If Democrats "mixed it up" a little more, that would be progress. Let's be honest: Gov. Bredesen has not spoken with his party chair since Chip Forrester was elected by a 2:1 majority of the Executive Committee. Bredesen has been MIA - out of touch and running out of time. Meanwhile, we can thank the President and Democratic US House members for bailing out the state budget until 2010. We can all salute the governor for creating a rainy day fund and for innovative healthcare reforms that place more responsibility on consumers. However, we still have a huge gap of underinsurance and uninsurance, and we have a very unhealthy population in Tennessee relative to the number of healthcare corporations that have highly-paid executives working in the state. Gov. Bredesen isn't focusing his efforts on candidates - he's focusing his efforts on padding his own coffers and engaging in political cannibalism with his own caucus.
Gov. Bredesen looks like he's in pain on the still shot of this video. And perhaps he should be feeling a little pain. I wonder why it is that Gov. Bredesen is failing to see how his actions in 2008 contributed to problems in the Tennessee Democratic Party. Bredesen seems surprised and disappointed that the TNDP leadership didn't bend over and vote how he told them to vote. Maybe the reason is that they're sick of being underrepresented by a governor whose recent leadership has made him look more like a Republican and less like a Democrat.
Rep. Davis is especially fortunate to have been present for the inauguration of President Obama, since he had absolutely nothing to do with it. Davis should have endorsed Obama. His loss. Thankfully, they'll get to work together for the next couple years, at least.
I think Forrester's point, if you listen to the whole speech, is that, on those occasions when race-baiting, cynicism, dishonesty, or smear attacks are used by the TNGOP (and they are being used ... Sher did a pretty good job reminding us of what Corker, Hobbs, Smith, and others have done), they will be confronted and opposed. The willingness of the TNDP to allow the TNGOP to act with impunity in trying to split Clinton and Obama supporters, and trying to use division and fear as campaign tactics, has angered many national Democrats including Howard Dean and most of the Obama campaign senior staff.