Primarying Democracy

It’s always a mixed bag from my readers anytime I criticize Democrats. Some will agree with me, most won’t, and even more will just stay silent. I don’t get a lot of shares on social media when I hit Democrats. And then Trumpers will claim the next day that I never hit Democrats, or even issue that complaint in a reply to the cartoon hitting Democrats. Seriously.

But I believe in every opinion I express. I don’t pander and I’m not partisan because principles are not partisan. It’s why I’ll never be a member of any political party because it seems somewhere along the way, no matter which party you’re in, you’re gonna have to put ethics, morals, and principles aside for a minute.

Liz Cheney is a Republican and one of the few who voted to impeach Donald Trump for his coup attempt. There are a few other Republicans like Cheney who don’t push Trump’s Big Lie that he won the election, like Michigan Congressman Peter Meijer, who also voted to impeach Donald Trump. Naturally, Democrats will still try to beat Meijer in the general election because he’s still a Republican after all. But, should the Democrats try to beat him in his Republican primary? Should Democrats give money to an election-denying Kool-Aid-swilling fascist Trump cultist in order to have an easier path to victory in the general election this November? It makes sense politically but it doesn’t make sense morally.

There are only ten Republicans in the House who voted to impeach Donald Trump for his coup attempt. Democrats have praised them for standing up for truth and Democracy.

Democrats can’t argue for more Republicans to be like Cheney and Meijer and then pump money into their election-denying opponents’ primary campaigns. It also tells Republicans not to ever vote with them again, not to stand on principles.

Democrats have spent at least $43,885,000 on advertising campaigns in races across six states promoting MAGAt candidates against somewhat rational and reasonable Republicans (they’re still Republicans). In Michigan, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) spent $435,000 on ads promoting Meijer’s primary opponent to Republican voters as a candidate “handpicked by Trump to run for Congress.”

Last Tuesday, Meijer lost to John Gibbs, an election-denying MAGAt. Now, Democrat nominee Hillary Scholten will face off against the Gibbs goon in November. But what if it doesn’t work? If Democrats had lost to Meijer, then that would have been a seat occupied by a non-MAGAt Republican who supports democracy. If they lose to Gibbs, it’ll be another MAGAt in Congress pushing for fascism. Gibbs may be in Congress voting against certifying the next presidential election Donald Trump loses.

I don’t think Democrats are working with a sound strategy.

Carolyn Lukensmeyer, the founding executive director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, told Newsweek, “This choice by the DCCC to put a huge amount of money into supporting far-right candidates who support the conspiracy theories about a fraudulent election, is another egregious attack on people’s trust in our government.”

It’s unethical. It’s shady. And it’s telling those who pay attention that Democrats are just as shifty as Republicans.

It’s not just the DCCC playing these shifty hands and it’s not just happening in Congressional races. The Democratic Governors Association (DGA) and the House Majority PAC have run TV spots for a bunch of election deniers.

In a report in Newsweek: Last month, the DGA and Democratic incumbent Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker dropped $35 million on ads elevating Republican state Senator Darren Bailey. In Maryland, the DGA booked almost $1.2 million of airwaves to emphasize Republican state Representative Dan Cox. The House Majority PAC also spent thousands on Chris Mathys in California and Lori Saine in Colorado, while the local chapters in Colorado put millions into highlighting Ron Hanks and Greg Lopez. Bailey, Cox, Mathys, Saine, Hanks, and Lopez have all denied the legitimacy of the last presidential election.

If you win at all costs, then you’re going to be bankrupt in victory. In this case, the Democrats will be morally bankrupt.

Music note: I listened to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers while drawing today’s cartoon.

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  1. Politics is dirty business. Does it have to be? Who knows? It has forever been dirty. I go for the lesser of two evils. Repukes are super evil. That leaves Democrats as the lesser evil. I vote blue … donkey blue.
    Good commentary in cartoon form Clay. (I will check back in later to see how much trouble you got yourself into with this work.)


  2. I don’t follow party strategy too closely. Here in Maryland, seizing the governor’s seat makes pretty good sense, by any means necessary. Major decisions here of late have been especially susceptible to incumbent governors.

    Generally though I would not harry sane Republican candidates in their primaries. I sent Liz Cheney a modest donation, and would have sent more if I had it, although nearly every one of her choice-crushing, wolf-shooting, hydrocarbon-craving policies appall me. She fought for the Constitution when the Constitution needed all the friends it could get.


  3. It’s a dangerous game indeed to help a moonbat spread their message and risk their bringing more moonbats out from under the rocks. i’d settle for a moderate republican over a nutjob MAGAt any day of the week- at least one can talk with the moderate.


  4. If Democrat voters see Democrats backing a MAGAt, what are they supposed to think? I would think they want ME to vote for that MAGAt, though I would never undrstand why.
    This is a very unethical strategy, and at any other time in history, if I was American, I might be tempted to vote for that MmAGAt just because.
    Bit this is not just anytime, this is a fight for Democracy vs Demonocracy. Democrats cannot afford to lose any of their voters. They need more of their voters to come out of the woodeork.
    The money they spent on Republicabs could have and should have been spent on getting Democrats elected. Whoever came up with this strategy, even if it was me, should have their gonads removed. It was not at all well thought out.

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  5. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Really considering ‘independent!! … “This choice by the DCCC to put a huge amount of money into supporting far-right candidates who support the conspiracy theories about a fraudulent election, is another egregious attack on people’s trust in our government.”
    It’s unethical. It’s shady. And it’s telling those who pay attention that Democrats are just as shifty as Republicans.


  6. Great post, and I am 100% in agreement with you! Like you, I am not registered with any party … I reserve the right to vote for whomever I think is actually the best candidate, who has integrity and values, who will put the interests of the nation ahead of his/her own career interests as a few have done. More often than not, that means I’m voting for the lesser of two evils, and most often these days that means I’m voting for a Democrat, but sometimes I have to hold my nose while casting my ballot.

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  7. Thank you for this cartoon and commentary, Clay. It’s what I had been thinking, but you expressed it so much better than I could.


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