No, We Don’t Need Museum Exhibits on Senators Running for Reelection

by Jim Geraghty

This sort of thing isn’t kosher, whether it’s a Republican or a Democrat incumbent doing it:

The Tennessee State Museum has postponed a big exhibit featuring U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander after questions raised by NewsChannel 5 Investigates.
The taxpayer-supported museum had been working with Alexander’s campaign on an exhibit that would travel across the state — while the senator was running for re-election.
After NewsChannel 5 Investigates requested e-mails from the state museum, officials abruptly postponed the exhibit until after next year’s election.

That’s the good news. That bad news is, “Officials with the Tennessee State Museum said they still plan  to tour the exhibit after the election is over.” Come on. I’m sure Alexander is swell and all, but Tennesee must have something else in its history more deserving of an exhibit than an incumbent senator. If you absolutely must put on that exhibit, do it when he retires.

So if the Tennessee State Museum can figure out that it’s inappropriate to turn itself into a partisan instituion, openly celebrating a particular official running for reelection, why can’t NBC figure that out about their Hillary Clinton movie?

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