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Joe Carr, Lamar Alexander's Challenger, Whiffs In First At-Bat

FILE ? In this Jan. 16, 2013, file photo, state Rep. Joe Carr holds a news conference in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Carr announced o
FILE ? In this Jan. 16, 2013, file photo, state Rep. Joe Carr holds a news conference in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Carr announced on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, that he will challenge incumbent Lamar Alexander for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination in Tennessee. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig, File)

The whole phenomenon of Tea Party insurgent candidates seeking to knock off conservative incumbents in primaries continues unabated as we swing into the 2014 midterms. In recent weeks, a slew of self-styled pure conservatives have targeted South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, and now, even Texas Sen. John Cornyn is seen as insufficiently conservative. Next up: Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander, last seen running only five points ahead of a "generic conservative" in recent polls.

Breitbart News reported Monday that conservative radio host Ralph Bristol was teasing an announcement about a challenge to Alexander that would "alter" Tennessee's "political landscape." Well, true to his word, Bristol hosted State Rep. Joe Carr on Tuesday, and Carr told listeners that he would drop his challenge to Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) and try to take out Alexander instead.

Rather than alter the political landscape, however, it seems that Carr's first move was to alter the landscape of the English language, as this screenshot from Nashville Scene's Steven Hale demonstrates.

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As they say, "You had one job."

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