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(Washington Post)   Meet Mark Clayton (D-esperate) of Tennessee, "the worst U.S. Senate candidate in America," who has 382 facebook 'likes', $278 in his campaign treasury, and 1 yard sign (that isn't even in a yard)   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 45
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2012-10-23 10:28:07 AM  
"Jesus did not have a campaign staff. And he had the most successful campaign in human history,"

He's really not thinking that narrative all the way through, is he?


Great article.
 
2012-10-23 10:33:45 AM  
Holy fark. At least a super-majority isn't on the line this time.
 
2012-10-23 10:42:27 AM  
FTA: In Tennessee, Clayton's policy ideas set him apart from many other Democrats: He is unusual in opposing abortion rights and same-sex marriage, but he's downright exceptional in saying that the Transportation Security Administration "mandates [transsexuals] and homosexuals grabbing children in their stranger-danger zones."

You would think with views like these he would be a natural for Tennessee. He should switch parties, run for the State House and work his way up as a Republican, the folks would love him.
 
2012-10-23 12:19:29 PM  
isn't this the fringe-right john bircher who's running as a democrat but who has been disowned by the national party?
 
2012-10-23 12:21:01 PM  
I was wondering what the former NFL wide receiver was up to these days...
 
2012-10-23 12:53:55 PM  

Sergeant Crash: I was wondering what the former NFL wide receiver was up to these days...


The one from the 80's or the recent one?
 
2012-10-23 01:00:49 PM  
 
2012-10-23 01:17:50 PM  
Oh trust me, TN Dems are facepalming about this whole cockup.

And we have no one to blame but ourselves, since the party had a favored candidate in the primary, but somehow managed not to tell anyone who it was.
 
2012-10-23 01:19:10 PM  

Ennuipoet: You would think with views like these he would be a natural for Tennessee. He should switch parties, run for the State House and work his way up as a Republican, the folks would love him.


Anyone who would affiliate themselves with the Democrat Party and later switch to become a Republican is not fit for public office. Name one candidate who started off their political career as a Democrat and later became a beloved part of the Republican Party. One.
 
2012-10-23 01:19:18 PM  
Maybe if he teamed up with Mark Duper again...
 
2012-10-23 01:19:36 PM  
Stories like this make me want to run for congress
 
2012-10-23 01:21:00 PM  
I'd also like to nominate Stephen Packard, but his campaign was recently suspended for lack of funds.
 
2012-10-23 01:25:01 PM  

CPennypacker: Stories like this make me want to run for congress


Considering that this guy's campaign is the real-life equivalent of domain-name squatting, I'm not sure how that makes me feel about your ethical compass...
 
2012-10-23 01:26:08 PM  

Mike_LowELL: Ennuipoet: You would think with views like these he would be a natural for Tennessee. He should switch parties, run for the State House and work his way up as a Republican, the folks would love him.

Anyone who would affiliate themselves with the Democrat Party and later switch to become a Republican is not fit for public office. Name one candidate who started off their political career as a Democrat and later became a beloved part of the Republican Party. One.


Common sense Jesus comes to mind.
 
2012-10-23 01:26:36 PM  

Zagloba: CPennypacker: Stories like this make me want to run for congress

Considering that this guy's campaign is the real-life equivalent of domain-name squatting, I'm not sure how that makes me feel about your ethical compass...


I just mean that someone this bad can run at all.
 
Xai
2012-10-23 01:27:56 PM  
because the quality of a candidates policies is apparently determined by the size of their campaign fund in the US.

Yay democracy!
 
2012-10-23 01:30:45 PM  

Mike_LowELL: Ennuipoet: You would think with views like these he would be a natural for Tennessee. He should switch parties, run for the State House and work his way up as a Republican, the folks would love him.

Anyone who would affiliate themselves with the Democrat Party and later switch to become a Republican is not fit for public office. Name one candidate who started off their political career as a Democrat and later became a beloved part of the Republican Party. One.


*golf clap*

And the funny part was that my thought process was "It seems a little obscure for Mike to be referencing Rick Perry... Oh, wait. Yeah."
 
2012-10-23 01:33:46 PM  
It wouldn't surprise me if the Constitution party candidate for Senate gets more votes than this guy.
 
2012-10-23 01:34:10 PM  

Mike_LowELL: Ennuipoet: You would think with views like these he would be a natural for Tennessee. He should switch parties, run for the State House and work his way up as a Republican, the folks would love him.

Anyone who would affiliate themselves with the Democrat Party and later switch to become a Republican is not fit for public office. Name one candidate who started off their political career as a Democrat and later became a beloved part of the Republican Party. One.


Strom Thurmond and Jesse Helms.

