...it must be Election Day, and so it is. In Tennessee, this time. I've been negligent with regard to primary election blogging this week, with the Senate so busy and all, and the nothing from the Tuesday primaries this week in Michigan, Missouri, and Kansas really caught my eye, at least outside of this nice sidebar. Oh, wait, Thursday? Yup.
For whatever reason Tennessee seems to be holding its primaries today, on a Thursday. I don't have anything in particular to tell you about these contests, other than that several of them have been highly entertaining, but I know who does: I recommend reading Ed Kilgore's roundup of the bizarre, the race-baiting, and the downright crazy that is Tennessee politics, 2010. Read him here and here.
And it's always worth noting: we sure do have a lot of election in the USA. For those of you who don't realize it, this entire round (that is, primary elections open to mass electorates) is rare by world standards. Only a few nations that have adopted the American direct primary for any office, and as far as I know no other country combines a long ballot with the direct primary. I like it; I think it's a useful part of permeable political parties, which in turn I think is absolutely critical for real democracy (although I certainly don't think that the direct primary is the only way to get there). But, yes, we sure do have a lot of elections.