Up for Debate: Haslam 2016?

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 1:26am

First: Would Gov. Bill Haslam make a good president? Second: Why or why not? Third: What have you learned from his time as governor to prove your argument?

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129 Comments on this post:

By: HoundDog on 3/6/13 at 6:05

This is a joke, right?

By: bfra on 3/6/13 at 6:08

My thoughts exactly HoundDog!

By: govskeptic on 3/6/13 at 6:10

We hear this same crap with every new governor and their possible entrance for
a Presidential race (with exception of Sunquist). With Gov. Haslam starting only
his 3rd year it's too early to tell where his political future may lead. First year a
little shaky, no surprise, but he appears to be getting the right balance going
forward for the state. Wish he would jump in for the citizens best interest and
pocketbooks a little more ie. the current argument on pole rentals for cable and
telecommunication cost. We lead another first, most expensive in nation for
cable companies on per pole cost.

By: gdiafante on 3/6/13 at 6:11

The NCP asks this all the time, they did with Bredesen too. In Haslam's case, all I can do is laugh.

By: yogiman on 3/6/13 at 6:21

Well, gdiafante,

Did you laugh when 'Barack Obama' entered the presidential race in 2007? Did you even know his name in 2007? Do you even know his legal name today? Maybe you should, politically, laugh some more since you obviously don't you know what you've got as President?

By: gdiafante on 3/6/13 at 6:34

**face wash**

By: Rasputin72 on 3/6/13 at 6:40

It appears that Haslam has made it clear that he has. no interest.

He is wise enough to know that there are too many people making 50,000 dollars a year and less for him to get enough consideration.

By: gdiafante on 3/6/13 at 6:43

**double face wash**

By: yogiman on 3/6/13 at 7:00

Is Medina NY close to you, Loner? You might enjoy going by the VFW Post there. They have a message in their sign on Barry's desire for background checks.

It's at the VFW Lincoln Post 1483 and reads:


I like it.

By: Loner on 3/6/13 at 7:01

Good morning, Nashville.

First: Second: Why or why not? Third: What have you learned from his time as governor to prove your argument?

I agree with HoundDog...this is a joke, right?

Would Gov. Bill Haslam make a good president? Yes, President of the Southern Baptists Convention or President of the Tea-Baggers for Christ....maybe President of the Sweetheart Deal Club....something along those lines, perhaps....as for POTUS, no way...he's a polarizing figure...a man in over his head...a wishy-washy figure who rules by way of cronyism....we tried that with the Bush family....NO MAS!

Gov. Haslam panicked right off the bat...he called in the SWAT teams and undercover agents when Occupy Nashville conducted their peaceful protest at the capital....he simply is not Presidential.

Haslam panics too easily. And he is a rather sleazy character....the Charter Schools fiasco is all one needs to know about to conclude that the guy is dirty and unfit for duty.

As a born-again zealot and pastor wannabe, as POTUS, Haslam would willingly and happily submit to the whims and will of our Israel overlords....Holy Wars Suck......NO MAS!

By: Loner on 3/6/13 at 7:05

My cut-paste of the original Up For Debate questions did not work very well...I have no idea why some text was left out....in any event, good morning, fellow posters.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/6/13 at 7:11

You are too stupid to think yogi.

By: yogiman on 1/26/13 at 3:13
dumba$$, you couldn't even pass a spelling test, let alone a test of intelligence.

Want to try one? Check on google or bing and take a test.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/26/13 at 3:33
I took the test yogi and a made a 100.

By: yogiman on 1/26/13 at 7:30
I feel so humiliated, dumba$$, to get beat by an idiot as ignorant as you.

Your own word says I am smarter than you, yogi.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/6/13 at 7:14

Raspy old boy if you had $50,000.

By: Loner on 3/6/13 at 7:17

Medina, NY is ten miles from Albion, NY, my home town...it's slightly larger than Albion, but Albion is the county seat of Orleans County...Albion and Medina have a fierce HS football rivalry.

Orleans County is quite backwards...mostly Republicans....very rural...no heavy industry to speak of....lots of slackjawed Appalachians have moved to Orleans County from other states.

It does not surprise me that the Medina VFW would insult the Commander-In-Chief like that....the VFW posts in Orleans County have a "no visitors" policy and one must be a combat vet to be eligible to join...thus, they are little cesspools of hate and bitterness, where alcoholic vets try to drown their sorrows.

The American Legion posts in Orleans County are more open and the atmosphere in one of those clubs is much more upbeat and positive than in the VFW clubs....the VFW boys like to brood and wallow in their own bigotry.

