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Former governor and senatorial hopeful Lamar Alexander has been sounding like a broken record lately responding to opponent Bob Clement s barrage of attacks, Alexander repeats the phrase Never wrestle with a pig in the mud. You both get dirty, and the pig likes it as if the tired old saw formed the basis of the formerly plaid-clad candidate s folksy platform. While in Memphis, Alexander tooted his own horn for the temporary appointment of Tennessee s first African-American Supreme Court justice, George H Brown Jr., blasting Clement for not supporting the minority candidate in his subsequent, unsuccessful campaign for the full-time judgeship. Clement, who had no clever rural proverb with which to defend himself, might have replied, Never marry a pig wearing sexy makeup. When the makeup washes off, you re stuck kissing an ordinary pig, and the pig likes it. But, unfortunately, he didn t.

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