I've never been a big fan of Lamar Alexander, and I'm all for competitive elections. But it's hard to resist the temptation to see Bob Tuke's campaign as a scam. Here's a guy with absolutely zero chance to win who's going to trick and shame and guilt-trip Democrats into giving him $1 million or more. And to what end? So Tuke's handlers—who include Fletcher, Rowley and the fundraiser Cathy Thomas—can earn a little cash.
If Tuke or anyone else wanted to make a serious run against Alexander, they needed to start doing it much, much earlier. At this point, his campaign is a joke, except as a small moneymaker for political operatives. In the latest email shakedown from Tuke, campaign manager Ben Chao says:
I'd also like to take this opportunity to talk about some of the chatter I hear around the state. A lot of people were skeptical when Bob jumped in the race, wondering how he was going to beat Lamar Alexander. My answer is simple. Senator Alexander is a Washington politician and a pretty fair piano player. Bob Tuke is a seasoned and experienced leader, a Marine who will bring hope and change to the US Senate, work to end the Iraq War with honor, help improve our economy and reform health care in America. Simply put, I like our chances.
And if you believe that ...
: Sean Braisted