Republicans can thank President Barack Obama for the party’s solid control of the Tennessee Legislature, starting with his appearance at the top of the national Democratic ticket in 2008 — after losing the state’s presidential primary even among Democratic voters — and continuing in more dramatic fashion in 2010.
The ads pictured Obama side by side with the designated target Democratic legislator. And it seems they were very effective, though you have to wonder if they were really even necessary, given the animosity most voting Tennesseans seemed to have toward Obama.
Consider, for example, Jim Summerville, who was rated by all pundits and professional politicians of both parties as a no-hope candidate in 2010. An obscure adjunct professor at Austin Peay State University, he was the only person to file against veteran Democratic Sen. Doug Jackson of Dickson.
Jackson was one of those guys who called himself “a conservative, pro-business Democrat.” He was sponsor of the so-called “guns in bars bill” that liberals hated, for example. He considered Summerville of no consequence, took a fishing trip to Alaska during the campaign season and left thousands of dollars unspent in his campaign account…
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