I'll try to check out the hate-signage....sounds like I may have to write a letter to the Editor of the Medina Journal Register.....the Medina VFW is still clinging to the birther lies.....the treasonous bastards ought to have their national charter pulled.

By: gdiafante on 3/6/13 at 7:23

I've seen that statement on the internet since 2008, Loner. Take anything the idiot says with a grain of salt.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/6/13 at 7:24

The gov is right. Haslam is still learning and he is far wiser in his second year than his first. He has not let the Tea Baggers push him around .

By: Loner on 3/6/13 at 7:27

Yogi, is this the hate site where you got that story about the Medina VFW?


By: Captain Nemo on 3/6/13 at 7:31

I find Chavez death interesting.


By: Loner on 3/6/13 at 7:32

Any VFW or Legion Post with birther signage out front ought to have its charter pulled, IMO....they are advertising the fact that they are disloyal to the Commander-In-Chief, and that they are bigots and gullible fools...the booze rotted out too many of their brain cells...pull the plug on the den of traitors....then keep tabs on the disgruntled gunners....they are armed and dangerous.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/6/13 at 7:35

The V.P. is trying to act has outrageous as Chavez, but likes popular support.


By: Loner on 3/6/13 at 7:38

The major TV news outlets did not even mention Chavez death last night....I kept switching from one to another and it was as if there had been an agreement to ignore the story....to slight the legacy of a pain in the ass....RIP Hugo Chavez.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/6/13 at 7:45

Loner, that ranks right up with the report of Big Foot news coming soon. LOL

By: govskeptic on 3/6/13 at 7:48

Loner: You should have caught the Hollywood Reporter last evening, we had
Sean Penn in virtual tears over the death of his political hero. So sad.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/6/13 at 7:48

I first hear the report on NPR, coming back form Kentucky yesterday after noon. Then later on NBC. I think they wanted to verify if first.

By: Loner on 3/6/13 at 7:49

Chavez may have been the victim of foul play....the old Polonium soup trick, perhaps. They exhumed Yasser Arafat recently, looking for traces of Polonium....the Mossad, the KGB and the CIA all know how to induce cancer, using Polonium 210....so, the conspiracy theory may not be total BS.


Depending on the dose and time of exposure, Polonium can take years to kill. As we all know, Junior Bush and Dick Cheney hated Chavez...I could believe that they would use Polonium on him....those two chickenhawks had no problems with ordering the deaths of their "enemies"....I'd say there's a 50-50 chance that Chavez was intentionally poisoned....yes, that's a SWAG...a Scientific Wild Assed Guess.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/6/13 at 7:51

Maybe with his death our relationship will improve with Venezuela.

By: Loner on 3/6/13 at 7:53

Sean Penn is a grandstanding publicity hound with an ego the size of Rhode Island....and he is just plain creepy....I distance myself from Mr. Sean Penn...no, I'm NOT with that guy.

By: Loner on 3/6/13 at 7:58

If the people of Venezuela blame the CIA for poisoning Chavez, relations with the US are not apt to improve....since the US has so much blood on its hands lately...what with the Holy Wars, the assassination squads, the drone strikes and all.... nobody would believe our denials, if we were to issue an official denial...as it is, we just won't comment.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/6/13 at 8:01

Loner I would think Cheney would want to get rid of Chavez soon than this. If this is what took place, then it could have been someone closer to him.

By: gdiafante on 3/6/13 at 8:01

"....I'd say there's a 50-50 chance that Chavez was intentionally poisoned....yes, that's a SWAG...a Scientific Wild Assed Guess.


he had cancer surgically implanted in him during one of Sean Penn's visits. Penn, being an academy award winning actor, convinced Chavez that all the Hollywood types do Peyote. But it wasn't Peyote, it was Propofol. Then, a tumor was surgically implanted. That's right, Sean Penn is a government agent. He is only acting the part of a bleeding-heart.

FYI: Sean's next gig is as American citizen Jeff Spicoli in Beijing, in order to infiltrate the massive hacking ring that has plagued our country lately.

By: yogiman on 3/6/13 at 8:01

I received that from a nephew, Loner, and I know it's a dumb question to you, but how can you support someone as your CIC who refuses to identify himself?

Again, shouldn't the President of a nation be the prime example of the common citizens of the nation for them to follow? Or should he only have to depend on dumbolcraps?

By: Loner on 3/6/13 at 8:05

Chavez was no small "d" democrat...but I did admire his chutzpah in facing up to Bush & Cheney and the War Super-Lobby....most tin-pot dictators sell their nations out to some super-power overlord, as they enrich themselves....far from perfect, Mr. Chavez was a bit more benevolent than the average run-of-the-mill South American despot....in the end he suffered....may he Rest In Peace...he was just a human being.....history will be the final judge of his legacy.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/6/13 at 8:13

LOL gdia.

