Thursday, May 27, 2010

Washington Post Writes Off McWherter

Posted By on Thu, May 27, 2010 at 7:28 AM

Chris Cillizza: What does he know about anything?
  • Chris Cillizza: What does he know about anything?
Well, that's a kick in the teeth. OK, we admit sometimes we wonder whether Mike McWherter can stay awake long enough to actually campaign for governor. But should the national media dismiss his candidacy out of hand? The Washington Post political blogger Chris Cillizza gratuitously dissed McWherter this week in an article making the case that, despite Rand Paul's victory in Kentucky, strong political bloodlines don't help candidates much anymore and may hurt them sometimes. Cillizza went through a few examples of what he meant. Look at Hillary Clinton, Chris Dodd, and Evan Bayh, he said, then he tossed in this sentence:

And in Tennessee, Mike McWherter, son of former governor Ned Ray McWherter, is the likely Democratic gubernatorial nominee but doesn't have much chance of claiming the state's top office in the fall.

Wow! So Chris Cillizza has written off McWherter. Why are we even bothering to hold the election? Let's do the Republican primary and call it a day. It's true that, given the political environment, you'd have to consider McWherter an underdog at this point. But he's still got a decent shot at winning, doesn't he? And what if crazy Zach Wamp or Ron Ramsey is the Republican nominee? Suddenly, McWherter will look like a world-beater. We don't think Cillizza knows what he's talking about.

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