I’ve been sitting on this one for a few days. A few months actually. Look for TN Gov. Phil Bredesen to make a run for the Democratic nomination for president in ’08. He’s a fiscal conservative and frankly, a better budget trimmer than his predecessor Gov. Don Sundquist, a so-called Republican. He’s also closed a loop hole that allowed illegal aliens — ahem, potential terrorists — to get TN drivers licenses.
He’s slashing TennCare, a taxpayer-sucking medical benefits debacle that began under Democratic Gov. Ned McWherter’s administration. Hillary Clinton was in close contact with McWherter as she drafted her plan to nationalize healthcare when her husband was in the White House. Thankfully, the idea flopped, and the U.S. isn’t in the fiscal shape TN was in when Bredesen took over.
Bredesen is a red-state Democrat who knows how to win over voters from both parties. Bush may have swept the South in ’04 but the GOP needs to realize that no-nonsense fiscal conservatives like Bredesen may indeed inspire a party-switch among Republicans unhappy with Bush’s domestic agenda and approach to securing the Homeland against terrorism. If Hillary’s smart, she’ll use Bredesen as an ally. If Republicans are smart, they’ll ditch the moderate agenda and begin acting like the conservatives their voters want them to be.
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