Marsha Blackburn: On the Case and On the Road

Posted by Jackson Baker on Fri, Jul 9, 2010 at 11:17 PM

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn in Memphis on Thursday
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  • U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn in Memphis on Thursday
“I think it’s interesting that to challenge me, they [Democrats] had to go to somebody in Connecticut”: That was 7th District Republican congresswoman Marsha Blackburn’s tack Thursday on her presumptive Democratic opponent, Greg Rabidoux, and that’s seemingly about as far as she wants to go — for public consumption, anyhow —in commenting on her opponent.

The reference to Connecticut is to the home state of Rabidoux, a professor of politics and law at Austin Peay University in Clarksville, and a bona fide Tennessean these days.

Whether he’s a bona fide candidate as well is another matter. The under-funded Rabidoux is still a relative unknown in most of the sprawling 7th District, which spans from the suburbs of Memphis to those of Nashville and takes in 15 counties. Rabidoux has circulated an Internet ad — a rudimentary piece of graphics attacking Blackburn for her alleged ties to Big Oil — and local supporters are trying to disseminate some yard signs and bumper stickers.

Blackburn, meanwhile, like her ideological opposite number and neighboring congressman, Steve Cohen of the 9th Congressional District, has money, all the advantages of incumbency, and something of a national celebrity. She is an assistant GOP whip in the House of Representatives and a frequent interviewee on national TV talk shows.

For much of Thursday her mission was to use her celebrity on behalf of other Republican candidates for Congress. She introduced Alan Nunnelee, a candidate in Mississippi’s First Congressional district, at a luncheon at the Chickasaw Country Club, then whisked over to Jonesboro to give a helping hand to Rick Crawford, a candidate in Arkansas’s First Congressional District.

All the while, Blackburn says, she stays in touch with her own 7th District — partly through visits and forums and partly through what she calls “freedom networking” via Facebook and her congressional newsletter and other means.

She is absolutely certain that her advocacy of limited government and minimal spending accurately reflects the sentiments of the district. She vaunts her opposition to every stimulus plan and bailout, those of George W. Bush as well as those proposed by Barack Obama. “I’ve been against pre-TARP, TARP, and Son of TARP,” she quips — the acronym TARP standing for “Troubled Asset Relief Program.”

Blackburn warns about a federal deficit over $ 1 ½ trillion and a federal debt that’s risen to $15 trillion, and she maintains that “small business” is being strangled by “bureaucracy, rules and regulations.”

She notes that the five-percent across-the-board spending cuts that she advocated as a state senator in 2002 were considered extreme at the time but were exceeded by the nine-percent cuts finally enacted by Democratic governor Phil Bredesen, who took office later that year. And she now has active proposals in the U.S. House for across-the-board cuts in federal spending.

She doesn’t anticipate getting them to the floor with Democrat Nancy Pelosi of California as Speaker of the House. And that’s one reason she’s willing to put herself on the line in swing districts like the ones in Arkansas and Mississippi.

“In eight years I haven’t had a week off, and very seldom do I take a day off,” said Blackburn, who went on to calculate that she had done something related to her job or to her ideological mission every single day during the previous eight months.

As recently as 2006, Blackburn won a national political website’s online poll and was designated “the Hottest Woman in U.S. Politics.”; For all that, and for all her current activity, she didn’t get a mention in the July 3 issue of Newsweek, which featured South Carolina Republican gubernatorial nominee Nikki Haley and, in a sidebar, cited several other exemplars of the “the supposed hotness of Republican women.”
But friends and foes alike should take note: Marsha Blackburn is still on the case.

Blackburn with Nunnelee at Chickasaw Country Club
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  • Blackburn with Nunnelee at Chickasaw Country Club

Comments (14)

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Can we please refrain from using the word whip in any article about Marsha, Marsha, Marsha? The images that come to mind are very, very disturbing.

Posted by mad_merc on 07/10/2010 at 1:28 AM

Republicans seem to go for bimbos as their politicians. It really doesn't matter how stupid they are, as long as they're easy on the eye.

Blackburn, Palin, Bachman, etc. don't have much competition by that yardstick. I mean, have you ever gotten a load of folks like Rosa DeLauro or Barbara Mikulski, both of whom are head-and-shoulders smarter than any of the Republican bimbos, but neither of whom is going to win any beauty contests. Same, by the way, for Mary Landrieu (one of the competitors in the "contest" this piece links to), who is looking, recently, more and more like she was the model for Kermit the Frog's girlfriend.

By the way, the same can be said for male politicians: once again, Republicans seem to go for bimbos. How else to explain Eric Cantor, John Boehner, Scott Brown or John Thune?

