DCCC Want to Enable Worst Right-Wing Candidates-How’d That Work Out for Us With Trump?
Remember all the glee coming out of the Serious Democrat Strategists last summer? When the GOP nominated Trump, and they were looking for a 49-state landslide, taking over the Senate and House, and wiping out all the gains the GOP had made since 2010?
How the Democrats were then going to jam a real liberal progressive Supreme Court Justice down the right’s throat, one that would tilt the court for a generation?
How’d that work out for us?
So. Comes now this Politico piece about how Democrats are going to dabble in backing the most extreme, disgusting candidates in GOP primaries, to give themselves cakewalk paths to electoral victory in the general election:
With Republican Senate primaries from West Virginia to Montana promising to pit Trump-inspired insurgents against more mainstream candidates, Democrats are considering ways to step in and wreak some havoc. The idea: Elevate the GOP’s most extreme option in each race, easing Democrats’ path to victory in a range of states tilted against them.
At its most aggressive, the tactic could be a sequel to Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill’s 2012 campaign against then-GOP Rep. Akin in Missouri. She actively intervened in the Republican primary with ads designed to boost the conservative Akin to the front of the pack. Once he became the nominee, a series of gaffes — led by his “legitimate rape” comment — and hard-line positions unraveled his campaign.
Possibilities abound to revive the strategy next year, Democrats say. They’re exploring states, including Arizona, where Kelli Ward, a challenger to Sen. Jeff Flake, said Sen. John McCain should vacate his seat “as quickly as possible” after his brain cancer diagnosis. They’re looking at Nevada, where frequent candidate Danny Tarkanian — who once mused about “pretend[ing] we’re black,” referring to his African-American opponent — is running against Sen. Dean Heller.
This just gives me a sinking feeling.
“You always have to watch closely what’s going on on the other side. But you cannot force a fumble in these situations,” warned party strategist Matt Canter, a senior staffer at the Senate Democrats’ campaign arm in 2012, when McCaskill defeated Akin. “Unfortunately, the goal posts have moved on what’s considered sane and reasonable now.”