/sees what you did there
 
2012-10-23 01:39:21 PM  

Mike_LowELL: Ennuipoet: You would think with views like these he would be a natural for Tennessee. He should switch parties, run for the State House and work his way up as a Republican, the folks would love him.

Anyone who would affiliate themselves with the Democrat Party and later switch to become a Republican is not fit for public office. Name one candidate who started off their political career as a Democrat and later became a beloved part of the Republican Party. One.


i107.photobucket.com
 
2012-10-23 01:41:56 PM  

Xai: because the quality of a candidates policies is apparently determined by the size of their campaign fund in the US.

Yay democracy!


I think you miss the point. It's that the quality of a candidate's policies determines the size of their campaign funds. This is a country that raised almost $20,000 to buy the Vice President a Trans-Am for the lulz. A kid loses his turtle, and people paypal him several thousand to get a new turtle AND a habitat.

Yet this part-time flooring worker is so out of touch with EVERYONE that he's only been able to raise $278. That's the point.
 
2012-10-23 01:52:01 PM  
Yeah, didn't the Democrats tell everyone to just vote for Bob Corker?
 
2012-10-23 02:12:37 PM  

Uzzah: Mike_LowELL: Ennuipoet: You would think with views like these he would be a natural for Tennessee. He should switch parties, run for the State House and work his way up as a Republican, the folks would love him.

Anyone who would affiliate themselves with the Democrat Party and later switch to become a Republican is not fit for public office. Name one candidate who started off their political career as a Democrat and later became a beloved part of the Republican Party. One.

Strom Thurmond and Jesse Helms.

/sees what you did there


You see, he told you to name ONE and you name TWO! You silly liberals just can't follow simple instructions, can you?
 
2012-10-23 02:24:22 PM  
Joe's T-Bird has raised more money than this guy.
 
2012-10-23 02:25:54 PM  
Tennessee...........I assume that they are all as uneducated, ass backwards, racists, on welfare who vote Republican like my extended family that lives there. That said, I do enjoy these relatives visiting because they always bring some white lightning.
 
2012-10-23 02:25:56 PM  
...yes, it's actually a Trans-Am that is being fundraised for.

I said a T-Bird. And I stand by it considering this guy.
 
2012-10-23 02:29:51 PM  

Mike_LowELL: Ennuipoet: You would think with views like these he would be a natural for Tennessee. He should switch parties, run for the State House and work his way up as a Republican, the folks would love him.

Anyone who would affiliate themselves with the Democrat Party and later switch to become a Republican is not fit for public office. Name one candidate who started off their political career as a Democrat and later became a beloved part of the Republican Party. One.


I farking love you. And I don't care who knows it.
 
2012-10-23 02:58:40 PM  
TN is my home state- but I'm glad I don't have to raise my children there right now.
 
2012-10-23 03:13:01 PM  
Damn, I could have been a better candidate than this guy, and I'm Canadian.

Step 1: Move to TN
Step 2: Become a US citizen
Step 3: Run for Dem Senate nomination in 6 years
Step 4: GOP candidate gets arrested for having a wide-stance (Its still a close race)
Step 5: Profit!
 
2012-10-23 03:26:03 PM  

CPennypacker: Stories like this make me want to run for congress


I looked it up prior to the deadlines. The state wanted a $1700 filing fee to run for the primary.

I ran for mayor of a small town once. It was $5 filing fee but the paperwork was a pain in the ass. If you have the cash to blow, time to spend and people who can help, I suggest you go for it in 2014. At the very least, I learned I was surrounded by frickin morons more concerned with misunderstandings blown out of proportion and building more of what they already have than actually improving a place that really needs improvement.

Oh and people will vote for you for no reason other than you're not the incumbent and you put up a sign on the highway. My other opponent was a nutjob, did no press, had no website or publicly available platform and got a hefty percentage of the vote because of the signs. So put up the signs.
 
2012-10-23 03:33:36 PM  

Ennuipoet: FTA: In Tennessee, Clayton's policy ideas set him apart from many other Democrats: He is unusual in opposing abortion rights and same-sex marriage, but he's downright exceptional in saying that the Transportation Security Administration "mandates [transsexuals] and homosexuals grabbing children in their stranger-danger zones."

You would think with views like these he would be a natural for Tennessee. He should switch parties, run for the State House and work his way up as a Republican, the folks would love him.


That sounds like the Looney Toon we have for a County Supervisor
 
2012-10-23 03:45:52 PM  

mysticcat: He's no BasilMarceaux.com


You know people can say what they will about BasilMarceaux.com but at least he's was the only Republican in the last ten years who actually had a good idea by planting vegitation on "all bacon lots" for gas or money.

And that's freaking sad.
 
2012-10-23 03:46:28 PM  

mysticcat: He's no BasilMarceaux.com


You know people can say what they will about BasilMarceaux.com but at least he was the only Republican in the last ten years who actually had a good idea by planting vegitation on "all bacon lots" for gas or money.

