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A Little Plaid Revision

On his Little Plaid Blog, Lamar Alexander has lately been chronicling his statewide bus tour in search of a magical third term.

The blog’s name is a reference to Lamar Alexander’s Little Plaid Book, which the former Tennessee governor and incumbent Republican U.S. senator penned in 1998. (Note: You can buy a “like new” used copy on Amazon for as little as $58.67.)

The pithy subtitle to the slim volume is, “311 rules, reminders, and lessons about running for office and making a difference, whether it’s for president of the United States or president of your senior class.”

You’ll observe that the subordinate heading doesn’t in fact specify that the rules outlined between the tract’s tartan covers apply to U.S. senators, per se.

Little plaid bookAnd that’s good, because otherwise the distinguished Washington insider renowned for bipartisan wheeling and dealing might have difficulty giving plausible grounds for why seeking another stint in the august halls of the nation’s Capitol doesn’t contravene LPB Rule 297, which declares, “Serve two terms and get out.”

Back in the 1980s, though, “that’s exactly what I did as governor,” Alexander said following an early morning rally Wednesday in Chattanooga.

But Tennessee’s senior senator cautioned against literalism when interpreting ancient texts. “I wrote the book in the 1990s,” he said.

It should be noted that another little compilation of political wisdom and reminders for holders and seekers of government office has been floating around Tennessee in recognizable form since the Seventies — the 1870s, that is. Its Article III, Section 4 proclaims that this state’s governors must leave office after two consecutive terms.

To be sure, it is intriguing to contemplate how events might have transpired if Alexander would have attempted to stay in office longer than the time specified under the law. Maybe Keel Hunt ought to try his hand at historical fiction.

Like the Volunteer State’s constitution, Alexander said his Little Plaid Book may occasionally need updating.  This year, he’s thinking of adding a new rule to the list.

“Rule 312 — it’s going to be, ‘If you hear anything new about a candidate for the United States Senate in the last few days before the election, don’t believe any of it,'” Alexander said.

Sage judgment, indeed, senator. But why fuss with that sublime subtitle in any way? Just swap in the new rule in place of an old one that, for whatever reason, is no longer applicable. Who’s going to notice?

Press Releases

BEAT LAMAR Announces 5 of 10 Regional Coordinators for New 10-10-10 Plan

Press release from the BEAT LAMAR campaign; October 14, 2013:

Spring Hill, TN—BEAT LAMAR has hired five of the ten Regional Coordinators that will lead the group’s 10-10-10 conservative ground game plan to get-out-the-vote for Joe Carr’s victory over Lamar Alexander in the August 2014 Republican Senate primary.

“Herman Cain had his 9-9-9 plan. BEAT LAMAR has our 10-10-10 plan,” said Michael Patrick Leahy, co-founder of BEAT LAMAR.

“750,000 votes will be cast in the August 2014 Republican primary,” Leahy explained. “Our 10-10-10 plan will get the 375,001 votes Joe Carr needs to beat Lamar Alexander with 10 BEAT LAMAR Regional Coordinators on our paid staff, each of whom will work with 10 BEAT LAMAR Volunteer Leaders in their region. These Volunteer Leaders, in turn will work with at least 10 BEAT LAMAR Volunteer door-to-door canvassers in their local community.”

“With 1,000 BEAT LAMAR Volunteer door-to-door canvassers across the state of Tennessee, each responsible for bringing 375 voters in their voting district to the polls for Joe Carr on primary day in August 2014, we’ll get those 375,001 votes needed to beat Lamar Alexander,” Leahy added.

Leahy announced the names of the five BEAT LAMAR Regional Coordinators:

“Kelly Turberville, who travelled to Ohio in 2012 to knock on doors for Mitt Romney, will be our Northern Middle Tennessee Regional Coordinator. Kelly’s husband has been in the Army for 28 years and is currently serving in Afghanistan. Kelly is based on Clarksville.

“Michele Waddell, who worked getting-out-the-vote for the 2012 Romney campaign in Florida, will be our Chattanooga Regional Coordinator. Michele is a graduate of Belmont and Liberty University Law School.

“Tina Ferguson, who was a leader in the 2012 Volunteers for Virginia project that helped get-out-the vote for Romney in the Commonwealth of Virginia, will be our Southern Middle Tennessee Regional Coordinator. Tina is based in Williamson County.

“Bethany Littleford, a volunteer leader in the 2012 Rick Santorum campaign, will be our East Tennessee Regional Coordinator. Bethany is based in Johnson City.

“Lucas Hutchinson, a student at the University of Tennessee at Martin and experienced BEAT LAMAR door-to-door canvasser, will be our North West Tennessee Regional Coordinator.”

At 9 am on Saturday October 19 these Regional Coordinators, along with five additional Regional Coordinators in Knoxville, Cookeville, Memphis, Jackson, and South West Tennessee whose names will be announced later this week, will host meetings in ten locations around the state to launch the first BEAT LAMAR & VOTE FOR JOE CARR Volunteer Day.

BEAT LAMAR is a project of the Real Conservatives National Committee, an independent expenditure Super PAC located in Spring Hill, Tennessee, that focuses on the development of a conservative ground game infrastructure. Michael Patrick Leahy and Lorie Medina are its co-founders.