Sometimes I just don't understand what alternative universe Gail Kerr sees when she writes about Nashville. Does she really believe what she's writing here? Is so, can she really be so naive as to think that Eric Crafton's culture war will be over or that English Only will be resolved by the special election? Or is she loath to mention that this is another battle of the larger war over immigration (a fight to which Tennessee is late in coming)? Is she really so combobulated by the press's election cycle mentality that politics doesn't exist unless it ends at the polls?
I've already argued that the January vote is going to be a test of whether Davidson County, as one of a handful of Democratic outposts in deep red Tennessee, is a progressive place. But I sure as heck have not deluded myself into believing that the question will be answered once and for all. Whether English Only wins or loses, we will not be resolving anything final or moving past the cultural war that's been going on and shows no signs of letting up any time soon. The fact that Gail Kerr claims we will amounts to either denial or dishonesty.
Eric Crafton has been fighting this battle of attrition for two years now, using any Metro resource at his disposal and clutching any amplified venue within his grasp. We've got no reason to expect that he will give it up after January 22 and allow Nashville to move on to other things. Instead of misleading Nashvillians into assuming that Crafton's special election is going to give way to resolution and peace, Gail Kerr should be girding English Only/anti-immigration opponents for a long and protracted fight. Instead of minimizing the special election as a distraction, she should be calling it an acid test of our city's character and the first act of a performance in which that character is on display for all to judge.
As it stands she is selling a bill of goods that will not be delivered and that she cannot guarantee. She is not helping our city by enabling defeat.