I had some amusement with Chavez’s antics over the years too, Loner.

By: slacker on 3/6/13 at 8:13

I'm thinkin' Bush & Cheney.. secreted a slackjawed Appalachian into Venezuela, and implanted a case of dumb arse into poor Hugo's noggin.. much more deadly than cyanide.

By: Loner on 3/6/13 at 8:16

Again, shouldn't the President of a nation be the prime example of the common citizens of the nation for them to follow?


Yogi wants Joe-six pack as Commander-In-Chief and President of the United States of America....a common, ordinary, nondescript, average guy....in other words, a dumb shit who would be a useful idiot for the special interests.....we tried that, Yogi with Junior Bush...we are still recovering from the damage he caused.

We should demand the best and brightest in a POTUS, not your average schmuck.

Any Legion Post or VFW Post that advertises its disloyalty to the Commander-In-Chief should have its charter yanked....Certainly, it's OK to criticize the man's policies, actions and motives....but to openly deny and challenge his authority...his legitimacy... is treasonous, in my view.

By: gdiafante on 3/6/13 at 8:18

I had no idea that yogi had been to Venezuela, slack.

By: yogiman on 3/6/13 at 8:18

Another little email my nephew sent me, Loner. It looks like Barry didn't read his Obamacare bill before he signed it.

It looks like Harry Reid did us a favor when he thought he was keeping the NRA out of the picture. He put an amendment into the Obamacare bill about requiring registration of your firearms per amendment 3276, Sec.2716, part c.

By: Loner on 3/6/13 at 8:20

Slack! Dammit, we needed that one-liner right then...your timing is impeccable, sir....Bravo!

By: Captain Nemo on 3/6/13 at 8:23

Uncle yogi is so easy to fool. He can see a dog crap and think that it was a gun shoot.

Dull Wade-

By: Loner on 3/6/13 at 8:24

The wind-up....the pitch.....

"Polonium-stained, slackjawed Appalachian with a phony Venezuelan accent fumbles his way into a gay piano bar...."

By: gdiafante on 3/6/13 at 8:25

Um...firearms should be registered...and I suppose your point would be that Obama, being part of a worldwide conspiracy to repeal the 2nd amendment in order to institute a one-world government with himself as the head, neglected to remove that particular section, thus circumventing his own agenda...

Or...he doesn't want to repeal the 2nd amendment and this is a non-issue to non-conspiracy minded (normal) people.

I like the second option.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/6/13 at 8:29

I took a look back and slacker is brilliant.

By: yogiman on 3/6/13 at 8:32

As a life time member of the VFW and American Legion, Loner, I can assure you those organizations have no intention of criticizing a President without cause. But we feel it is normal for normal Americans to want to know who is sitting in our Oval Office. And when that's a man who refuses to identify himself, hell yes, we feel justified to want to know.

And we still consider the oath we all swore to uphold to protect our nation when we went in the services. Apparently you and gdiafante didn't take the same oath when you went in.

If you did, you would also want to know who the man actually is other than who he says he is.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/6/13 at 8:34

Are you sure that you are not seeing UFO’s again yogi.

By: gdiafante on 3/6/13 at 8:35

Yogi, you're such a lying sack of sh!t.

By: slacker on 3/6/13 at 8:35

yogi, go feed the animals, and walk the dog. I'm serious Mister!

By: Loner on 3/6/13 at 8:39

Registering firearms is a good idea for several reasons, not the least of which is that when a gun is used to commit a crime and the weapon is located and used as evidence, the provenance (history) of the gun can be traced...this is an extremely valuable law-enforcement tool....it gives justice a fighting chance to succeed.

We register motor vehicles...both on road and off road....for plenty of good reasons...seems only prudent to register firearms too, especially the semi-automatics with large magazine capability....full-automatics are already banned and we seem to have survived as a culture, despite the ban on civilian-owned machine guns....we ought to at least register the semis, IMO....that won't gut the 2nd amendment, as the NRA claims.....it is just common sense....at close range, they can be almost as lethal as the full auto.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/6/13 at 8:40

yogi, the snow in your yard is really government spy flakes.

By: BenDover on 3/6/13 at 8:41

Populist People's President Chavez skimmed $2Billion off of the carcasses of the nationalized oil industry that was stolen mainly from US Oil companies and then run into the ground as is the norm for such dictators and their spoils.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/6/13 at 8:47

Aloha Ben! Are you home now are still getting that tan?