The Democratic National Committee and liberals in Washington, D.C., New York City, and San Francisco are hoping that “Pajama Gramp” Phil Bredesen will do better in the 2018 U.S. Senate race here in Tennessee than “Pajama Boy” Jon Ossoff did in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District special election back in June.
You may recall that the 30-year-old Ossoff raised well over $30 million from the liberal coastal bastions in an unsuccessful attempt to take the seat long held by Republicans away from GOP nominee Karen Handel.
Though Handel was outspent by about 6 to 1, the Democratic strategy in Georgia failed miserably, as she defeated “Pajama Boy” Ossoff by a comfortable five point margin.
Democrats are attempting to deploy that same out-of-state funding strategy in the Alabama special U.S. Senate election next Tuesday in which far left liberal Democrat Doug Jones seeks to defeat conservative Republican Roy Moore.
They’ve thrown everything but the kitchen sink at Moore — almost all the money supporting Jones’ campaign comes from out of state and some very shady money is coming in to a shell independent expenditure group that appears to be financed to the tune of $3.4 million on in-kind contributions from Washington, D.C. consulting firms run by former campaign staffers–but the latest polls show Moore in the lead by a few points.
Here in Tennessee, the most striking aspect of former Gov. Bredesen announcement released on YouTube Thursday that he is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate is just how low energy it was.
Bredesen has never been what you could call an energetic charismatic campaigner, but his announcement video…. well, it just set a new low in its lack of energy.
That passive somnabulant approach did not work very well for Jeb Bush in his failed efforts to win the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, and it does not appear to have helped Bredesen in his attempt to convince Tennessee voters he is still relevant, or even capable of handling the job.
Put aside for a minute the huge 44 year age difference between the 30-year-old Georgia “Pajama Boy” Jon Ossoff, and the 74-year-old “Pajama Gramp” Phil Bredesen.
To win, Bredesen will have to persuade at least 25 percent of the 1.6 million Tennesseans who voted for Donald Trump that he will better support the Trump agenda than long-time Trump backer Marsha Blackburn, the GOP front runner.
OK, let’s take that on.
Would Bredesen have voted to confirm constitutional originalist Neal Gorsuch to the Supreme Court?
Will Bredesen vote to confirm the next constitutional originalist President Trump nominates for the Supreme Court?
In what ways, exactly, would Phil Bredesen vote to advance the agenda of President Trump in the U.S. Senate?
The answer is obvious: In no way.
Time for “Pajama Gramp” Bredesen to return to the rocking chair on his front porch where he ventured out to make his announcement on Thursday.