Tonight at Knoxville's Crowne Plaza the Knox County Republican Party will have their annual Lincoln Day Dinner. The only BIG fundraiser that the party hosts. Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma is the guest speaker. However, with the looming federal government shutdown will any Congressional or Senate members be able to escape Washington. Both houses must debate and vote on any proposed agreement that John Boehner, Harry Reid and President Obama come up with. The last flight out of Ronald Reagan airport that would get the Senator here by dinner time is 1:45 p.m. Dulles is not much later. So, if the Speaker and Senators Alexander and Corker and Congressman Duncan can't make it. That means the local Republicans would have to talk amongst themselves, which is a fight in the making. So if you are not one of the 250 persons that have bought a ticket. You may want to show up, cause it is all about "LET'S GET READY TO RUMBLE!!"