Monday, October 18, 2010

Will McWherter Set New Record for Democratic Futility?

Posted By on Mon, Oct 18, 2010 at 2:49 PM

Will McWherter do better than this guy?
  • John Jay Hooker had a famous daddy too.
Channel 5 political analyst Pat Nolan thinks Mike McWherter is such a bad candidate he might suffer a worse loss than that hapless joke named John Jay Hooker in 1998. "If this was a prize fight, it would be stopped and the mercy rule invoked," Nolan writes in his weekly column.

For now, that won't come until November 2. Democrats in Tennessee must be concerned about a possible record poor showing for a gubernatorial candidate, which in recent years is likely the John Jay Hooker campaign in 1998 which garnered only 287,750 votes while incumbent Don Sundquist cruised to re-election with 669,973 ballots.

Nolan also points out Roy Herron is losing, Lincoln Davis is fighting for survival and Democrats have essentially conceded Bart Gordon's congressional seat. "... [T]he loss of all three of these congressional seats, could chance the balance of power in our House delegation from 5-4 Democratic to 7-2 for the Republicans. Ouch!"

It's enough to make Democratic leaders feel "sick to their stomachs" about what could happen in the state House and Senate, Nolan says.

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