Tennessee Republicans are so flush with cash that they're going after Old Hickory's Mike Turner, the No. 2 Democrat in the House. Turner has been forced to hit the streets to defend himself against a chucklehead named Charles Williamson, whose claim to fame in this campaign is this YouTube video in which he stomps a buffalo turd:
Could Williamson pull the upset? We don't think so, but anything's possible. A big Republican wave is rolling this way. Who knows who it might wash away? At least that's what Republicans think.
State GOP Chairman Chris Devaney said the party is putting money into 17 House contests, some of which will receive the full $40,000 allowed by law.
"Not all of those are going to win, but they're in play, and I think that shows the kind of momentum we have across the state," said Devaney, who, along with legislative Republicans, hopes to put Republicans in firm control of the House.
In an odd twist in the governor's race, meanwhile, Mike McWherter has decided it's a good thing for his candidacy that Bill Haslam is bombarding the airwaves with TV ads. McWherter says voters are "tired of seeing [Haslam's] ads and tired of the fact that he doesn't say anything or stand for anything in those ads."
Haslam, for his part, still is whining because he can't control what reporters write: "You guys want to focus on those issues," he says. "We've had 10 days of gun stories, and not one saying, 'Yeah, I wonder who has done their homework on the budget.' "