Posted by M_Awesomeberg on 07/10/2010 at 10:24 AM

“In eight years I haven’t had a week off, and very seldom do I take a day off,”

It is hard work selling out the interests of your constituents.

Has Marsha started hanging out with her buddy Mark Foley again? They were pretty good buddies until his congressional page dust up.

Posted by Doubting Thomas on 07/10/2010 at 10:49 AM

Marsha Blackburn Voted FOR:
Omnibus Appropriations, Special Education, Global AIDS Initiative, Job Training, Unemployment Benefits, Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations, Agriculture Appropriations, U.S.-Singapore Trade, U.S.-Chile Trade, Supplemental Spending for Iraq & Afghanistan, Prescription Drug Benefit, Child Nutrition Programs, Surface Transportation, Job Training and Worker Services, Agriculture Appropriations, Foreign Aid, Vocational/Technical Training, Supplemental Appropriations, UN “Reforms.” Patriot Act Reauthorization, CAFTA, Katrina Hurricane-relief Appropriations, Head Start Funding, Line-item Rescission, Oman Trade Agreement, Military Tribunals, Electronic Surveillance, Head Start Funding, COPS Funding, Funding the REAL ID Act (National ID), Foreign Intelligence Surveillance, Thought Crimes “Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, Peru Free Trade Agreement, Economic Stimulus, Farm Bill (Veto Override), Warrantless Searches, Employee Verification Program, Body Imaging Screening.

Marsha Blackburn Voted AGAINST:
Ban on UN Contributions, eliminate Millennium Challenge Account, WTO Withdrawal, UN Dues Decrease, Defunding the NAIS, Iran Military Operations defunding Iraq Troop Withdrawal, congress authorization of Iran Military Operations.

Marsha Blackburn is my Congressman.
See her unconstitutional votes at :…

Posted by MickeyWhite on 07/10/2010 at 11:08 AM

Marsha, Please take a week off, take two. take the rest of the year off. Marsha Please Resign!

Posted by MickeyWhite on 07/10/2010 at 11:10 AM

Marsha is also not a native Tennessean. She is from Mississippi. I will not argue whether Blackburn has taken a day off or not, but at the same time that Tennesseans were helping each other recover from a devastating flood, she was at a $1000 "spa day" fundraiser in Washington. I guess she was "technically" working.

Posted by Leigh on 07/10/2010 at 7:19 PM

This woman does not represent me....she is the only all no vote for everything except for those items that feather her nest....please, our district, look at who you are sending to Congress...and think.....Marsha, Marsha, Marsha or Greg....he is the best....Anne Wallace Crighton

Posted by Hardeman County Rabidoux Fan on 07/10/2010 at 9:31 PM

and Joe Biden is a Rhodes Scholar!

Posted by Tommy Volinchak on 07/10/2010 at 10:20 PM

Congress Woman Marsha Blackburn and the GOP is unable and unwilling to have a serious conversation with Americans about the fix we are in. she and the radical Republicans don't have a plan for the environment they just have different priorities. They want to keep big Business and wealthy corporations in Control. They would make deep cuts for oversight and research. They'd spend more on the military and even less on domestic investments. Republicans don't have a policy, they have a position. GO RUBIDOUX!!!!

Posted by almcnairy on 07/10/2010 at 10:45 PM

Baker is right, Rabidoux's ads are rudimentary and I bet real cheap
to make. I'd rather see a candidate though focus on message and not
waste millions of voter dollars on some high priced consultant or
pricey ad firm. The message not the money spent is what counts. Or
have we all become numb to the hundreds of millions politicians spend
these days? Marsha is in bed with big oil and Greg will fight for us.
That truth is priceless in itself.

Posted by Ashley73 on 07/11/2010 at 2:16 PM

Hey, TV: How many Rhodes Scholars did Youngstown State produce? How's that glass house of yours holding up?

Posted by M_Awesomeberg on 07/12/2010 at 11:27 AM

I guess being from Connecticut makes him one of them educated elite - and, worse, a yankee!!

Posted by cdel on 07/12/2010 at 11:52 AM

Just like an elderly gentleman in Decatur Co. said a few months ago, "The good doctor don't talk like us, but he talks a whole lot more like us than Marsha Blackburn does." Greg will work for us---all of us. Marsha is beholden to her big oil, big pharma, big business contributors.

Posted by redbone on 07/14/2010 at 9:33 PM

Marsha only says she works every day for IRS purposes. That allows her to write everything off as a business expense.

The 7th distict needs to be redrawn. It's a string of Republican pearls.

Posted by Jeff on 07/15/2010 at 8:54 AM
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