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In Tennessee Senate race, a clear test of centrism vs. ideology
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
To watch Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen deliver a stump speech before a lunchtime Tennessee crowd, is to wonder whether one is looking at a future where US senators rediscover congeniality and bipartisanship – or at the past, at a throwback politician who is out of step with today’s take-no-prisoners, tribal approach to governing. In this competitive contest in a red state, Democrats have in Mr. Bredesen a self-made health care executive who went on to become a respected politician with a history of coalition building – first as mayor of Nashville, and then as a popular two-term governor. It is the clearest test of centrism vs. ideology among the competitive Senate races, say analysts. read more
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