While the tea party is organizing like crazy to defeat Lamar Alexander in next year’s Republican Senate primary, Tennessee Democrats are up to their usual tricks — bickering among themselves, resigning from various meaningless party positions and generally acting out in public.
In the governor’s race, Sara Kyle is thinking about challenging Bill Haslam’s reelection next year. As the above video shows, the party faithful — as bedraggled and woebegone as they may be — managed to produce a lusty cheer for her at last Saturday’s Jackson Day dinner. But no one of any stature in the party is even contemplating running for the Senate.
(Some lawyer from Knoxville might do it, one insider told Pith. “But I don’t know his name,” this person said. “I’ll try to find out.” Something tells us he’s not a heavy hitter.)
So it appears Tennessee’s hapless Democrats are about to blow a great opportunity. If Joe Carr beats Alexander in next August’s GOP primary — a real possibility — Democrats will have to stand by and watch as this dim-bulb tea partier coasts to victory in November and becomes our U.S. senator.
Here’s another scenario, equally embarrassing to this once-proud party: Without anyone to vote for in their own party primary, Democrats likely will cross over and vote for Alexander in the GOP primary, reasoning that he’s more tolerable than Carr in that Carr is actually insane and Alexander only votes that way. In this event, Democrats could be responsible for reelecting Alexander when, merely by running a credible candidate of their own, they could have taken the seat for themselves.
How about that? Democrats might wind up saving Alexander! It's the ultimate in shooting yourself in the foot. We expect nothing less from these goofballs.