As a Canadian, I am looking forward to the upcoming American election. It’ll give us something to watch on TV once the Olympics are over, it has more drama than three seasons of 90210, and the absurdist French farce elements are always good for a laugh… I mean those right-wing nuts are for comedy, right?
So then I read about this douchebag on the left… sort of. Mark Clayton just won the Tennessee Democratic primary for Senate, so will be the party’s official candidate this fall. And this guy is such a loon that even his own party doesn’t want you to vote for him!
On Friday the Tennessee Democratic Party disavowed Clayton, who just won its primary. Why? Well… Clayton is vice-president of the group Public Advocate of the US, which has been deemed a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for it anti-gay activism. Plus he is a fan of conspiracy theories, such as he says the federal government is secretly building a tunnel from Mexico to Toronto in order to establish a new union that will overpower the USA. Yep.
Among his other greatest hits, Clayton has accused Google of spying on behalf of the Chinese government, and warns frequently of an “encroaching godless world order”.
SInce his win, the clearly disorganized Democratic Party has said they will not back him or allow him to use any of their resources. Why didn’t they catch this earlier? Dunno. How’d he win? Well the party has a theory:
According to a party statement, Clayton only won the primary because “Democrats in Tennessee knew nothing about any of the candidates in the race, so they voted for the person at the top of the ticket… The only time that Clayton has voted in a Democratic primary was when he was voting for himself.”
Now this is just the nomination that he got, and I am no expert on American politics, but I am guessing a Democrat in Tennessee has about as much of a chance of actually winning an election as a snarky Canadian gay pacifist has a chance of winning an election in Tennessee. Zip. Nada. Zilch.
Ah, politics… this is better than anything NBC can dream up.