Up for debate: Should democrats be able to remove Mark Clayton from the ballot?

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 9:05pm

Democrats were embarassed last week when a candidate with very little in common with their party won the nomination for U.S. Senate. Should they be allowed to replace him with an actual Democrat?

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By: Ummm... on 8/8/12 at 4:40

If voters are so apathetic that they just vote for the first name on the ballot (which is what apparently occurred in this case) then they deserve what they get (a lunatic candidate). Unfortunately, it doesn't really matter who the Democratic nominee is, the majority of voters in Tennessee will vote against their own interests again and re-elect a Teapublican protector of the oligarchy.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/8/12 at 5:07

I think this a big reason why the Democrats suck in this state is, they don't plan or seek any new leadership from any new candidate. They did not subport anyone to run for the office to start with and now they want their members to write in someone.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/8/12 at 5:08

BTW thanks for a new subject.

By: yogiman on 8/8/12 at 6:24

No. He was allowed to enter the ballot as a Democrat but after he won the race, they're saying he isn't a Democrat. If he isn't, why did they let him put his name on the ballot as one?

And to say he won the election because his was the first name on the ballot is a false accusation. Why would an intelligent voter vote for a name just because it was the first on the ballot.

Was it only because his name was the only Democrat name on the ballot the reason the voters chose Barack Obama in 2008 even though they knew nothing about him?

They're making themselves look like the fools they are. Clayton deserves to be treated as fair as Obama and they know more about Clayton than they do Obama even now.

Or is that the best way to run on a Democrat ticket, keep yourself as a secret to them.

By: frodo on 8/8/12 at 6:39

Gerrymandering, vote rigging, destroying ballots, suppressing the vote, etc. Why worry about any of this when the party machine seeks (and sometimes succeeds in) the disqualification of a duly chosen nominee. Reminds me of a dictatorship, where the people are free to vote...just as long as they vote the correct way.

By: govskeptic on 8/8/12 at 6:41

Clayton is not an unusual name in this state and area. I'm not speaking
of this individual, but since the voters probably looked down the list it's
like a lot of voters, just pick a familiar name. My wife picks horses based
on the colors they are wearing! Normally wins more than the Jockey picker.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/8/12 at 6:56

The gov speaks the truth, however I never pick a name I don't know. On the other hand frodo is likely a supporter of Clayton. They may even be neighbors.

By: frodo on 8/8/12 at 7:09

I don't know Mr. Clayton. And I can assure you that I didn't vote for him. I don't care who or what he is. Even if he is an ElizabethWarren-VanJones-SaulAlinsky-ite, parties should respect the voters.

By: dargent7 on 8/8/12 at 7:12

I only know of David Clayton Thomas of Blood, Sweat & Tears and Eric Crafton.
Just who is this Clayton fellow?

By: Captain Nemo on 8/8/12 at 7:32

Now my first alien report from the dessert. I met several aliens yesterday but have no idea where ther are from, sence I could not idenified the langue, but maybe eastern Europe.

At any point I know there present would drive our Trolls crazy.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/8/12 at 7:34

It doesn't matter frodo he is your type and your neighbor.

By: BenDover on 8/8/12 at 8:14

Clayton's going nowhere against Corker. It was a mistake for the Democrats to even bring any of this up. But since the Senate and President are decided already if the Dems decided not to turn out it sure would be nice to see Cooper get his due.

By: Rasputin72 on 8/8/12 at 8:16

Frankly, I could care less!

By: Ummm... on 8/8/12 at 8:30

Rasputin (the resident bigot) must mean he "couldn't care less." I guess his "upperclass" education isn't all it's cracked up to be.

By: Rasputin72 on 8/8/12 at 8:51

Ummm.......No, I could care less! You "couldn't care less" Now, see how easy that was for me to say without calling you the names that are going through my mind but out of place in a civil discussion.

By: Ummm... on 8/8/12 at 8:55

Rasputin (ignorant bigot that he is) repeats his assertion that he "could care less." So tell us, Mr. "Upperclass," since you could care less, just how much do you care about this issue? And since you care so much, why haven't you commented on it (other than your incorrectly stated drivel)?

By: Captain Nemo on 8/8/12 at 9:08

Gee wiz Rasputin what are you trying to say?

By: frodo on 8/8/12 at 9:16

Captain, your "type" and your "neighbors" are apparently what you find in the desert.

By: yogiman on 8/8/12 at 9:16

Me thinks it may help if you went back to school, Ummm. In my English lessons I learned you could or couldn't care less. Just take your pick.

You can care less if you wish and you can't care less if you don't have the facts... like you.

By: Ummm... on 8/8/12 at 9:21

Yogi, everytime you post you take ignorance and stupidity to new depths.

By: yogiman on 8/8/12 at 9:26

Only in the minds of the ignoramuses, Ummm. And You're at the top of that list.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/8/12 at 9:27

Great come back there frodo.

