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When Democrats fund Republicans to win elections


First that, according to Daniel Dale, a skilled compiler of the lies and falsehoods of politicians on CNN, among the 35 candidates running for a senator’s seat, more than half of them still believe that the 2020 presidential election was faked. The same goes for almost two out of three candidates for governorships. As well as for nearly half of the Republican aspirants to the post of Secretary of State, a seat which notably oversees the elections.

Second, among some races, Democratic spending to promote far-right Republican candidacies appears to have paid off.

The latest example, that of Don Bolduc, a Trumpist Republican from New Hampshire. During the primaries, a political action committee (a PAC) overseen by Chuck Schumer, the leader of the Democratic Party in the Senate, pumped just over $3 million into the campaign of Don Bolduc, a retired general, hoping to win him over a more moderate candidate, Chuck Morse. Last week, the candidate Bolduc became the one who will seek the seat of senator on November 8. The Democrats are already rubbing their hands, convinced that he will lose to their outgoing Senator Maggie Hassan.

Don Bolduc in an electoral office.

Republican primary candidate for a Senate seat Don Bolduc claimed the 2020 election was stolen.

Photo: Getty Images/Scott Eisen

Millions spent on wins

Robert Burns, an obscure Republican candidate from New Hampshire with no big campaign funding, found himself at the center of a $100,000 campaign launched by Democrats Serve. The goal was to have him elected candidate for the Republican primary so that the Democratic representative Ann Kuster would be easily re-elected against a candidate who was necessarily too extreme.

In Pennsylvania, Doug Mastriano, who once compared gun control to policies under the rule of Nazi Germany and also shared a photo saying the shutdown Roe versus wade was worse than the Holocaust, desperately wanted to get the candidacy to become governor of the state. Too much to far right of the rightsome Republicans, however, felt that he would have no chance of being elected in November.

Doug Mastriano on a podium with Donald Trump.

Doug Mastriano is one of the candidates dubbed by Donald Trump

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In Maryland, QAnon conspiracy fanatic Dan Cox ran for the Republican nomination to run for governor to replace moderate Republican Larry Hogan. He also preferred Kelly Schulz, who was more likely to be elected in November in this rather centrist state.

Finally, Darren Bailey, a rural Illinois state politician, an anti-abortionist who once campaigned for the city of Chicago to be removed from the state, has entered the race for the position of Governor of Illinois. Without much luck or funding, his hopes were pretty dim.

Yet these four candidates have three remarkable things in common: they are Trumpists who support the false theory of the stolen election, they received millions of campaign dollars from Democrats, and they were ultimately chosen by the Republican supporters.

In total, the Democrats would have interfered in at least 13 races at different levels of power. According to washington postit would be more than 50 million dollars that would have been spent by various Democratic groups with the aim of helping extreme Republican candidates and, according to them, without much chance of success on November 8th.

It is difficult to know what the share of investments Democrats in the final selection of more extreme candidates, but it demonstrates how polarization leads some politicians to adopt these kind of rather strange and, let’s say it, very risky tactics.

Not a foolproof tactic

The tactic failed, however, in the state of Colorado, where the group Democratic Colorado PAC injected no less than $4 million in particular to attack Senate candidate Joe O’Dea, a Republican who supported elements of Joe Biden’s infrastructure program. Risky anti-psychology that ended in… O’Dea being nominated by the Republicans. Which makes him a much more threatening candidate for the incumbent Democrat in this blue state.

Same thing in California, where Democrats had given a financial boost to Chris Mathys, a 2020 election denier against David Valadao, who voted to impeach Trump in 2021. Valadao was chosen by Republican voters.

What does the party think?

Among the Democrats who do not dare to openly criticize this tactic is, among others, Vice President Kamala Harris. Asked about the strategy, she evaded the question several times by answering that she did not tell other Democrats how to run their electoral campaign.

Portrait of Nancy Pelosi.

The end justifies the means to win the midterm elections, seems to say Nancy Pelosi, leader of the Democrats in the House of Representatives.

Photo: Getty Images/Win McNamee

On the other hand, Nancy Pelosi, Democratic leader in the House of Representatives, recently declared that political decisions are made with a view to our victory in the elections. We believe the contrast between Democrats and Republicans as they currently are is so stark that we must win.

A strategy that some Democrats denounce, but often with a closed microphone.

A backlash?

The phenomenon of trying to elect less adversaries solid during the primaries of the other party is not necessarily new since, in 2012, the elected Democrat Claire McCaskill of Missouri had spent more than a million dollars for the campaign of a Republican candidate without great scope. Chosen in the primary, he was defeated by McCaskill.

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Now, ten years later, in an ultra-polarized election year, the Democratic politician has acknowledged that the strategy can backfire on her party. Because, according to her, the Republican Party has changed a lot in ten years. We must not count, she said, on the authorities of the party, still devoted to Donald Trump, to disavow some of his candidates who are not very honorable in fact.

Especially if the Republican candidates change their strategy to become more eligible, now that they have to beat the Democrats in the race. The case of Darren Bailey, quoted above, who said he didn’t know if the 2020 election was decided fairly answered a few days ago, that yeshe would now accept the 2022 result no matter what.

Electoral poster by Don Bolduc.

Don Bolduc, New Hampshire’s Senate candidate, says he’s done his research and now believes the 2020 election wasn’t stolen.

Photo: Getty Images/Scott Eisen

Don Bolduc, the Republican Senate candidate from New Hampshire, made a 180 degree turn claiming he was come to the conclusion that the 2020 presidential election was not stolenafter spending more than a year pretending it was. FoxNews. And I came to the conclusion –and i want to be definitive about this– that the election was not stolen.”,”text”:”I did a lot of research on this, he said on Fox News. And I’ve come to the conclusion – and I want to be definitive about this – that the election wasn’t stolen.”}}”>I did a lot of research on this, he said on FoxNews. And I’ve come to the conclusion – and I want to be definitive on this – that the election wasn’t stolen.

Two examples among many other Republicans who, since being chosen and watching the most recent polls, modify their website, erasing here and there their radical opposition to abortion or their support for the fallacious theory of the stolen election. Having become less extreme in some cases, they become more credible, or at the very least, less frightening, in the eyes of voters. Becoming, at the same time, more threatening for the Democratic candidates…

Will voters be fooled on November 8? In any case, the Democrats are crossing their fingers so that their risky bet does not turn against them.

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