George Will on TN Senate race: ‘Pistol-packing Republican vs. oatmeal Democrat’

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn speaks at a forum on business issues in Nashville on Aug. 15, 2018. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Washington Post columnist George Will was in Nashville last week to take in a Senate forum hosted by the Tennessee Business Roundtable, NFIB, and state Chamber of Commerce. His assessment of the race featuring Marsha Blackburn and Phil Bredesen is summed up as “Pistol-packing Republican vs. oatmeal Democrat.”

Here are some of his observations about Blackburn:

Pistol-packing Blackburn — a Smith & Wesson .38 is her preferred accoutrement — in 2009 co-sponsored a bill that would have required presidential candidates to prove they are “natural born” citizens, a propitiation of “birthers.” She promises to be a Trump stalwart, which is dandy if you think that congressional Republicans are insufficiently servile.

And this is what Will has to say about Bredesen:

If you asked central casting to find a Democrat with a contrasting political temperament, you would get Phil Bredesen. He is as exciting as oatmeal, which is said to be better for us than bacon. … A former two-term mayor of this city and former two-term governor, he is experienced in politics as well as governance, so he stresses local worries (e.g., protecting Tennessee waters from Asian carp) more than national Democrats’ current ideological flights of fancy (e.g., rehabilitating socialism’s reputation).

Former Gov. Phil Bredesen speaks at a forum on business issues in Nashville on Aug. 15, 2018. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Read the full column here:

21 Responses to George Will on TN Senate race: ‘Pistol-packing Republican vs. oatmeal Democrat’

  • Stuart I. Anderson says:

    As a matter of fact, “. . .congressional Republicans are insufficiently servile. . . .” Where the hell is that wall that the President is trying to get built with “immigration” the most important issue facing the U. S. and Republicans control of both houses of Congress?

    • MarLE says:

      Sarah Sanders declared that Trump had kept all of his promises. So, Stuart, maybe Congress is waiting on Mexico to pay for the Wall.

  • James White says:

    George Will is Deep State and has been a member of the CFR (deep deep state). So he will support the Big Government, more Laws and Regulations Blackburn.
    Not a big news item.

  • Silence Dogood says:

    George Will is not a Conservative. George Will is an elitist, like Bredesen, and he is servile to the globalist agenda. Worse than a Democrat and more dangerous.

  • Leslie Parsley says:

    Obviously, Mr. Anderson, the majority of Americans aren’t all so full of fear, hate and ignorance. They don’t support that wall or the idea of it, or the treatment of asylum seekers as if they’re hardened criminals, or yanking children away from the bosoms of their families. These true patriots either remember why we fought the fascists in WWII or they haven’t forgotten their history. They neither believe in the mythology of the current regime nor do they believe in the teachings of false prophets.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      I had no idea that we fought the fascists in WWII in order to have illegal aliens pour into this country or that “asylum seekers” who make their way through the first country that could give them safe shelter (Mexico) and are overwhelmingly economic immigrants were eligible for asylum in this country. Then again, I’m not a bleeding heart liberal whose lack of clotting factor causes my condition to obscure facts in favor of emotion.

      • MarLE says:

        What?, Stuart. You don’t support giving DACA “children, the most demanding and entitled group of immigrants America has ever known, a “Bill of Love” like our President called for? No push back by our congresswomen on this characterization of what DACA “children” deserved.

    • Silence Dogood says:

      Sorry, Ms. Parsley, you are wrong. The majority of American CITIZENS do not want unrestricted immigration and they do want a wall. My father is a WW2 vet and at 92 he has been appalled at the illegal immigration problem in this country for many years. Don’t talk about WW2 vets and what the fought for when you know nothing about them. But, see you the Polls! 😉

  • Leslie Parsley says:

    Meanwhile, if you link to Will’s column and read it in full, you might have reason to ask, “just how well does Mr. Will know Mr. Bredesen?” Not very.

  • Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Of course “. . .he stresses local worries. . .more than national Democrats’ current ideological flights of fancy” and its not because “. . .he is experienced in politics as well as governance. . .” Rather it’s part of the Bredesen campaign strategy that seems to have fooled Mr. Will. Surely you don’t have to have a political science degree from Harvard to know that it isn’t wise to go around talking about the positions of the national Democratic Party that are so out of step with the beliefs of a vast majority of Tennesseans when it is your election that will result in those very positions moving one step closer to fruition. Actually, a degree in physics will do.

    that his election will bring one step closer to controlling the U. S. Senate. You don’t have to have a political science degree from Harvard to know that going around Tennessee publicizing the fact that your election will assist Chuck Schumer to control the Senate,

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      NOTE: When editing a post to these comments it’s best not to move something out of sight that should be deleted because you will probably forget about it which will result in it getting posted much to your embarrassment and regret.

  • James White says:

    I remember in September 2007 Marsha Blackburn voted for the pork laden Transportation bill with over 4,000 earmarks at a cost of $12.4 billion.

  • Christina Norris says:

    Marsha is a tool of special interests with big dollars like Big Pharma. Phil is an independent who will do what’s right for Tennessee.

    • BK says:

      HA!!!!! Phil if elected at 76 will be the oldest “Freshman” Senator ever. And don’t bee fooled, We all were not born yesterday… Phil will do what Chucky tell him to do! HA!!!!!!

  • Eddie White says:

    How would he vote on the current Supreme Court nominee? Would he support a conservative judge to the court? Would he think that is in the “best interest “ of Tennessee? I would be much more concerned about that issue, then how Blackburn voted on a transportation bill.

    • James White says:

      I remember that Earl Warren, the main SCOTUS Chief Justice that Destroyed the constitution was nominated by a Republican. Also Warren Burger, Nixon. Also William Rehnquist, Reagan.
      All of these ‘conservative’ Chief Justices help destroy our constitution.
      SO if you are thinking to vote for a Senate candidate just because they may get to help appoint and confirm a ‘conservative’ to the court… You may want to think again.

      • Eddie White says:

        I guess life is one big risk. I will gamble on the Mississippi State grad over the Harvard grad you are helping get to Washington.

    • Tennessee Jed says:

      Kavanaugh is a political figure. Judges who come from the political world tend to view cases as partisan issues and not constitutional issues. Time and time again since being appointed to the bench, he has used his position to help big-money special interest groups that have been wrecking this country.

      I liked a lot of the potential nominees on Trump’s shortlist. Kavanaugh was the only one I really disliked.

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