As many people know US Senate candidate Mark Clayton will be on the top of the state ticket for Democrats in the November elections. The Dems made a big stink about him being a member of a "Hate group" but chickened out of removing him from the top of the ticket and it could come back to bite them. BAD!
If the Dem state party were smart (They aren't) they would not have said a thing. Clayton would have gone up against Corker and it would all be over. No fuss, No muss. Instead, they made a big stink. They drove the conservative pro life, pro family Democrats out of the party and made it so the liberal, pro abortion, pro homosexual marriage Democrats won't vote for their parties nominee either.
This is good news for Republicans and could end up hurting Democrats for 8 years or more.
"What?, Eight years? No way he is one and done!" you say.
Win or lose Mark Clayton could have an effect on Democrat elections across the state for at least 8 years!
You see, something special is going on in this election. Something that has never happened before. Third party candidates will be allowed on the ballot as state wide candidates for the first time. If one of them hits the 5% vote threshold, their party candidates will be named and allowed on the ballot in ALL elections for the next 8 YEARS!
So lets just for fun say liberal Democrats refuse to vote for a candidate they say was a member of a "hate group". Where are they going to go? Republican Bob Corker? I doubt it.
They will probably vote for the green party candidate Martin Pleasant . If my fellow Knox county gets over 5% (a very real possibility) then the green party will be on all future ballots at all levels sucking votes off every Democrat candidate for 8 years.
Lets just say the greens get at least 2-3% in all those future elections for 8 years. Many elections are won and lost by slimmer margins. (Can you say Ralph Nader in Florida?) This one race could end up costing Democrats close elections for years!
Tennessee Democrats are about to go into a super minority hole that most people think will take at least a decade to climb out of. If the Green Party gets a foot hold it could be deeper and longer.
Now, Who still thinks it was a bad idea to stick up for Mark Clayton and say he is a pro life, pro family Democrat?