Tuesday, August 11, 2015

So who will win the runoff for Mayor of Nashville?

We have a runoff between Megan Barry a left leaning city councilwoman and David Fox who is from the more conservative republican side of things.  Mr Fox came out of no where in mid June to secure a spot in this runoff and so did Barry as well.  They were both polling in the low single digits and were drastically outspent by Bill Freesman, Linda Rebrovick and Charles Robert Bone. But they both beat the odds in the end and made it into the runoff.  So who will win this race next month?  I think you have to give the edge to Ms. Barry at this time.  President Obama carried Nashville/Davidson County both times that he ran for President and to be honest the GOP has never won a major office such as Mayor in this county.  So the democrats and Ms. Barry have all these built in edges.  But I wouldn't write off Mr Fox just yet.  He's ran his campaign so far on what he calls the small stuff such as more sidewalks, improving traffic and ways of getting water. That kind of message appeals across both parties.  Ms. Barry though has  run a hard left campaign so far revolving around increasing the minimum wage, talking gay marriage and improving the pay of women in the city.  In the end I believe the only way Mr. Fox wins is if his message prevails and its mixed with some leftover bitterness among the supporters of Bill Freeman, Mr. Bone and Howard Gentry.  The partisan democrat leaning history of Davidson County is too much to overcome otherwise...

Friday, August 7, 2015

Its a rich man's world and we're just living in it

A lot of people are debating who won the first republican presidential debate last night.  While I would love for Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio to ultimately be the GOP nominee for President.  I think in the end this will come down to the way it is with pretty much everything else in life.  The richest person in a battle nearly always wins and in this case that means either Trump or Jeb Bush will likely win the republican nomination for President in the end.  What you'll be seeing today from the other 15 candidates is just a sideshow, money makes the world go around and thats especially true in national politics.  Its essentially the political version of mother's milk,  if you don't have it starting out then your time is very short unfortunately and the other fifteen candidates just don't have it...