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John Nichols of The Nation is reporting that Glenn Jacobs, a WWE professional wrestler who is best known by his ring name Kane, is considering a primary challenge to Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN).

Jacobs's political views are not well-known, however, since he's been named as a potential primary challenger to an incumbent Republican U.S. Senator, he's probably a Tea Partier.

Jacobs, if he does run, wouldn't be the first person affiliated with WWE in any way to attempt to run for U.S. Senate. Former WWE CEO Linda McMahon has done so twice in Connecticut, both times winning the Republican nomination before losing to Democratic opponents in open-seat races (Richard Blumenthal in 2010 and Chris Murphy in 2012).

If Jacobs (or any other Republican primary challenger) defeats Alexander, given that it's Tennessee, Democrats don't have much chance of pulling off an upset unless they nominate a strong candidate. The Democratic bench in Tennessee is very thin and the state has become increasingly Republican in recent years. The only Democrat that I know of who has considered a 2014 run against Alexander, Jacobs, or whoever else wins the Republican nomination in the Tennessee U.S. Senate race is Joe Brown, a TV judge who was previously a real judge in Shelby County, Tennessee.

Originally posted to Aaron Camp on DailyKos on Sat May 18, 2013 at 04:51 AM PDT.

Also republished by Three Star Kossacks.

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, poopdogcomedy, wdrath, bythesea

    If it takes a village to change a state, it'll take a city to change America!

    by DownstateDemocrat on Sat May 18, 2013 at 04:51:04 AM PDT

  •  I love Judge Joe Brown out of all the judge shows. (0+ / 0-)
  •  A shoe in (0+ / 0-)

    In Taen-o-z this has to be a winner.

    Alexander is a dick-head.  However, in the land of lazy thinkers, where "everyone knows a name", he has a big advantage.  

    Faced with a name that is also easy to remember Alexander should be shitting himself.

    •  Yeah, I despise Alexander so much that I think (0+ / 0-)

      Jacobs might actually be an upgrade.

      But who, if anybody, is behind Jacobs pulling the strings. I hope, nobody, but I'm guessing there's some money behind him, since it's a U.S. Senate race. Vince's?

      "When people spin this in partisan terms to obfuscate the truth, it does a real disservice to normal people not in the big club in DC. Many of them will be hurting...That is why I write."--priceman

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Sat May 18, 2013 at 07:17:46 AM PDT

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    •  Nah, I doubt Lamar has much to worry about (0+ / 0-)

      At least from this guy.  He might get teabagged by someone, since that asshole is too "liberal" by teastandards, but he might still prevail even if a stronger primary challenger from teabagistan emerges.

  •  Joe Brown is a solid name even if one didn't (0+ / 0-)

    know about his teevee gig.  Remember Al Greene in SC, the spoiler who defeated a strong Dem in the primary and then predictably went on to lose to DeMint?  Brown should go for it.

    Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

    by judyms9 on Sat May 18, 2013 at 05:46:48 AM PDT

  •  Even more (0+ / 0-)

    caricaturish Republicans YEEEAI!!

    Next a rodeo clown will primary Lindsay Graham

  •  Seems a good match (0+ / 0-)

    WWE antics line up pretty well with Teat Party antics.

    "What could BPossibly go wrong??" -RLMiller "God is just pretend." - eru

    by nosleep4u on Sat May 18, 2013 at 06:33:02 AM PDT

  •  He's generally been described as a libertarian (0+ / 0-)

    Also as a big-L Libertarian who has been active in the LP.  He's the sort who would back Ron Paul and be aligned with Lew Rockwell.

    •  If Jacobs runs as a Libertarian... (0+ / 0-)

      ...that could allow Joe Brown (or some other Democrat) to win with quite a bit less than 50%+1 of the vote.

      Thanks for mentioning the possibility that Jacobs might run as a Libertarian against Alexander.

      If it takes a village to change a state, it'll take a city to change America!

      by DownstateDemocrat on Sat May 18, 2013 at 08:26:44 AM PDT

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  •  Joe Brown would be interesting from what (0+ / 0-)

    I've read about his fan base he attracts a lot of the down scale whites that Democrats have had trouble reaching, he does this while still having a large black fan base. Too bad he wasn't running in a state like Indiana where that might be enough, even in Tennessee a Dem win is hard to see. But if he does run it wouldn't be a free ride for the GOP and that would be a small victory in of itself.

    -1.63/ -1.49 "Speaking truth to power" (with snark of course)!

    by dopper0189 on Sat May 18, 2013 at 07:12:39 AM PDT

  •  I love Glen Jacobs. Kane is a good wrestler (1+ / 0-)
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    and has given me years of entertainment.

    But it's hard to understand why he prefers running against Lamar to being kissed by this woman on TV and making large amounts of money.

    I guess it's because he must be near the end of his career. I will be sad to see him go. Can't say how I'll feel about his politics till I know what they are, but I have a bad feeling they might be of the Tea Party variety if he's primarying Alexander.

    "When people spin this in partisan terms to obfuscate the truth, it does a real disservice to normal people not in the big club in DC. Many of them will be hurting...That is why I write."--priceman

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Sat May 18, 2013 at 07:15:33 AM PDT

    •  I was thinking he's looking toward retirement (1+ / 0-)
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      Jacobs has been wrestling for over twenty years, a fair amount of it involving big moves and hardcore rules.  Even though he's keeping himself in phenomenal shape for his age, it's gotta be catching up with him.

      As to his politics, dunno. Wait and see. It's not like he can be as much of a nutbar as Warrior turned out to be.

      -----
      Tom Smith Online
      I want a leader who shoots for the moon. The last time we had one, we got to the moon.

      by filkertom on Sat May 18, 2013 at 08:01:48 AM PDT

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      •  Warrior is fucking hilarious. (1+ / 0-)
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        filkertom

        My boyfriend and I regularly go into Warrior-mode and engage in Ultimate-Warrior-style rants.

        Good times...

        "When people spin this in partisan terms to obfuscate the truth, it does a real disservice to normal people not in the big club in DC. Many of them will be hurting...That is why I write."--priceman

        by SouthernLiberalinMD on Sat May 18, 2013 at 10:16:22 AM PDT

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      •  It's so hilarious that he legally changed his name (1+ / 0-)
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        to "Warrior."

        "When people spin this in partisan terms to obfuscate the truth, it does a real disservice to normal people not in the big club in DC. Many of them will be hurting...That is why I write."--priceman

        by SouthernLiberalinMD on Sat May 18, 2013 at 10:17:17 AM PDT

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      •  D-bry should be his campaign manager. (1+ / 0-)
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        filkertom

        In character.

        "I like that he's really tall.. and when he brings his arms down he makes fire somehow. I think that would make him a good Senator."  LOL

        "When people spin this in partisan terms to obfuscate the truth, it does a real disservice to normal people not in the big club in DC. Many of them will be hurting...That is why I write."--priceman

        by SouthernLiberalinMD on Sat May 18, 2013 at 01:13:32 PM PDT

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  •  Lamar Alexanader better GET READY TO RUMBLE!!!!!! (1+ / 0-)
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    Funny Stuff at http://www.funnyordie.com/oresmas

    by poopdogcomedy on Sat May 18, 2013 at 10:32:43 AM PDT

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