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Democratic meddling in GOP primaries has reached a new level of absurd

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26.07.2022

Democrats piously proclaim that they alone are committed to protecting American democracy. So how do they explain the millions of dollars they spent in support of Republicans who spout former president Donald Trump’s election lies?

It’s not unusual for committees affiliated with one party to try to boost candidates in the other party’s primary who would be a weaker nominee in the general election. The template for this gambit was the 2012 Missouri Senate race, in which Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill’s campaign sponsored television ads during the GOP primary “attacking” Rep. Todd Akin for his conservative stances that many Republicans found attractive. Akin won that primary and then famously imploded in the general election. Partisans ever since have tried to fiddle in the other party’s primaries to produce similar outcomes.

But if some extreme candidates threaten our democracy, as many Democrats say about some Republicans running in the midterms, such a tactic can be dangerous. After all, there’s always a possibility that the supposedly unelectable........

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