published Saturday, January 15th, 2011

The Exit

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The son of a career army officer, Bennett led a nomadic life, attending ten different schools before graduating in 1980 from the University of North Alabama with degrees in Art and History. After brief stints as a staff artist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Fayetteville (NC) Times, he went on to serve as the editorial cartoonist for the St. Petersburg Times (1981-1994) and The Christian Science Monitor (1997-2007), before joining the staff of the ...

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fairmon said...

I agree. He has done an outstanding job. When one considers the legislators we gave him to work with it is no less than amazing that he did so well. An improving economy and jobs are the only hope some states have to avoid defaulting on their debt. Tennessee faces enormous economic challenges if jobs and the resulting tax revenue do not soon increase.

January 15, 2011 at 5:54 a.m.
EaTn said...

Bredesen has been the sanity check in our state government for eight years. Haslam will have a greater challenge keeping his party in line based on the ridiculous bills they've birthed the last couple years.

January 15, 2011 at 7:04 a.m.
Francis said...

i think bredeson did a great job. it's hard to believe he belongs to the same party that is run by loons and radicals at the top. obama couldn't carry bredeson's socks. if the democrat party would've run him for president instead of obama how much better shape would we be in economically? he has people skills, worked with people instead of dividing them, signed the front of checks and was a successful businessman.....everything obama isnt'.

in this cartoon bennett makes bredeson look like the phantom of the opera in the old movie from the 1920's..i think it was.

January 15, 2011 at 7:47 a.m.
IkeConn said...

I'm glad he is gone. He is the twit that jacked up our cigarette prices with a sin tax and then when we drove across state lines to beat the price increase he sent out goons to try and catch us buying cheap smokes. Good riddance to yet another nanny state politico...and I'm a Democrat.

January 15, 2011 at 8:21 a.m.
EaTn said...

IkeConn-- I don't agree with you, but do I think a person who stands up and speaks his mind for what's important in his life be heard.

January 15, 2011 at 8:30 a.m.
woody said...

Francis..I believe the quality you admired in Bredesen, which you might have thought separated him from all the rest, was common sense. It's no wonder you didn't recognize it.. one would have to know what it looked and or felt like in order to be familiar with it.

Mr. Haslam is a businessman, like his predecessor, and, I feel, also has a "common sense" factor in his genes. Granted "common sense" isn't widely employed by politicians but when it is they can usually do 'wondermous things.

Phil is it's up to Bill.

Fingers crossed, Woody

January 15, 2011 at 8:31 a.m.
OllieH said...


I, for one, think the caricature of Bredesen is pretty good. Although he has been a great governor, he has never been a handsome man-

Phil Bredesen has done a great job over the past eight years, and will be sorely missed.

January 15, 2011 at 9:45 a.m.
Francis said...

looks like you're begging for a fight woody.....the proper response to an out and out put down like that is to say to you ... * my .......

since you feel it necessary to take the popular route right off the bat by attacking my be it..

common sense does seperate him from someone like obama...which is my point...bredeson is a democrat, but it makes no difference to me as long as he displays common sense and is fiscally responsible....he's much better with money than many republicans who very much helped to cause the economic mess we're in now..along with the usual suspects in the democrat party.

ikeconn has a legitimate beef...but, compared to most dems on the state and national level...he's much more restrained and does display empathy for the tax payers.

January 15, 2011 at 10:17 a.m.
woody said...

No need to fight Francis..the chances of us ever meeting is unlikely, to say the least. However, if you were thinking of a "war of words". I believe you to be lacking in ammunition.

I mean you can't even spell the man's name correctly (it's BREDESEN!!)

And yet, you did say something nice about a Democrat today, so I'll 'bow' to your temporary insanity and let it go at that...

God loves us all, Woody

January 15, 2011 at 11:34 a.m.
Francis said...'re arrogant......i posted a comment which in no way required the response you gave. regarding a "war of words"......i'm quaking in my chair.. not....i couldn't care less about my spelling on here or i said many times before. are you grading me?

i said something nice about bredesen, ..not democrats in general. bredesen did what a smart and competant public servant would do. that's what sep- erates him from most of the democrat paty.

you picked a fight..not me. as far as meeting in person brought that up..not me. you seem to be in cranky mood this morning. i suggest a good nap.

i have very little good to say about the democrat party....they're radicals, bullies, disrespectful of the constitution, elitest, loose with tax payer dollars and look at the citizenry as something to be man- ipulated. i have very little good to say about the republican party....even though i've voted republican most of the time....

i've been critical of both parties.....i suggest you clean the wax out of your ears.

the problem with you and many others on here is that you don't like those who declare them- selves to be conservative.......i don't like liberal philosophy, i don't liberal policies and i don't like the way liberals are so eager to suspend freedom, trample on the constitution and silence anyone who disagrees with we just witnessed in the wake of the arizona shootings.

now feel free to count up all the misspellings and gramatical errors in my post. have fun with that.

i'm sure your well crafted posts, with your perfect spelling, grammar and remarkable insight, will be archived in the hall of fame of internet forums like this one....for all to read.

January 15, 2011 at 1:40 p.m.
cannonball said...

Good one Clay! It's been a while.

January 15, 2011 at 1:56 p.m.
rolando said...

EXCELLENT retort in your last, Francis. Absolutely spot-on and needed said about arrogance in Democrats...much better than I could have done.

And I also agree with your first post, for what that may be worth. IMO, Bredesen was a MUCh better Governor than Whats-his-face -- his Republican predecessor.

I would definitely vote for the man in 2012 to balance the soon-to-be Republican majority in Congress. He might even manage to pull us out of this ObamaMess.

But I still have high hopes that Haslam will serve us as well.

Excellent bumper sticker spotted yesterday; "If Obama's The Answer, How Stupid Was The Question?"

January 15, 2011 at 2:12 p.m.
Francis said...

thanks, rolando...i'm not used to getting a compliment on here...i'm speech- less. thanks for your posts on here as well.....the common sense is very much needed on here.

January 15, 2011 at 3:21 p.m.
hambone said...

woody, woody,woody,


January 15, 2011 at 4:35 p.m.
steve_smith_tn said...

Governor Bredeson was an able, mature and effective leader. While no master of the tele-prompter, nor a popular community organizer, he set a standard that Governor Haslam may find hard to follow.

I hope Governor Bredeson finds a niche to fill in the Democratic Party. It certainly can use his calm, measured and thoughtful problem solving skills. Putting the citizens of Tennessee before his party, I almost forget to think of him as a Democrat. I am sure even after this most recent Republican landslide, if he could run again, he'd garner 60% of the vote.

Even though this cartoon may not be burning up the comments section, it is valuable. There is no reason why candidates and office holders can't do right by the State (or this country) and end up being well-liked by most everyone. 50%+1 politics needs to die. Governor Bredeson's record and Governor Haslam's campaign demonstrates that it can.

January 15, 2011 at 4:54 p.m.
rolando said...

It IS a good cartoon, steve_smith_tn. Problem is, the only controversy here is who are the conservatives and who are the liberals. No controversy equals few comments...equals civil discourse and not attack-politics.

I am sure Clay can come up with IS his job, after all.

January 15, 2011 at 9:58 p.m.

The next Gov. of Tennessee will be Gavin Newsom from the progressive state of sunny Califorina.

January 25, 2011 at 5:29 p.m.
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