You can fool some of the people all of the time, all of the people some of the time, but you can't fool a Tennessee voter! Been tried before. Clinton couldn't carry the state in either election in spite of his VP (Gore) allegedly being from Tennessee. Gore also couldn't win here and neither could John Kerry (who, by the way, suffers from terminal foot-in-mouth disease).
I watched Chris Clark's (Channel 50) election coverage for local results and Fox News Channel (of course) for the national results. I found it amusing (to a point) to watch Clark try to control his giddiness everytime he reminded us that the Corker/Ford votes hadn't been counted yet in Shelby County, which was just about whenever his mouth was moving. We all have to hang on to our dreams and he obviously dreams about Harold Ford.
I have to wonder why Ted Kennedy and John Kerry gave Ford a cool million dollars for his campaign. Afterall, Harold has sounded almost like a right wing conservative these past few weeks. Doesn't make sense, unless...you don't suppose Harold was being disingenuous just to win an election, do you?
As I write this Corker is leading Ford by a 52% to 47% margin. Let's hope his lead holds up (oh, was I supposed to be non-partisan?).
On a different note, it looks like the marriage amendment passed with flying colors, sending a very strong message to those on the left that Tennessee just ain't much interested in their secular progressive agenda.
On the national scene, anyone who thought the House and Senate would not fall to the Democrats just ain't been paying attention. It is too soon, as I write this (deadline issue), to know just how it will play out, but it's a foregone conclusion that in a 'sixth-year' election it is pretty much a historic fact that there will be a change of power.
If there is good news here, it is that most of the new Democrats are moderate to conservative and should not fall prey to the radical, liberal anti-Bush movement. That in spite of the fact that Nancy Pelosi will no doubt become Speaker of the House.
The bottom line: The Republicans have brought this on themselves. The vote reflects the strong dissatisfaction this nation feels about Iraq, illegal aliens, etc. The Republicans have done nothing to change this mood, and all the Democrats had to do was 'fan the flames' of discontent. They return to power with no message, no plan, and no solutions. Unless a new spirit of bi-partisanship develops, we all stand to lose. Big time.