, "Tennessee voters' dilemma", I do not see any "dilemma", other than dealing with two choices: to vote in a functionally meaningless manner or stay at home on election night...that's should not be too hard to figure out....not much of a "dilemma" there. ...the Electoral College has solved the "dilemma" part.....it's all theater.

By: Loner on 10/15/12 at 8:18

When it comes to massive voter suppression, nothing comes close to the Electoral College system. The Republicans, financed by the Koch brothers, are busy trying to stamp out any residual incentive to cast a ballot....and they are quite successful at it.

By: slacker on 10/15/12 at 8:18

Felix has balls of unobtainium.

By: slacker on 10/15/12 at 8:20

On the bright side, we're not bombarded with political ads 24-7.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/15/12 at 8:25

We have troll droppings instead ,slacker.

By: Loner on 10/15/12 at 8:28

Yes. Baumgartner must be one of the ballsiest people on this planet...the military is considering cloning him....just kidding.

Sadly, being ignored in a presidential election has its benefits, as Slack pointed out....more bread & circus is available in the non-swing states, as there is no competition from the annoying, character-assassinating, political ads.

By: slacker on 10/15/12 at 8:32

So true Nemo. Having to scroll over the endless posts, of the sad old man, has driven off some of the interesting posters.

By: pswindle on 10/15/12 at 8:34

I really do not remember when TN turned red. I remember when TN would elect the best man to represent us, but all of that changed when the churches and money moved in and took over. I can't believe that TN would elect the likes of Diane Black, DesJarlais to name a few. The state legislative is beyond words. Since, that have been in charge all that they have done is take away our rights. Our Governor does not have a clue. So, I understand why TN doesn't matter in elections. I read where Beth Harwell is thinking about running for governor. Heaven help us all.

By: slacker on 10/15/12 at 8:36

Loner, Chuck Norris was sitting on top of that balloon, wearing only a ''Speedo.'' Chuck was steering it.. bejesus!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/15/12 at 8:41

It's hard to believe that TN was a blue state in the 1992 election.

By: Loner on 10/15/12 at 8:54

TN voted for McCain & Palin...no further proof of the TN electorate's gullibility, racism and general stupidity is necessary.

By: bfra on 10/15/12 at 8:59

Loner - Being a Tennessean & proud of it, except the way TN has gone in the last few elections. The McCain/Palin being the worst after Bush/Chaney.

By: Moonglow1 on 10/15/12 at 9:01

Moonglow1: No Hope for TN. I cringe when I see Romney\Ryan signs in people's yards of modest means. I understand why those occupants of million dollar plus homes in Davidson have those signs. Oh yes, the 1 % are gleeful and joyous at the ignorance of the less fortunate (or moochers) as now named by Romney Ryan) whom will vote against themselves for Romney Ryan based on falsehoods and "branding. "

On another note, I laughed when during the veep debate, the beady eyed Ryan turned to Biden and thanked him for his son's service. What disingenuous crap.

Not Ryan nor any one of the five Romney sons have served. Yet they can't wait to start a war on Israel's behalf. When you serve and returned maimed and disfigured, you too will be branded a moocher. This is the way the world works now.