November 10, 2006
Independence for All the Wrong Reasons
It can't be for any other reason than a plan to support Lt. Gov. John Wilder in yet another term. By way of Kleinheider, we hear that Sen. Mike Williams is considering changing his official party affiliation to Independent (which technically, I know, isn't an affiliation).
I like independents. I have, for most of my life, been a "My Way" kinda guy. Finding one's independence is akin to discovering oxygen. But there are some recent divorces from political parties that fail to indicate the above ideal. Some may cite Connecticut U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman's, and I'd not argue much; but surely Jake Ford, way the loser in Tuesday's Ninth District Congressional race, offers such an example.
So, too, is Williams' projected departure. I admit that if I were in his shoes and had to choose between doddering Wilder and right-wing Ramsey, my choice would be described as "who would do the least worst for the citizens of Tennessee." But I'd hate to think that one could honestly answer that with "John Wilder." (Take heed, Democrats.)
Maybe I'll be convinced to see this a different way. Feel free to chime in with your most reasonable efforts.
UPDATE: There's a good bit of conversation and speculation at the Tennessee Politics Blog regarding the State Senate vote in light of Steve Cohen's impending resignation (due to his victorious election to the US House).
State Senate Elections | By joe lance | 11:48 AM