And that's freaking sad.

/damn spell check
 
2012-10-23 04:13:45 PM  
Tennessee Democrats, who'd watched their conservative voters drift to the GOP, finally lost the state House in 2010. That had been a financial lifeline for Democrats, since the legislature has broad powers over patronage.

"That pretty much was the end," said Cheek, the executive committee member. "Because we have nothing left. In the other low points, we had the Election Commission, we had the Building Commission. ... If you wanted to get state deposits into your bank, those were all ours. And that's where you'd raise your money."


...and this is why spoils systems are a very, very bad idea.
 
2012-10-23 05:02:34 PM  
i don't see the problem. submitter calls him the worst candidate............. because he's poor. wtf, y'all? i guess, by that rubric, mitt romney is one of the greatest candidates of all time.

everybody should have a shot at running for government. period. if your views connect with people, then more power to you. if your views don't connect with people, then them's the breaks. but it's totally wrong to call someone a horrible candidate because they don't have a billion facebook likes... like, you know, (again) Romney.

perception truly is reality. some people can afford to buy more perception than others. but is that the way it should be?


/really offended by that headline
 
2012-10-23 05:10:49 PM  

Warthog: Xai: because the quality of a candidates policies is apparently determined by the size of their campaign fund in the US.

Yay democracy!

I think you miss the point. It's that the quality of a candidate's policies determines the size of their campaign funds. This is a country that raised almost $20,000 to buy the Vice President a Trans-Am for the lulz. A kid loses his turtle, and people paypal him several thousand to get a new turtle AND a habitat.

Yet this part-time flooring worker is so out of touch with EVERYONE that he's only been able to raise $278. That's the point.


That point is bullshiat, if I may say so.

Being able to raise money has nothing to do with being in touch or out of touch. It just means you know how to raise money -- or you know how to hire the right person who will raise money for you. How many potential candidates out there have great ideas but are struggling with how to properly finance their campaigns?

Look at moothemagiccow's example above. In that example, the way that the candidate 'connected' with people was via visual cues: the billboards. Billboards cost money; but did that money mean that the candidate was truly in touch with potential constituents.

Now, if someone wants to claim that there's been mismanagement of funds, that's another thing entirely. But not immediately having a cash-milking network in place is not a sin.
 
2012-10-23 05:23:57 PM  
Todd Akin will rape that guy.
 
2012-10-23 05:42:42 PM  
Just checked the polling and fundamentals on this race, and according to 538 and other sources, its not going to be that huge of a blowout. Current projection is R 58.9% - D 38.8%.

Any time you have a race that is closer than 60-40, an attractive candidate with some money and ground game could make the race competitive. Not sure why Dems gave it a pass, with so much at stake.
 
2012-10-23 06:51:17 PM  
Basically the guy is a republican troll that seen the Dems didn't have a serious candidate they put money behind in their primary and knew he wasn't gonna beat the republican incumbent in the republican primary so he signed up in the democrat primary

Anyways if you are a dem and don't want to vote for the republican or the fake dem there are candidates from most of the 3rd parties in this race, so you could always vote for like the green or socialist or natural law or communist party candidate
 
2012-10-23 08:16:01 PM  
www.abc24.com
The ACLU got this removed which meant no Democrat Senator could ever be elected again.
 
2012-10-23 09:47:47 PM  
I'm the liberalest libby liberal that ever libbed, but even i voted for Bob Corker-R instead of this flaming douche.
 
2012-10-24 01:02:38 AM  
Yeah, I just voted Green Party instead.
 
2012-10-24 04:26:39 AM  

Xai: because the quality of a candidates policies is apparently determined by the size of their campaign fund in the US. Yay democracy!


Normally, I'd agree whole-heartedly, but...

Ennuipoet: FTA: In Tennessee, Clayton's policy ideas set him apart from many other Democrats: He is unusual in opposing abortion rights and same-sex marriage, but he's downright exceptional in saying that the Transportation Security Administration "mandates [transsexuals] and homosexuals grabbing children in their stranger-danger zones."


... This farknipple's policies are actually worth less than his campaign fund.
 
2012-10-24 08:51:45 AM  
ELF Radio: I'm the liberalest libby liberal that ever libbed, but even i voted for Bob Corker-R instead of this flaming douche.

sage37: Yeah, I just voted Green Party instead.

Well ELF Radio I'd say an election with no member of your major party of choice is the perfect time to vote 3rd party, but maybe thats just me,

sage37 Yeah if there was a Dem and a troll dem running as a fake repub and no actual repub I'd probably like vote Libertarian like you voting Green.
 
2012-10-24 08:31:11 PM  
Or as they would call him in Tennessee - the 1%.
 
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