THE last time we posted on this topic was Tennessee Governor’s Race: Incurable Creationism. The comments indicated some skepticism about whether all the candidates were, in fact, full-blown creationists.
We don’t like ambiguity in such matters. Either a politician is a creationist or he isn’t, and if he isn’t then we want him to be honest enough to say so, clearly, without trying to have it both ways. That’s why, when a politician gives a response which leaves the matter in doubt, we assume he’s a creationist — or at least he’s happy to pander to them — which is just as bad.
We now have evidence that the Democrat candidate in the Tennessee Governor’s race, Mike McWherter, is indeed of the Noah’s Ark persuasion. In the Nashville Scene, a weekly newspaper from Nashville, Tennessee we read While Republicans hardliners nip at Bill Haslam’s heels, Mike McWherter rolls over and plays dead.
At the start of the article they inform us that “early voting begins this week in their Republican gubernatorial primary.” That’s interesting. The actual date for the election is 05 August.
But what attracted us to the article is its discussion of the same debate about which we wrote a few days ago, and of what happened afterward. Here it is, with bold added by us:
The fireworks went off when the candidates were allowed to ask each other questions. It got so rough Wamp [GOP, U.S. Rep.] felt compelled to apologize a couple times. “The higher you go on the flagpole,” he told Haslam [GOP, Knoxville Mayor] at one point, “the harder the wind blows.”
An internet vulgarian would attempt a joke at this point, but your Curmudgeon is running a family-friendly blog so we’ll pass up that opportunity. This next excerpt is about the three Republicans who are trying to win their party’s nomination:
The morning after, Haslam went home, giving his rivals free rein to do it all over again during a debate on Nashville’s WTN right-wing radio. When they grew weary of bashing Haslam, Wamp and Ramsey turned on each other.
Standard stuff. It gets better as the article talks about McWherter, the lone Democrat candidate. He has fund-raising problems:
To be sure, not all of McWherter’s money troubles are his fault. Republicans are riding high in the year of the Tea Party, and Democrats are dispirited. But at the same time, he isn’t helping himself with tepid, fence-straddling answers like several of those he gave at the debate.
He conceded “there’s a place for talking about evolution in our schools” as long as it didn’t interfere too much with the teaching of intelligent design.
All clear now? According to the Nashville Scene, even the Dem is a creationist. Here’s how the article ends:
With a Democrat like this, why not vote for a Republican? Don’t think a lot of Tennessee Democrats aren’t starting to ask themselves the same question.
So this is where matters stand: The voters in Tennessee will choose one of three creationists to be the GOP candidate for Governor on 05 August; and the winner of that contest will run against a Democrat creationist in the general election on 02 November.
Hey, it’s Tennessee. Memories of William Jennings Bryan and the Scopes Trial are still strong.
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