Tonight, Tammy Baldwin, an out gay woman, was elected to the Senate. Gay marriage won. And a President who openly came out in favor of gay marriage (something hard to imagine even a few years ago) was reelected.
Mark Clayton won the Democratic primary for a Tennessee Senate seat in August 2012, after competing in a field of seven other candidates.
Clayton, an anti-gay fringe conspiracy theorist who served a stint in the Army reserve and has worked a variety of odd jobs, won 26% of the vote despite raising no money. The Tennessee Democratic Party disavowed Clayton the day after the primary, but his name will remain on the ballot opposing GOP Sen. Bob Corker.
Clayton’s views align more closely with those of the John Birch Society, which once called President Dwight D. Eisenhower a Communist, than the Democratic Party — though some of his ideas might be a little much even for JBS. He believes the government is building concentration camps to imprison Americans and that elites in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada are conspiring to form a “North American Union” (NAU) merging the three nations — both conspiracy theories common in the antigovernment “Patriot” movement.
When he ran for a Senate seat in 2008, Clayton accused Google of censoring his campaign website on behalf of the Chinese government. That website, which has since been taken down, thanked supporters for helping defend Tennessee against the NAU, national ID cards and “radical homosexual lobbying groups who want to get in the Boy Scouts.”
Clayton also claimed that Austrian-born California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was planning to amend the Constitution so he could run for president and “fulfill Hitler’s superman scenario.” Clayton’s current site is tamer, though he wants to eliminate “secret national ID cards” from Tennessee drivers’ licenses and to stop the government from mandating that “transexual[s] and homosexuals” grab children in “stranger-danger zones” in airports.
If you live in Tennessee, please vote for Martin Pleasant of the Green Party for U.S. Senate.
Republican strategist Steve Schmidt admitted Monday that allegations of voter fraud have been invented by his party.
While both the GOP and the Democratic party want to maximize the ranks of eligible voters, said Schmidt, who helped coordinate Rep. John McCain’s (R-AZ) failed bid for the presidency four years ago, “all of this stuff that has transpired over the last two years is in search of a solution to a problem, voting fraud, that doesn’t really exist when you look deeply at the question.”
However, over that time period, several Republican-controlled states have enacted strict voter identification laws and cut early voting hours, in an apparent effort to stifle voter participation.
“I think that it’s part of the mythology now in the Republican Party that there’s widespread voter fraud across the country,” he told MSNBC host Chuck Todd. “In fact, there’s not.”