Paid For By the Tennessee Democratic PartyI wasn't surprised by what I found in the mail yesterday. This close to Election Day, with early voting underway in Tennessee, it is not uncommon to find the dirty mailers in the post from candidates of all stripes about their opponents. You know, the bulk mail pieces that essentially say "candidate X is the devil." The one I happened to come across yesterday listed a series of half-truths about the career of Mike Faulk and warned us all that if Faulk is elected to the State Senate, rapists will run free all over the State of Tennessee.
I expected to see the obligatory bulk mailer portraying Mike Faulk as one of Satan's Legions after several days worth of circular cards portraying Mike Williams as Jesus Christ (the really phony part was the quote from Bunker Phil calling his tool Williams "my friend"). It only follows that after days of trying to convince voters that you are the Messiah of the 4th District through the Post Office, you must then offer up the notion through the same medium that your opponent represents the Prince of Darkness. Knowing this reality, I would just have shrugged the mail piece off and nearly did until I noticed the fine print: "Paid for by the Tennessee Democratic Party."
From the day Mike Williams left the Republican Party, he said he was becoming an independent. He attempted to say that he would not be tied to either of the two parties, but many of us have long suspected that he is really a Democrat who is not running as one because he knows, as the rest of us do, that the day a candidate wins in this district running as the Democratic nominee, it will be a universal signal that the Apocalypse is upon us. I have a better chance of defeating Barack Obama as a write-in candidate than a Democrat has of winning in the 4th Senate District of Tennessee.
Williams should not be called a Democrat merely because he voted for John Wilder. Yes, the circumstances of that vote were shady because it appears that Williams was out for his own advancement, but in John Wilder's 36 years as Lieutenant Governor, he received many Republican votes at roll call on the day the General Assembly opened. Williams' Democratic sympathies are better ascertained by looking at the company he keeps and the enemies he makes. He is cozy with Democratic Leadership in ways that make it appear as though he is one of their number, and they've even been known to invite him to Caucus meetings. Through the latest anti-Faulk mailer, we now see that the extent of Mike Williams' relationship with the Democrats is so thorough that the Democratic Party is paying for campaign mailings on Williams' behalf.
If it looks like a duck, and walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck...
The biggest problem with Mike Williams is the reality that he is operating under a cloud of partisan deception wherein he is hiding the reality from his constituents of what his real political party is and where his sympathies truly lay. He is doing so because he knows that to come out and say "I am a Democrat" will likely get him defeated in November. Hence, for fear of losing, he cannot face his constituents and tell them the truth.