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Sunday Column: Musing on Sticks, Stones & a Roden’t Posterior

n politics, sticks and stones may break your bones, though they rarely do in the literal sense these days. But words, especially your own, can really harm you.
Or so it sometimes seems.
Whether you’re a Republican congressman who mentions “legitimate rape,” a Democratic president remarking “you didn’t build that” or a vice president speculating on people being “back in chains,” national political news seems dominated by exaggeration and extrapolation of rhetorical missteps made by those who stray from scripted talking points prepared by well-paid public relations professionals.
Here in Tennessee, we have a long history of entertaining, controversial and seemingly impolitic utterances. Say, for example, Davy Crockett’s famous statement: “The hell with you all, I’m going to Texas.”

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An Unrepentant Sen. Summerville: Which Part Wasn’t Clear?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State Sen. Jim Summerville on Friday resigned from the Senate Education Committee after being stripped of his subcommittee chairmanship over an email that insulted the Legislature’s black caucus.
The Dickson Republican has been criticized for sending an email to the chairwoman of the Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators saying: “I don’t give a rat’s ass what the black caucus thinks.”
Senate Education Chairwoman Dolores Gresham stripped Summerville of his chairmanship of the higher education subcommittee for the remark, but the senator appeared unrepentant in brief remarks to reporters on Friday morning.
“Which part wasn’t clear? The matter speaks for itself,” he said. “Maybe I could have used a more artful term like a ‘rodents posterior.'”
The black caucus had sent Summerville an official response to a hearing over complaints about Tennessee State University’s handling of grade changes. The group called the allegations “much ado about nothing” and questioned why the historically black university was singled out for a legislative investigation.
Summerville did not give a reason for his resignation from the committee in a handwritten letter to Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville.
Democrats have demanded an apology, but Summerville hasn’t given one.

Note: WKRN reports Summerville also made an obscene gesture to a TV news crew, story HERE.