By: BenDover on 8/8/12 at 9:28

Well without a viable Senate candidate and with the Tennessee electors going to Romney being a given; it would seem like a democrat's best choice in Tennessee this election would be to just stay home and drink. Cheers!

By: Captain Nemo on 8/8/12 at 9:32

I think he thinks he thinks he has out smarted you.Ummm.:-D

By: Captain Nemo on 8/8/12 at 9:34

Ben..lol :-P

By: Ummm... on 8/8/12 at 9:36

Captain, the surest indication that you're correct is having Yogi disagree with you.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/8/12 at 9:44

That is why when he says correct me if I am, I know he knows that he is wrong. lol

By: Kosh III on 8/8/12 at 9:57

"democrat's best choice in Tennessee this election would be to just stay home and drink."

What I'll do, and what I urge others to do is to vote for the Green Party candidate---then go home and empty a growler.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/8/12 at 10:18

Now I have a choice and who is that Kosh?

By: yogiman on 8/8/12 at 10:23

It's funny, nimrod, I've made that "correct me if I'm wrong" phrase several times on this site but no one has ever corrected me. Odd, isn't it?

By: Captain Nemo on 8/8/12 at 11:04

What is the point,you are not smart enough to know you are one stupid old fool.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/8/12 at 11:04

What is the point,you are not smart enough to know you are one stupid old fool.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/8/12 at 11:04

What is the point,you are not smart enough to know you are one stupid old fool.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/8/12 at 11:07

None of this wil get throdepartureuse there is nothing there to recive the message.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/8/12 at 11:09

Sense this does not make sense to normal people,brain dead will get it.

By: yogiman on 8/8/12 at 11:16

Well, I'll admit I don't know you personally, dumba$$, but I do know you very well on this site..., and you ain't very smart.

Why do I say that? Because you prove it more every time to make a comment.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/8/12 at 12:18

Because you prove it more every time to make a comment.

This comes from a man ( and I use the word man generously) that can't compose a coherent sentence.:-P

Now the translation; you don't agree with me, so you ain't smarter then me.

By: yogiman on 8/8/12 at 12:33

Are you referring yourself, nimrod, with that comment about composing a coherent sentence?

I'll give you credit, then, you're commenting well for yourself.

By: pswindle on 8/8/12 at 12:50

He should stay on the ballot, but we need to push a write-in ballot for Park Overall. We need to get rid of Corker. He voted with a group of other GOP on the day that President Obama was sworn in to veto everything that the President wanted to do to help the American people. It looks as if the GOP has been successful in blocking most, but I hope the people can see through this kind of destruction.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/8/12 at 1:26

Shut old fart are I will turn Blankey lose on you.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/8/12 at 1:28

She is the one I will vote for, pswindel.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/8/12 at 1:36

At the moment I am sitting 107 floors above Los Vegas having lunch laughing at how the old dunce tries so desperately to fit in with humanity. Give up..its too late you've failed.

By: yogiman on 8/8/12 at 1:38

Hey, pswindle,

Harry Reid is the "leader" in the Senate, isn't he? You know, the one that decides what votes can be cast when in session. Why has he refused to let a vote be cast on the budget?

There's two parties in congress with a couple of "outsiders", pswindle. They're acting like twins to me and it's hard to tell the difference between them any more.

By: yogiman on 8/8/12 at 1:40

Don't fall down the stairs, nimrod. You're too much of a comedian and I won't be able to laugh any more.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/8/12 at 1:56

Once again the decade mind shows his like of intelligent, he would walk down after walkingup 107 floors. A smart person like me will take the elevator.

Give up old dunce, you don't have any come backs or any brains.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/8/12 at 1:58

shb lack of intelligence.

By: pswindle on 8/8/12 at 2:45

Yogi,
Have you paid any attention to the awful bills that are sent to the senate? I would not bring them up, either. The GOP in Washington have gone Tea Party crazy.

By: yogiman on 8/8/12 at 3:41

I haven't seen them all, but those bills are like beauty; it's only in the eyes of the beholder.

How many bill have been passed over the past 100 years as a 100-0 vote? They are few and far between..., and it's purely political.

By: Loner on 8/8/12 at 7:39

Sounds like much ado over nothing....the Democratic candidate is a sacrificial lamb in the Bible Belt.....if you've seen one sacrificial lamb slaughtered, you've seen them all....nothing to see here.....move along!

Dammit, had I known that the Democratic nomination was so easily purloined, I would have packed my carpetbag and headed to the Volunteer State.....if Governor Bredesen could do it, so could the Lone One....he hails from Shortsville, NY...a tiny burg about 40 miles from here....I know that I could count on the vote of at least one conservative in TN.....ain't that right, Ben?

By: yogiman on 8/8/12 at 7:45

Are you legal, Loner? I don't think you have to be a citizen to deliver the mail, do you? Only to work (serve) in politics.