Why Democrats poured millions into a risky strategy to lift Republicans out of MAGA

Dan Cox paid for Donald Trump to confiscate voting machines in the month following the 2020 presidential election, and meets with Gannon’s supporters. During the January 6 rebellion, as the rioters closed down Mike Pence, Cox tweeted that the vice president was a “traitor.” And last Tuesday night, Cox won the Republican nomination for governor of Maryland with the help of more than $1 million in TV ads from…Democrats?

It has already been a very strange few years in American politics, but this fall’s elections will provide a very dangerous test of a seemingly counter-intuitive strategy, one that will prove to be either an evil genius or incredibly stupid. Democrats — desperate to revitalize midterm voters who are tired of inflation and the coronavirus, as well as Democrats — are spending time and money upgrading radical Republican candidates. The theory is that providing as much contrast as possible increases the Democrats’ chances of winning. So in Maryland, it meant that DG funding ads boost Cox at the expense of Kelly Schulze, A more moderate republican was supported by the state’s Republican establishment, including the current governor Larry Hogan. In Illinois, the DGA has provided similar and successful assistance to Trump supported Darren Bailey A MAGA fan who defeated two fairly mediocre core opponents. Democrats have also tried to help those they believe are weaker than Republican opponents of the general election in the Pennsylvania gubernatorial race. US Senate race in Colorado; The American House Competition in California.

He says, “He’s crazy like a fox.” Cornell Belcher A strategist who worked on both Barack ObamaWinning presidential election campaigns. “If you can influence the odds of winning up front, it’s hard to argue with doing that. If I had the ability to run against someone I knew would be the weaker opponent, shouldn’t I? That’s no no no shit ground. The potential for Maryland to become Republic in November is much less today than it would have been if the Hogan-like candidate had won that primary.”

JB Pritzker, The current Illinois governor has dumped $24 million of his fortune into the Democratic Governors Association, prompting talk of a presidential election in 2024. In the short term, though, Pritzker’s money has helped buy “education issues” ads that help Bailey’s Republican primary race. The strategy does seem to be paying off, albeit in a tragic context: Less than a week after winning the Republican nomination, Billy presented himself to many Illinois voters by urging people to “move forward” quickly from the July 4 mass shooting July in suburban Chicago (I apologize later for the comment). “Can Darren Bailey win? Anything is possible.” Aviva Bowen Illinois Democratic Strategist. But I don’t see Illinois voters supporting a candidate who wants to make abortion illegal in cases of rape and incest, who has spoken out about excluding Chicago from the state. So I think it was a smart move.”

This kind of workmanship is not unprecedented. The most famous example of its success is Claire McCaskillDefeating Todd Akin in the US Senate race in Missouri. But that was 2012, in a political atmosphere that seems completely strange compared to today’s hyperpolarization. “It has been tried many times. It has worked very few times” John Del Siscato A Democratic National Strategist based in New York. “It’s dangerous to play for a certain candidate and then celebrate when they win, especially when there’s a late primary season turning into the general. Because now you carry a certain amount of momentum from winning. Those at your base and some of your persuasive targets see that you have something special.”

The dynamics of individual races vary, of course, but what connects and drives the strategy of playing with fire is pervasive pessimism. For all the common sense maneuvering to compete against a weaker opponent, there’s also a frustrating sense that without some madness or the threat of a villain on the other side, the Democratic candidates can’t win on their own. “I watch focus groups, Democratic voters get frustrated and depressed,” says one strategist. They are tired of everyone involved in politics. Yes, the Supreme Court Ro The decision angered them. But some of that anger is directed at their party: Why didn’t you guys write this down when you had the chance? Instead of righteous indignation, it is more like righteous surrender. So anything that would set the Democrats on fire in November is welcome.”


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