Of all these candidates, only Zelenik is given much chance to win, and she'd have to come from behind. In the highest profile race, Ramsey and Wamp are losing to Bill Haslam, who is seen as another Republican establishment moderate like Lamar Alexander, Bob Corker and Bill Frist. Maybe these angry tea partiers are merely loud and not so numerous as we've been led to believe?
These losers won't go down for lack of trying to capitalize on far-right outrage. Wamp and Ramsey have been going after the Tea Party like a horny high school kid after his prom date in the back seat of his father's car, and Zelenik is so desperate she has stooped to hate speech against peace-loving Muslims in Murfreesboro.
Irion, who is running to replace Wamp in the Third District, carries a pitch fork to campaign events. He took his handgun into an editorial board meeting with the Chattanooga Times Free Press this summer. Here he is denouncing ideological impurity in the Republican Party:
Voting as a congressman is like pulling the trigger on a gun. If I’m at the range and I shoot 99 bullets and then I put one through someone’s head, I can’t say, ‘Oh gee, I’m sorry.’ That doesn’t put the bullet back in the gun. When you vote for the bailout saying you’re sorry the next week, that doesn’t fix the $800 billion debt that our great grandchildren will be paying for. Every vote has to be principled. It has to count. That’s what I’m about. Sorry if I seem intense but this is who I am.
Irion sued the president to try to overturn national health care reform. He talks about that lawsuit and his rebellion against the Republican establishment in this video: