Why I Can't Vote For Phil Bredesen - And Response

Monday, October 8, 2018

I voted for Phil to be our governor in 2002 and again in 2006.  He did an admirable job running the state’s government.  However, those were different times and a senator carries much different responsibilities and significance in today’s world.  

We have witnessed over the past two years and more specifically in the past two months with the Kavanaugh confirmation, our country is much more divided.  Worse, the Democrat party has become led by far-left ideologues like Chuck Schumer and Diane Feinstein who do not respect freedom, due process, or the constitution.  The Democrat rank and file follows in virtual lock step . . . and this weekend, after Kavanaugh’s confirmation on Saturday, Nancy Pelosi vowed to continue obstruction and resistance in the congress, following embarrassing false accusations simply for political reasons, denying due process, up to and including impeachment of a duly confirmed Supreme Court Justice.

In the middle of last week, polls came out showing Tennesseans overwhelmingly supported Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation.  Then on Friday as it was becoming clear that Kavanaugh would be confirmed, Phil conveniently issued a statement complete with conditions that he would support the judge’s confirmation.  I’m sorry, but I found his statement much too political, conveniently limited, and easy to reverse. 

As Senator, I believe Phil would find it too easy to succumb to the pressure of the Democrat leadership and the interests of California, the broken rust belt, and the northeast liberals.  Tennessee voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump in 2016.  Our economy is benefiting from the policies and tax reductions he and the Republican Congress has put in place.  Sure, we all wish Trump would shut the heck up and lose his twitter account; but the fragile Republican majority’s lessening of the restrictive policies and regulations Obama and the Democrats placed upon us have given us a new sense of freedom, lifted economic prospects for all people, and made it impossible to refute the economy’s success.  

Marsha Blackburn is a woman who has worked successfully in private industry, in government, and has proven conservative Tennessee values.  She has balanced her dedication to Tennessee with her role as a wife, mother, and compassionate community leader.  She is bold and has risen to leadership positions in the Congress based upon her intellect, skill, and merit.  We simply can’t take the chance the Senate would turn majority democrat.  We need a senator who can stand up to liberal and Democrat influence, uphold the constitution, and the values of Tennesseans.  That’s why I’m voting for Marsha Blackburn.

Bob Linehart

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Mr. Linehart lays out an excellent case for why I cannot vote for Phil Bredesen as well.  He was actually a decent governor whom I also voted for. I didn't agree with some things he did, but for the most part I think he was good for our state.  On the national level, though, is a whole other issue. 

I just do not believe he would not be beholding to the DNC and Schumer, Pelosi et al, especially as a junior senator, despite his claims to the contrary. The SCOTUS confirmation is a perfect example.  He danced around the question for months and when it was obvious Kavanaugh was going to be confirmed, he conveniently came out in support of his confirmation.  Sorry, Phil, but I'm not buying it.  I suspect he got permission from Schumer to do just that when it was obvious Kavanaugh was going to be confirmed.

Most of his TV ads apologize for the fact he is a Democrat.  Does anyone believe the DNC would support him if they didn't think he would tip the balance in the Senate?  We simply cannot give up the slim majority we have in the Senate to a politician who claims he would vote for Tennessee first and the Democrats second.

The polls show Marsha Blackburn with a slight advantage so perhaps most Tennessee voters are not buying off on Bredesen's carnival barker act.

I, too, will cast my vote for Marsha Blackburn.

Dennis Wooden


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