He conceded "there's a place for talking about evolution in our schools" as long as it didn't interfere too much with the teaching of intelligent design. He thought "it's unfortunate Arizona had to pass that law" cracking down on immigration, but opposed President Obama's lawsuit to overturn it. He said he's a big fan of freedom of religion but not necessarily for Muslims looking for a place to worship.
"I truly understand the concerns of some of these neighborhoods about bringing these kinds of institutions in," he said of mosques and Islamic community centers like the one proposed for Murfreesboro. "You just can't drop these into the middle of a very quiet neighborhood and expect the same type of quality of life."
Actually, after that debate performance, maybe now isn't exactly the time for Democrats to get behind McWherter. In fact, maybe that time isn't ever going to come. Aunt B expresses what many Tennessee Democrats are thinking right now:
The Democratic strategy this silly season, instead of even tossing an occasional bone to the progressives, has been to make it as clear as possible that the progressives can go fuck ourselves. And not just the progressives. It’s not like immigrant communities or science teachers are well-known progressive constituencies. Our Muslim community is not a bastion of progressive beliefs. So, it’s not just progressives Democrats have asked to suck it with McWherter.
There are a lot of people in this state who need the Democrats to stand up (and I would hope stand up proudly) for them and the Democrats, McWherter especially, has signaled that our problems are not his problem.
Then his problems aren’t mine.