In the wake of the collapse of the Ride Tide as is came up against the Blue Breakwater, today let's you and I turn our attention to a very specific subset of that species of media pundits who specialize in “Scolding Democrats for Not Being Republican-Lite". That self-serving ideological template that Beltway pundits and Never Trumpers impose on everything Democrats do. "You know, if the GOP really is an existential threat, as Dems claim, why aren’t they taking it seriously by doing [whatever their godawful advice du jour happened to be that day.]
Or, “Sure Democrats claim they don’t want to defund the police, but “people” believe they do! It’s “out there” and Biden needs to respond.”
Or, “Sure trans athletes in high schools may seem like a small issue but the Radical Left…[yadda yadda]…alienates 'normal voters'".
If you 've been paying any attention at all since these deadbeats got run out of their own party crashed ours, you've heard just endless shit like that, from the commanding heights of the op-ed pages of American newspapers, to their sinecures on CNN and MSNBC, to their podcasts and websites which are underwritten by CNN and MSNBC .
Well, as some of you probably remember that about five months ago, many Savvy Pundits got all the way up on their high horses to savage a small number of Democrats for running ads in Republican primaries.
Ads which were perfectly truthful and said, more or less, “So and so believes crazy things. Forced birth. Everyone should own a bazooka. Etc. And so and so is too conservative for our state.”
This was strategy Claire McCaskill successfully used in Missouri to bring the late Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin to the attention of Missouri Republican primary voters, who loved the madness coming out of his mouth and nominated him, after which McCaskill beat him in the general election.
Well this time around, idea that a tiny number of Democrats would deploy exactly strategy for exactly the same reason drove the Savvy Pundits crazy. Which was objectively hilarious, because literally all these ads did was accurately describe Darren Bailey, for example, as the nut job he is.
You see, what the Savvy Pundits didn’t want you to think about was that the only way such ads could be effective was if the GOP base really was as batshit as we Liberals have always said they were, and all the Savvy Pundits have always denied.
Anyway, out of all the hundreds and hundreds of federal and state races happening across the country, Democrats ran such ads in only 13 races. I did the math a few months ago, and it came to something like “0.77%” of all races, so not exactly a trend sweeping the nation, but it was yet another opportunity for the the Savvy Pundits to berate Democrats for the sin of doing politics, and they grabbed it with both hands and ran with it.
Here is what Politico was writing in August about the GOP primary in the race for New Hampshire's 2nd District U.S. House seat:
Dems interfere in GOP primary in New Hampshire
A Democratic group is airing cable TV ads boosting a pro-Trump candidate in one of New Hampshire’s competitive House districts.
Democrats are once again meddling in a GOP primary — this time in a competitive New Hampshire House district, with the goal of elevating a far-right candidate over a moderate backed by GOP Gov. Chris Sununu.
The intervention in the race to take on Democratic Rep. Annie Kuster comes from an unlikely source: Democrats Serve, a new PAC that backs Democratic candidates with public service backgrounds. The group has booked some $94,000 on cable TV to boost Bob Burns, a pro-Trump Republican who is campaigning as the “only pro-life candidate” in the Sept. 13 primary...
Democrats play with fire in GOP primaries
The Never Trump Bulwark crew were in quite the tizzy. Here's Mona Charen on her Bulwark podcast asking the Never Trumper's newest favorite political philosopher, Yacha Mounk, a question in the form of a long tirade.
