Tennessee Political Humor: Some of These Jokes You Voted For

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Almost 175 years ago, Congressman Davy Crockett encountered a Massachusetts colleague in Washington. The New Englander, pointing to a farmer driving some mules along Pennsylvania Avenue, quipped: “Hello, there, Crockett, here’s a lot of your constituents on parade. Where are they going?” The Tennessee frontiersman shot back, “They are going to Massachusetts to teach school.”

Ever since Crockett’s day, Volunteer State politicians have used humor to deflate their rivals, garner ...

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Overview

Almost 175 years ago, Congressman Davy Crockett encountered a Massachusetts colleague in Washington. The New Englander, pointing to a farmer driving some mules along Pennsylvania Avenue, quipped: “Hello, there, Crockett, here’s a lot of your constituents on parade. Where are they going?” The Tennessee frontiersman shot back, “They are going to Massachusetts to teach school.”

Ever since Crockett’s day, Volunteer State politicians have used humor to deflate their rivals, garner votes, and keep the public amused. Often the public has laughed at them—sometimes even when they were not telling jokes. This book, the first of its kind for Tennessee, offers a broad sampling of that wonderful comic lore, enriched over the years by Democrats and Republicans alike.

The stories range from extended anecdotes and tall tales to one-line “zingers.” Local politics, statewide races, judicial decisions, and Capitol Hill maneuverings are all covered. Occasionally, names have been changed to protect the guilty, but more times than not, real names are used: Howard Baker, Al Gore (Senior and Junior), Estes Kefauver, and Lamar Alexander are just a few of the pols who cross these pages.
There are many books about politics, but few books reveal, much less revel in, what makes politics and public service lively and fun. Tennessee Political Humor is a delightful exception—a book that invites us not just to read the stories but to tell them out loud.

The Authors: Roy Herron, an attorney from Dresden, Tennessee, serves in the Tennessee Senate. He is the author of Things Held Dear: Soul Stories for My Sons.

L. H. “Cotton” Ivy, who lives in Decaturville, Tennessee, has served in the Tennessee House of Representatives and was commissioner of agriculture under Gov. Ned McWherter.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572331037
  • Publisher: University of Tennessee Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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The Authors: Roy Herron, an attorney from Dresden, Tennessee, serves in the Tennessee Senate. He is the author of Things Held Dear: Soul Stories for My Sons.

L. H. “Cotton” Ivy, who lives in Decaturville, Tennessee, has served in the Tennessee House of Representatives and was commissioner of agriculture under Gov. Ned McWherter.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Statewide Elections: Mischief from Mountain City to Memphis 1
2 Local Elections: The Heart - and Funny Bone - of Democracy 17
3 Legislative Branch: The Unholy Trinity 27
4 Legislative Branch: What Makes You Think They Read the Bills? 35
5 Executive Branch; Governors and the Ungovernable 60
6 Judicial Branch: Courts and Retorts 76
7 National Government: Tennesseans with Potomac Fever 90
8 One-Liners: Stick It to 'Em Quick 102
9 Davy Crockett: Tennessee's First Political Humorist 110
10 Pickin' Cotton: Professional Political Humor 123
Notes 133
Sources 139
Bibliography 149
Index 153
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2000

    Laughter You Can Share

    Fourteen years ago I became a freshman member of the Tennessee House of Representatives. There I got to know a veteran legislator who also was a quite succesful professional humorist. And Cotton Ivy has kept me laughing ever since. He inspired me to write down the funniest stories I heard about public servants and candidates, as well record the most amusing happenings. Finally, it came time to see what we had. And this book came to be. If you like to laugh, or if you are interested in politics, or if you have or would like ties to Tennessee, then we think you'll enjoy our little book. There are true tales about both local and statewide elections, as well as a few of Cotton's tales of campaigning that make you laugh whether they're true or not. You'll also find true stories of various public servants, ranging from legislators to governors to judges, serving (?) us in places stretching from our county seats to Nashville and even in Washington. If you're looking for a gift for a friend or familiy member, we think you'll find this a good gift. Even for those who don't like to read much, the book is short, with brief, easily read stories--and there are lots of photos, too. If you're afraid this might be controversial, let us assure you that we pick on both Democrats and Republicans and no grand division or group is left out of the fun. And as the fathers of seven sons (that's four and three, not fourteen), we sometimes have trouble finding suitable entertainment and amusement for children and grandchildren. This book was written so that no one should be offended--unless, like us, you happen to be (in the words of the subtitle) 'Some of These Jokes We Voted For.'

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