Actually, I was fairly sure it wasn't, what with this not being my first barbecue and all.
However, the guys over at Flypaper Theory, the West Tennessee Liberal, the Leftwing Cracker, Polar Donkey, everyone at the Cue, and even we here at Freedonian were inundated by semi-literate rantings of people who assured us that we were going to be facing some terrible punishment for having backed anyone other than Nikki Tinker. According to these rants, we were all "anti-black woman" or intimidated by her "beauty". Click here for their “greatest hits”.
We were assured that we would be crying come August 3rd. Instead, I think I speak for all when I say that we're all exhausted from the Cohen Victory Party.
Not that it was the first one I went to, mind you. Pesky Fly, Autoegocrat, and I went to the Tinker "victory" party first.
Not every campaign I've ever been on has been a successful one. There have been a couple of times that I've been inside campaign HQ as reality set in, and it became obvious that we were going to come up short.
And that's how I recognized what I saw last night at the Tinker party. It was desperation.
It was hard to gauge exactly what was going on there at first. No one was in much of a hurry to speak to the three white guys that walked in the door, and that was fine.
But once they did, we heard the excuse-making(They dusted off that old conservative meme and blamed the media--- More on that later) and the "if these two precincts come through for us, we're still in it". Well, that and some bizarre Michael Jordan analogy that I’m sure made some sense in the guy’s head as he was coming up with it, but didn’t translate quite as well to spoken words.
We didn’t hang around for a concession speech, but we knew it was coming.
Of course, the tone at the Cohen party was decidedly more optimistic. We hadn’t been there terribly long when word reached us that Cohen had indeed won.
I don’t mind telling you that I was thrilled. All of us have watched Harold Ford Jr. creep a little further to the right with every term that he’s served, and it will be a joy to finally have a genuine progressive occupying his seat. Steve Cohen won an election last night, but the biggest winners are the people of Tennessee’s 9th District.
You have to wonder how long it will take, now that Tinker has lost this primary, to leave town. I give her six weeks.
Now, I have a little something to say to one of the Tinker partygoers from last night. I was informed that they didn’t feel like the Memphis Flyer and Jackson Baker in particular had been fair to them. So I’m going to reiterate what I said last night and expand on it.
There is a reason that people of all political stripes, be they Democrat, Republican, Green, Libertarian, white, black, or even purple speak to Jackson Baker. It is simply that he is fair to all and swayed by none. That’s how he gets the best access to the best stories--- People know they’ll be treated fairly, so they call him when they have a story to tell.
I realize that fair coverage isn’t as favorable as coverage provided by a sorority sister who used the biggest newspaper in the district as an infomercial for your campaign, slanting the coverage to make the guy that was on the receiving end of attacks from no less than five campaigns sound argumentative.
So in reality, what you wanted was not “fair” coverage--- You wanted the coverage slanted your way. A rain forest worth of mailers, an attack piece by a friendly lobby group, half a million dollars of TV time, and hit pieces by a Tinker supporter embedded in the Commercial Appeal cannot make up for the absolute lack of substance in the Tinker campaign. Television advertising is a great tool--- If you actually have something to say.
The Tinker campaign had nothing to say. So if you can’t figure out why the reporter that treats everyone fairly doesn’t cover you quite the way you want, then maybe you should look at the candidate and the campaign that’s being run.
Now, I’d like to give a shout out to Kevin, Liz, Dabney, Kate, Vanessa, Anne Marie, and John from the Cohen campaign for a very nice evening. We should hold a party like that again sometime.
How does November sound?