Tuesday, October 23, 2012

WaPo: Mark Clayton 'May Be America's Worst Candidate'

Posted By on Tue, Oct 23, 2012 at 9:57 AM

"Jesus did not have a campaign staff," Mark Clayton tells the Washington Post in a new article that presents the disavowed Democratic Senate hopeful as "America's worst candidate" and a sign the Tennessee Democratic Party is at rock bottom.

Actually, I'd argue a case can be made for the disciples as a relatively small, but dedicated, "campaign staff." But in any case, Clayton's Messiah complex, and the dire state of the TNDP, won't be news to Pith readers. Both have been well documented around here. My favorite tidbit came from the Democrats' chosen would-be standard bearer, recalling how she was drafted into the mix:

This year, the cash-poor party faced a rematch with Corker, now a popular incumbent with $14 million to spend. It went looking for a candidate who could run on the cheap, and they thought they’d found someone in Park Overall.

“I said to him that night on the phone, ‘Ain’t you got anybody — g——-n it, Chip — to run?’ And he said no,” recalled Overall, an actress best known for playing the sassy nurse Laverne on the 1990s sitcom “Empty Nest.”

Overall, 55, had returned to her native Tennessee as a well-known liberal. She was talking to the state Democratic chairman, Chip Forrester.

She resisted. For a while.

“Then, he caught me drinking one night,” Overall recounted in a phone interview. “And I said: ‘Aw, hellfire. Let’s just do it.’ ”

Clearly, Bob Corker dodged a bullet.

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