Friday, August 8, 2008

Nasty Loses

Nikki Tinker, who based her campaign on race and anti-Semitism, lost her primary race to incumbent Steve Cohen in Tennessee.

Cohen won a divided primary for this safe seat in 2006, becoming the only white Congressman to represent a majority-minority district in the South. Tinker, who also ran in that primary, based her challenge this time around on direct arguments that the state’s African-Americans should have a seat in Congress, and also aired a particularly nasty ad attacking the Jewish incumbent Cohen for visiting “our churches.”

But Tinker’s attacks on Cohen don’t appear to have even remotely caught on with the voters.

Good. And on behalf of Democrats and Republicans and anyone else with an ounce of decency, I hope Ms. Tinker gets the message and gets the hell out of politics.