Well, the party's nominee for Senate has raised $278, has one yard sign, which is hidden in his pickup truck and, when asked about his chances against Republican Sen. Bob Corker the candidate had this to say: "Jesus did not have a campaign staff. And he had the most successful campaign in human history... [Jesus] didn't even have pictures or a Web site."
So, um, yeah, it's not looking good.
The Washington Post looks into just how part-time floor installer Mark Clayton won his party's primary (he was listed first on the ballot, thanks to the alphabet); his stances (pro-life, anti-same sex marriage and that the TSA "mandates transexuals (sic) and homosexuals grabbing children in their stranger-danger zones in the name of airport security"); and what this says about the Democratic party in Tennessee. From the Post:
"It's pretty sad. I mean, when your nomination is not worth having, that's embarrassing," said Will T. Cheek, a Nashville investor who has been a member of the state Democratic Party's executive committee since 1970. "That would appear to be where we are."
Every election, of course, is crowded with losers: the sacrificial lambs, the one-issue zealots, the novelty name-changers (Thomas Jefferson, of Kansas, is running for Congress. Santa Claus, of Nevada, is running for president).
But Clayton stands out. Nobody who has the opportunity he has -- a major-party nomination for the Senate in a nail-biter election in which every Senate race has outsize importance -- has so little chance of taking advantage of it.
How did this come to pass? Things started falling apart in 2006, when Democratic nominee Harold Ford Jr. narrowly lost the Senate contest. Then in 2010, the party lost the state House. And with it, went the Dems' fundraising powers.
The state party has disavowed Clayton. Meanwhile, Corker's campaign committee has raised $13.4 million and his affiliated PAC, Rock City PAC has donated money to Senate incumbents such as Richard Lugar, R-Ind., Dean Heller, R-Nev., and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.
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