The Democrats’ midterm primary elections strategy of spending tens of millions of dollars to boost the candidacies of MAGA election liars demonstrates a crass contempt for the political process heretofore associated with Republicans’ efforts to position themselves to steal future elections. Democrats have not yet acquired the adeptness that Republicans display in cloaking their nefarious efforts under artful phraseology such as “election integrity.” Perhaps if they continue to perfect their plunge into previously putrid pits that were the preserve of the GOP, they too will devise words and phrases that belie their true intentions.
Now, as the primary season ends, we find ourselves with a bevy of dangerous MAGA Republican Senate and House candidates on the November ballot, greatly assisted in arriving there by Democratic money. The theory advanced by the cynical Democrats behind this risky strategy is that these right-wing extremists will be easier to defeat than more mainstream Republicans. We can only pray that this is what will actually happen, but there are no guarantees.
No one can accurately predict what the world will look like on November 8, 2022. Seven weeks can be an eternity in politics. Just examine what has happened in the last seven weeks:
- The Department of Justice (DOJ) searched Trump’s not very secure Mar-a-Lago home/club and uncovered a huge cache of fresh evidence of his shocking criminality.
- DOJ also vastly expanded its investigation into Trump’s desperate criminal attempts to remain in office.
- Trump invoked the Fifth Amendment’s right against self-incrimination hundreds of times during a civil deposition conducted by the New York State Attorney General, notwithstanding his oft-repeated assertion that anyone taking the Fifth must be a criminal.
- The Fulton County (Georgia) grand jury investigating his criminal attempts to steal the Georgia 2020 election moved closer to an indictment.
- President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law, the most important climate change legislation ever, among other landmark achievements.
- Panicked Republican candidates back-pedaled away from draconian state abortion restrictions that have riled up suburban women voters and jeopardized GOP chances in November.
- The ravages of climate change turned Kentucky and California into nightmarish disaster regions.
- Despite daily headlines about the devastation wrought by climate change, Republicans continued to claim that climate change is a hoax.
- Gas prices plummeted, but inflation remained stubbornly high.
- The Federal Reserve raised interest rates again.
While much of this is likely good news for Democratic electoral prospects, things can change overnight. A barely averted freight railroad strike would have disrupted supply chains even more (railroads move 40 percent of goods) and would have spiked inflation, stopping Democrats’ midterm momentum in its tracks. Another Fed rate hike could move the country into recession. Republicans would delight in such bad news. It’s possible that some of the uber-reactionary Republican office-seekers whom Democrats cynically helped lift to primary victories might actually win.
Democrats rushing in where angels fear to tread should be careful what they wish for.
September 16, 2022