Jr.’s new book

Who knew that Harold Ford Jr. has written a book? Who knew that he has any wisdom to impart? Who will want to buy the thing outside of Memphis?

Ford forged ahead, however, and has come up with “More Davids Than Goliaths.” According to Bill Dries at www.memphisdailynews.com, the book will be released Aug. 10.

Surely he doesn’t consider himself a “David” but with the former congressman you never know.  Ford recounts his 2006 failed Senate campaign, his dad’s charges in the two bank fraud cases in the House, his tiff with Herenton and anecdotes about Herenton and current Congressman Steve Cohen in the tome.

There will be a book signing at Davis Kidd in East Memphis on Aug. 18.

Although he seems to feel Memphis is not a good enough home for his august presence, favoring New York, Ford is coming home to take Memphis money for his book.

Poll Dance

The most recent Mason Dixon poll of the Tennessee gubernatorial race would make it look like a Haslam victory is a certainty. In it, 36% of GOP voters in Tennessee said they would vote for Haslam; 25% for Wamp; 20% for Ramsey.

However, an article at www.mainstreetj.com has a link to an analysis by J.R. Lind of the Nashville Post that sheds some light on the race. In a survey done by the Tennessee Newspaper network, pollsters found that there was still much fluidity in the race as voters learn more about the candidates.

Ron Ramsey’s vote as a legislator for a one cent state sales tax in 2002 hurts him when voters find out about it.

Similarly, “46% of voters were less likely to vote for Bill Haslam “after allegations of gas gouging by Haslam’s family’s Pilot Travel centers in the wake of Hurricane Ike,” Lind reports. Wamp loses 37% because he voted for the 2008 bank bailout bill (TARP).

Readers question the poll’s methodology and integrity. In one I saw  only 400 people were polled and you are not told what the regional breakdown is. In our state, that’s very relevant. Another notes that Haslam has spent more than $10 million dollars but is now taking on Wamp in TV ads. That often means information from their internal polls are showing vulnerability.

As the Scott Brown race shows in Massachusetts, it’s not over til it’s over. It will be interesting to see if the election verifies or refutes polling.

Early voting

I was happy to answer “Republican” when  the registrar asked me my ballot preference for early voting at White Station Church of Christ. Despite the heat, several of our candidates including Dr. Rolando Toyos, braved the high temperatures  of the parking lot to ask entrants for their votes. It’s not easy being a politician!

Election commission officers have had heavy turnout there, lines snaking down the hall last week, they said. You can’t help but admire the high quality of  Republican candidates. They can really change Memphis for the better.

Conservatism Up Downtown

Like Midtown, Downtown has few conservatives among the many liberal Democrats.

But that isn’t stopping some residents from forming a conservative club. They are going to reach out to others downtown to discuss politics, current topics and how Memphis can be a better place.

Anyone interested in joining their group should contact Joan Schmitt at  joan1948@live.com.

Downtown Club
Starting with four members, the beginnings of a Downtown Conservative Club meet at Bluff City Coffee on Main Street.
Joan Schmitt and Marion Bailey
Joan Schmitt, left, and Marion Bailey
Linda and Maxine Street
Linda, left, and Maxine Street

It’s baaack!

According to Fox News, Democrats in the House want to bring back the public option for the Health Care bill.

Haven’t they damaged the health care system enough?

Reading J. R. Dunn in the americanthinker.com I think we are already in trouble. In his piece, “Obama’s Failed Presidency,” he  says “the sneak appointment of Donald Berwick to run the thing makes transparent a fact that was brought up continually and just as continually dismissed during the health care debate, that Obama wants a duplicate of the UK’s National Health Service, the sole British feature that he admires.

“And that’s an interesting development, because, according to studies by British Health Care specialists the NHS kills up to 95,000 patients a year through incompetence, mistakes and accidents. This number is ten times the international per capita average. It is the highest in Europe, and twice that of the U.S., a nation with six times the population.”

Ugh.I

Nice place to visit, but…

…he wouldn’t want to live here?

I’m talking about Memphis City Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash. The website www.mainstreetj.com reports that Mr. Cash rents a house in Chickasaw Gardens. According to their report his wife considers their home to be their Martha’s vineyard house.  Sounds like he’s not planning on putting down roots in Memphis.

Poll-itics

Gallup recently reported that its generic ballot poll favored Democrats by 6 points.

Seemed a little odd, since other pollsters, especially Rasmussen, had given Republicans an increasing edge.

The editors at www.redstate.com took a closer look. They say that Gallup lied about their results. When they looked into the matter they saw that Gallup had polled all adults to give the Dems a lead and polled Republicans by registered voters. So they did not use equal methods in doing their research. With the Daily Kos recent scuffle with their pollster, it’s alarming how sources like to shape their news.

Meanwhile, hotlineoncall.nationaljournal.com writer Reid Wilson reports that the Democrats aren’t disclosing their most recent House polls. The conclusion he draws is that the results must be dismal for them. Otherwise they would use the information to boost fund raising.

Also, he finds the Democratic Congressional Committe has made massive TV air buys. Wilson senses they are just as worried about incumbents as freshmen or they wouldn’t buy ads so heavily.

No Probate clerk for Shelby County?

That’s what you’d have to assume if you follow the recommendations of candidates made by the Commercial Appeal.

They didn’t have one. Nobody was their choice. Editors wrote that the Probate Court clerk race  was a choice between “relatively inexperienced candidate Paul Boyd and Democrat Sondra Becton, who worked a number of years in the office, but left county employment in 2006 under a cloud of suspicion. Boyd is a Republican party campaigner who has worked in the city trustee’s office, but he has yet to demonstrate his readiness for the important administrative position.”

So honesty does not trump alleged criminality? And having worked in the city trustee’s office is inexperience?

They continue, “Becton worked for many years in the probate court clerk’s office, unsuccessfully running for clerk in 2002 and 2006, the same year she was fired as a benefits specialist in the county’s finance department for allegedly using her position to obtain and distribute confidential information about a probate office employee – an accusation that Becton denies.”

Alleged activity, but fired all the same.

The Tennessee Bar Association in August 2006 fills in a little bit more about Becton: “accused of using her post… to find and distribute confidential info during her political campaign against incumbent clerk Chris Thomas, who won re-election. .. Becton also is accused of distributing personal information, including the Social Security number of probate court clerk office administrator Annita Hamilton.”

I won’t have trouble deciding who to vote for. I guess the Commercial Appeal would have to go kicking and screaming to back a black Republican. And, I think we need a probate court clerk.