The shoe pinches when it’s on the other foot, eh, Californey Democrats? Excerpt:
California is part of the path for the Democratic takeover. Yet, there’s a problem. The deep-blue state has so many Democrats running in several races that they could splinter the vote. Whittling down the field to where only Republicans appear on the ballot. In California, the two top vote getters in a primary advance to the general election, even if they’re from the same party. This has sent Democrats into panic mode (via NYT):
National Democrats, confronting mushrooming political chaos across Southern California, are pouring millions of dollars into congressional races to avert a self-inflicted disaster that could undermine their chances at taking control of the House.
After months of optimism that the state’s June 5 primary would position them to pick off seven Republican-held districts in November — a substantial down payment on reclaiming the House — Democrats are now trying to ensure that they do not hurt themselves because of their unusually crowded slates of candidates.
With so many Democrats running, the party’s fear is that the vote will be splintered, allowing Republicans — who have fewer candidates — to dominate some primaries. The party and allied groups are spending more than $4 million on just three campaigns, intervening in one contest to prop up a favored candidate; attacking a Republican from the right in another; and even reminding people not to waste their votes on “ghost candidates” who have dropped out yet remain on the ballot.
California Democrats liked the idea of their “top two” jungle primary when it allowed them to establish one-party rule of the (formerly) Golden State. But now… Well, be careful what you wish for, because you might just get it.
With generic party preference tolls approaching a tie, the odds of a “blue wave” this November is looking less and less favorable; and that failure, should it materialize, may well originate in California, with the Democrats there acting like passengers in a lifeboat trying frantically to do each other in by boring holes in the hull.
It’s nice to see that Colorado Republicans aren’t the only ones prone to forming circular firing squads.
Cautionary note to the political Right: It’s too early to be too optimistic. November is still a long ways off. But it’s fun watching pols and would-be pols play slash and snap. It’s going to be a very entertaining mid-term election season.