Confehr: Meet Rep. Black, but not Joe Black

Friday, October 8, 2010

You may not remember the 1998 movie "Meet Joe Black" in which "a media mogul acts as a guide to Death, who takes the form of a young man to learn about life on Earth," according to a synopsis.

There's not too much of a comparison here, but state Sen. Diane Black (R-Gallatin) has emerged as the Princess of Darkness for Bret Carter's campaign to succeed Congressman Bart Gordon and keep Tennessee's 6th Congressional District part of a Democratic House.

And it appears the Associated Press has proof in Democratic Party spending plans.

Democrats have all but written off at least six House seats and the one in Tennessee includes Marshall County, now represented by Gordon who's retiring after nearly a quarter century in office, AP reported. It found the Democratic Party has no advertising plans in the 6th District.

No one doubts that Democrats will lose seats in the House and Senate, AP reports. The question is how many.

The GOP jumped on the report even though it included some qualifiers: The situation remains fluid.

While Brett Carter fights to convince voters he still has a chance, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has a more realistic view of its lack of opportunities in the Volunteer State, Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney said. "Decades of Democrat control in these districts is coming to an end and Democrats on the national level recognize their resources would be better spent elsewhere."

They're talking about TV commercials. There are other options. Whatever happened to low budget, high comedy spots produced like a commercial and sent around the world on the Internet, like a YouTube shot across the bow? Maybe you've seen the dog that won't eat Obama food. Then there's Budweiser's "swear jar" in an office, supposedly suppressing foul language by requiring a quarter for every curse, but the coins only raise money for a beer party.

The Marshall County Tribune and similar newspapers offer a well-targeted way to reach voters in counties that Carter and Black would represent, but obviously we have a dog in that hunt, so we'll move on.

There's also a barrage of e-mailed press releases from the candidates' camps. One from Carter's office talks about the "glaring hypocrisy of Diane Black's new ad" showing her discussing the national debt that every young American will inherit from previous generations.

Apparently, we all owe a $43,000 share of the national debt. Carter's camp also says that before Black's party took power, there was an annual budget surplus and we were reducing the national debt.

Social spending has been targeted by Black. Federal spending on Head Start is one place, she said, explaining it's not made a difference. Black has an alternative based on her experience as a nurse. It's personal counseling with advice on personal responsibility.

Ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan would reduce spending and free money to repay debt.

It's also a way to choose life.

Regardless of your position, you should vote. Early voting starts Monday.

These views are the author's and not necessarily reflective of the Tribune's views.