"When he comes to Tennessee, we'll have every significant Democrat running at the event, unless they don't want to be there, and they are crazy if they don't want to be there," said Bob Tuke, a candidate for U.S. Senate and former Tennessee Democratic Party chairman.
Mr. Tuke, running against Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, said his typical campaign events can draw a few hundred people. "And there's no question if Barack Obama comes, you move an expectation of a crowd from several hundred to in the thousands," he said.
He said when Mr. Obama campaigned for then-Rep. Harold E. Ford Jr. in 2006 in the latter's Senate bid, he drew 3,000 to the Nashville Courthouse.
"He brings an aura and an excitement to any event that we haven't seen in a long time," Mr. Tuke said.
The real surge is the Obama Surge.
It is almost pitifully funny, the wingnut talking points (read: BS)that get tossed around when discussing Obama and his chances. Poor Fred Hobbs crass statements are the least of them. It doesn't take too much factual knowlege to shoot down any of them and Obama has put up a "Fight the Smears" web site that neatly dismisses the slander. But there one thing that always sits in the room when folks discuss Obama, and that is Race. I always hear some version of, "People just won't vote for a Black Man."
The fact that Obama overwhelmingly won a number of "white" primary states doesn't seem to dent that fallacy in some folks heads so I speak to the part of their brains that still works somewhat. I have decided to use Obama's multi racial heritage to his advantage. If a person wonders about "voting for a black man" I just come back with, "Well...Why don't you just vote for the white half?"
Barack Hussein Obama is going to be the next President. Al Gore knows it, and (it's about time) he said so last night.
So, People get ready...There's a train coming. I want a window seat as close to the engine I can get.