Sunday, October 09, 2022

Cynical Democrats helped fund the worst of the Trumpinistas seeking Republican primaries election.

by Rod Williams, Oct. 8, 2022 - Cynical Democrats helped fund the worst of the Trumpinistas seeking election in Republican primaries, the idea being that if Dems helped the worst of the Republican Trumpinistas win their party's nomination, that in the General Election voters would vote for Democrats instead of demigods. 

Democrat Party organizations, like the Democratic Governors Association and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and other Democrat groups and candidates boosted election-denying Republicans in GOP primaries, spending almost $44 million. Donald Trump who held rallies for the candidates he recruited or endorsed has spent almost none of the millions he raised supposedly to help elect Republicans. Apparently, he is saving the money for his own campaign. 

I was hoping that there would be enough sane Republicans that the Democrat ploy would fail; unfortunately, it worked. I am sure that now, many Democrats regret the ploy. Not only did they succeed in nominating Republicans who do not believe in the democratic transfer of power and who would likely support a coup, but many of these Republicans are going to beat their Democrat opponent. The Democrats share the blame for electing the worse the Republicans have to offer. If the next coup attempt succeeds, Democrats share the blame.

A Time's article says that an analysis from OpenSecrets, a nonprofit that tracks money in politics, reports that in Pennsylvania, Democratic candidate Josh Shapiro spent $840,000 on ads that helped election denier Doug Mastriano achieve victory in the GOP gubernatorial primary. That is more money than Mastriano spent on himself.  

Mastriano has been subpoenaed by the Jan. 6 committee for his alleged effort to overturn the outcome of the 2020 election. If Mastriano wins, he would appoint Pennsylvania’s next secretary of state, whose powers would include certifying the election results in 2024. Not only is Mastriano an election denier, he is also a conspiracy theorist, a supporter of Christian nationalism, and has promoted QAnon. He is a far-right-wing nut. He is not the kind of person who I want holding political office.

This puts a lifelong conservative Republican like me in a bind. On the one hand, I would like to see the Democrat ploy of helping nominate really bad Republicans fail. It would serve Democrats right if these Trumpinistas win.  However, my love of country is greater than my love of party and my disgust with Democrats. While I hate to see the Democrat strategy work, I do not want people who do not support the peaceful transfer of power to be in charge of certifying election results. Defeating people who would likely support the next coup attempt is the most important issue for me in these mid-term elections. 

I just sent a contribution to Josh Shapiro, the Democrat candidate for Governor in Pennsylvania

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