By comparison, Henri Brooks decision to contest her 20-vote loss in a state Senate primary to Ophelia Ford was something of a no-brainer; anybody that close should roll the dice, and there were a couple of possible polling-place irregularities to mount a protest on.
It was a week of oddities, sort of: What else can you say about a circumstance that had local Democrats scratching their heads in confusion? Said circumstance was a puff piece in The Hill, a Washington, D.C. publication for political insiders. The puffee was one Nikki Tinker, touted by Hill author Jonathan A. Kaplan as the front-runner in the race to succeed 9th District congressman Harold Ford Jr., now a U.S. Senate candidate. Only problem: nobody in these parts could figure out at first who front-runner Tinker, billed as a corporate lawyer, was.
After a spell, it came to some not all of the puzzled ones: Tinker was the tall, slim, very pleasant young woman who had been the titular head of Rep. Fords last reelection campaign. Maybe she can develop into a true contender, maybe not, but this trickle-down launch came off as so much spin.
One more oddity: gubernatorial candidate Carl Two Feathers Whitaker, formerly an independent, has come forth as a fully-fledged Republican, with ambitions of taking on Democratic incumbent Phil Bredesen next year. Whitaker, a pillar of the right-wing Minuteman movement, is not exactly what mainstream Republicans, who still have good hopes of getting Nashville state Rep. Beth Harwell into the governors race, had in mind.