Here are two pieces of political information that simply don’t compute.
When Tennessee lawyer John Wolfe ran for mayor of Chattanooga in 2001, he couldn’t muster 3 percent of the vote. On Tuesday night, when he challenged Barack Obama in Arkansas’ Democratic presidential primary, Wolfe received 42 percent of the vote.
How is this possible? How can an obscure perennial candidate with no campaign funds, no major party connections, and a long string of small-potatoes defeats on his résumé put a scare in an incumbent president? As Wolfe prepared to bring his paper-clip campaign down to Texas this week, he tried to make sense of it himself.