"Jim Cooper's really the No. 1 target we have in the country right now," declared Ben Tribbett, the director of this PAC formed a few months ago by liberal blogs and labor unions to mess with the minds of conservative Democratic congressmen.
Tribbett pointed to a Daily Kos poll purporting to show Cooper's ignoring the wishes of his constituents on health care reform and is vulnerable to a reelection challenge from the left. He says Cooper's got real problems with organized labor and blacks.
All of which may be true, and we applaud Accountability Now for its democratic spunk. But this whole thing is laughable. These liberal dreamers will never find a serious Democrat who's crazy enough to challenge Cooper.
Tribbett is in Nashville to recruit someone, and he starts tap dancing when he's asked how that's going.
"The reception has been really fantastic right now," he says. "There's just so many people who are interested in a primary challenge. ... We're looking at strong potential candidates who can win."Pressed on this issue, he also said:
"I'm pretty confident there's serious challenger who's interested. There's actually a couple. What they're waiting for is more data to see what happens. We'll probably do additional polling that will go into more detail of exactly who is upset with Jim Cooper and why."
There's a reason no one's stepping forward to accept this little chore. It's because they all know it's foolish. They would lose, and that would kill whatever pathetic political career they might hope to enjoy.