In case you missed Mike McWherter’s inspirational answer to this question at the Belmont debate, here he is giving essentially the same response and making everyone wonder once again why the Tennessee Democratic Party exists.
McWherter is outraged that those ridiculous Republicans are trashing the Bill of Rights. He’s sick and tired of that. But he doesn’t think Muslims ought to plop down their mosques right in the middle of our white Christian neighborhoods. Little white Christian kids ride their bicycles in those neighborhoods, and Muslims might run over them in their cars. Is that what he’s saying?
McWherter is making a habit of this kind of double-talk. He’s pulling a page from the old Tennessee Democratic playbook, which instructs candidates to sound just like Republicans and hope your true supporters understand. Before adopting this strategy, maybe McWherter should have talked to Democratic Party chairman Tim Kaine first. On Fox News recently, Kaine issued this warning:
"You can't win as a Democrat without energizing Democratic voters, and if you pour cold water on them and think you're going to win, it's tough.”
Kaine was referring to Democratic candidates who are bashing Nancy Pelosi and other party leaders, but he could have been talking about McWherter too. Tennessee Democrats have been drenched by McWherter’s cold water on a growing list of issues now including gay adoption, gay marriage, freedom of religion and the teaching of Genesis in public schools. That’s one reason no one wants to give to McWherter—he’s raised only $400,000 since January—and it’s why he started the fall campaign 25 points behind Bill Haslam with no way to catch up.
Time magazine writes about the Murfreesboro mosque controversy.