Last night's 60 point blowout for Steve Cohen represents something of a milestone in Memphis politics. It's a big win not just Steve, but for the city. If there's any good to come out of the $750,000 or so Emily's List invested in Nikki Tinker during the past two cycles, it's giving Memphis an opportunity to reject these low-life tactics in no uncertain terms.
From smintheus on Daily Kos:
Who knew, Democratic voters don't want to send a bigoted, union-busting lawyer to Congress. Nikki Tinker was trounced today in the Democratic primary in TN-09. With 89% of precincts reporting, incumbent Steve Cohen leads Tinker 79% to 19%.
It's a humiliation not just for the vile Tinker but also for those who endorsed her, especially EMILY's List and the DLC's Harold Ford, Jr. Her scurrilous, racist, anti-semitic attacks on the widely admired Cohen were so repulsive that in the last days before the primary EMILY's List felt obliged to renounce them. And so did her former employer, Harold Ford, though only a few hours before the polls closed. The humiliation for Tinker and her backers was not just the repudiation of her and her tactics that Tennessee voters delivered today. The deeper humiliation was the kind of campaign she ran, and the willingness of her backers to look the other way for so long. They've all lost face from this campaign.
Steve Cohen, on the other hand, deserves plaudits for rising above the muck and triumphing.
The incendiary ad unavailable yesterday posted after the jump:
Narrator: "Sometimes apologies just aren't enough."