Congressman Marsha Blackburn (TN-7) spoke at the Madison County GOP this morning, on the topic of leadership. Her district runs East – West from Brentwood / Nashville to suburban Memphis, and North - South from Clarksville (KY line) to Pickwick Lake (AL / MS line). She has risen rapidly through the GOP ranks and is an influential Member of Congress despite her juniority – she was rumored to be on McCain’s long list for Vice-President and is on the short list for Tennessee Governor or Senator. She serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Blackburn’s philosophy of Life and Government focuses on Faith, Family, Freedom, Hope, and Opportunity. She highlighted five policy areas where she expects sharp differences with the Democratic President and Congress: Transportation and Infrastructure; Taxation; Science, Technology, and Innovation; Health Care; and Trade.
I noticed during her speech that Blackburn likes lists, and even better, she seems to like five item lists (five is a magic number for communications – five by five means strong signal and perfect clarity).
On Taxation, she offered her husband’s insight that ”if 10% is good enough for God, then it ought to be good enough for the Government”. She noted that socialized health care results in rationing of health care.
Blackburn also spoke about the Tennessee GOP winning the State Legislature for the first time since Reconstruction – and said that leadership was the key:
“Leadership is not as it appears, but as it performs”.
“Leaders raise up other leaders”.