Tennessee replaced native son Fred Thompson who recently dropped out of the presidential race with the next best thing as it voted for Arkansas' Mike Huckabee to win the Republican primary.
Huckabee beat John McCain by only 2 percentage points. But the night drove the last nail in the coffin of Mitt Romney in the South. It's over for him here, no matter how much he spends, how conservative he comes across.
Meanwhile Hillary Clinton played the race card in rural Tennessee counties where Democratic voters said---when presented with the choice--they'd rather have a woman than a black in the White House.
The Democratic race is not one of idealogy and principles so much as popularity and personalities based on highly charged emotional images employing the chimeras of hope, change, unity and eternal well-being.
Will we ever learn?