I find the Tea Party ads criticizing Senator Alexander for not doing anything rather amusing. The Tea Party of which I am not a member has some very good ideas but evidently their members aren't very proficient in math. For the last eight years the Republicans have been in the Minority in the Senate and for the last six years there has been a Democrat community organizer in the White House. It is rather difficult for a senator in the Minority in the Senate with an opposition President to accomplish very much.
And one of the reasons the Republicans have been in the minority is because of the clowns the Tea Party has supported in the last four years. In 2010 we could have beaten Harry Reid with a post in Nevada. But the Tea Party nominated Sharron Angle whose most memorable quote was it was not her job as a senator to bring high-paying jobs to Nevada. Hello, Majority Leader Reid.
Same in Delaware where instead of the very capable Mike Castle, the Tea Party nominated Christine O'Donnell, whose biggest claim to fame was that she was a witch. And let's not forget the two gynecological experts, Akin in Missouri and Mourdoch in Indiana, who blew double digit leads with their ignorant rape comments.
If you add these four states to the Republican column and the possibility that Manchin from West Virginia and King from Maine would have switched parties and Lamar could very well be a committee chairman in the Majority right now. Lamar was the single most responsible person for Nissan coming to Middle Tennessee in the early 80s and creating the wave of car plants in Tennessee and the southeast. He improved education in Tennessee after taking over from Ray Blanton and ran the state in a fiscally conservative manner.
Lamar has shown he can accomplish a lot when he has the chance. So do you want a former governor and president of the University of Tennessee or a consultant who can't even fill out his campaign disclosure form correctly representing you in the U.S. Senate?