Mona Charen on her Bulwark podcast:
Charen: But then there's this other problem, which is the democrats wanting to flirt with the crazies Republican candidates, because they assume what could possibly go wrong, that they'll be easier to beat. So this Mastriano guy who won the Republican nomination did so with an assist from Josh Shapiro, the state attorney general who ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination but, uh, he spent uh, between ... the estimates range from between half a million to three quarters of a million bucks running an ad urging voters to choose Mastriano because he figured he'd be easier to beat. Now Mastriano, he attended the stop...he not only denies the validity of the 2020 election, he attended the "Stop The Steal" rally, he chartered busses to take people he continues to spread conspiracy theories related to voting machines. He wants to end all state contracts with the companies that were in charge in 2020. He spoke at a conference that featured Qanon themes and he would require all Pennsylvanians to re-register to vote. Now, y'know, you might say "Well, yeah, that guy should be easy to beat" but is that a reliable and safe thing for any responsible politician to do in today's America? To just assume that the nut cases can't get elected?
Yacha Mounk: No, this is absolutely irresponsible. And I mean, y'know, I mean, look, let's not have a false equivalency here, but it's the Republicans who are going around saying stop the steal and boasting as Mastriano has, about his ability to appoint a secretary of state who can reverse account and basically undermine the integrity of the 2024 elections. But for Democrats -- who are rightly warning about this danger -- to then go and try to elevate the worst of those candidates is just morally wrong and strategically stupid...I hope that Josh Shapiro will sleep very, very badly at night. I'm very angry about this!
Here is MSNBC's favorite, gay, man-bunned, Berkley-residing Conservative-on-loan-from-The-Bulwark, Tim Miller, slapping Democrat's wrists for not [checks notes] putting party over country.
But of all the scolding, shrewish pundits raining cavils down on the tiny number of Democratic campaigns who were doing this, the most perfectly distilled example came from the King of Sternly Lecturing Stoopid Democrats On How Politics Should Be Done, Mr. David Brooks of The New York Times. From June 30, 2022 (with emphasis scattered here and there):
Why on Earth Is Pelosi Supporting the Trumpists?
The moral idiocy of promoting the extremists.
Wow. Sounds bad. "Pelosi" and "moral idiocy" in one word-spurt. Quote:
The Democratic Party is behaving recklessly and unpatriotically. So far, Democrats have spent tens of millions to help Trumpist candidates in Republican primaries.
Wow. Sounds even worse. It's not just "Pelosi" but "Democrats" generally who are behaving "recklessly and unpatriotically." It's "Democrats" who have spent "tens of millions to help Trumpist candidates..."
Golly! Tell me more David Brooks!
In the next paragraph...
In Illinois alone, the Democratic Governors Association and Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker spent at least $30 million to attack a Trumpist’s moderate gubernatorial opponent.
Oh. So the lion's share of those "tens of millions" Brooks was shitting himself over "Democrats" spending was actually spent by one guy. My governor. Who, as an actual multibillionaire, certainly had the money to spend and then some.
Thanks, Citizens United!
So, jumping ahead from the Savvy Pundit's Hot Reproachful Summer to the bracing, Fall post-election weather, how did all of this reckless, unpatriotic Democratic tomfoolery work out?
Well of the 13 primaries in which Dems spent money, the most extreme crackpot lost in seven of them,which leaves only six.
And of those six…Democrats won ALL of those seats on Tuesday.
Won all of them by ten points or better.
In the race for Illinois governor, JB Pritzker (D) beat forced birth crackpot Darren Bailey (R) by 13 points.
In the race for Maryland governor, Wes Moore (D) beat far-right crank Dan Cox by 23 points.
In the race for Pennsylvania governor, Josh Shapiro (D) beat Confederate cos-play elections denier Doug Mastriano (R) by 13 points.
In the Michigan 3rd District, U.S. House race, Hillary Scholten (D) beat far-right John Gibbs (R) by 10 points.
In the race for Senate in New Hampshire, Maggie Hassan (D) beat crazy Don Bolduc (R) by 10 points.
And that Kuster (D) vs. Burns (R) race that Politico was all worked up about? Democrat Annie Kuster kicked Bob Burns' ass by 13 points.
So did this finally knock enough sense into our Savvy Pundits so that they've finally learned to shut their holes about that which they know not?
Of course not.
Because there is a Club.
And you and I ain't in it.