The headline in this morning's Tennessean declared "Unknown Republican builds winning strategy." Hah! Talk about wishful thinking! It turns out this story by Chas Sisk is about David Hall, the Republican chucklehead running against Congressman Jim Cooper in November.
It goes without saying that Hall can't beat Cooper or even come close. But Sisk spends an eternity analyzing this crackpot candidacy, proclaiming Hall's great victory against the rest of the riffraff in the GOP primary to be the result of "hard work and political savvy." Oh please, stop it! We're laughing so hard it hurts.
Relegated to the bowels of the story—and then dismissed out of hand—is the news that Hall apparently charged kids $250 each to attend his "Do the Hard Things" summer Christian camp, then sent these campers onto the streets to wave campaign signs for him at the start of early voting. Despite a lot of evidence to the contrary, Hall claims this camp never happened, and that was good enough for the Tennessean. Channel 5's Phil Williams wasn't so easily convinced, and his report focuses on the camp and other Hall campaign tomfoolery.
We don't know whether Sisk's story was the result of a new Republican bias at the newspaper or a misguided attempt to give balanced coverage or just plain dumbassery. But somebody at 1100 Broadway must have realized belatedly that the story's headline in the print edition was silly. On the web, it's been changed to something a little less ridiculous. Meanwhile, here's Williams' report: