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Trump crony and now Republican nominee for Kansas Governor, Kris Kobach (l)

No, It Is Not Automatically Better For Democrats That Trump Disciples Keep Winning Republican Primaries

We Think This Is One Where Mainstream Media Is Getting It ALL Wrong!

HuffPost writes “In Minnesota and Kansas, the victory of Trump-style candidates [in primaries] makes GOP wins [in the general election] less likely”. While that may (or may not) be true, we believe it’s totally missing the point.

And what’s that? As long as those more extreme candidates are still on the ballot, they could still win.

Like, didn’t you learn that lesson when Trump won the Presidency?!

So keeping those “Trump-style” candidates in the race, in our opinion, is a far greater risk. Maybe not if you look at the odds, but because of the implications. Even if it’s a long-shot, the consequences of wins by candidates of this ilk would be so dire it should be sounding alarm bells all over the place. And as we’ve been reminded in all the narrower-than-expected special election losses by Democrats, “close” doesn’t send you to Washington or put you in the statehouse.

Trump pet Kris Kobach is now the Republican nominee for Governor in Kansas after his opponent, the current Governor Jeff Colyer, stopped challenging primary results that showed him behind by a very slim margin. And in Minnesota, once-rising Republican star Tim Pawlenty was embarrassed in a primary loss to Jeff Johnson, who had Trump’s full-throated support.

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Former Minnesota Governor and fading Republican star Tim Pawlenty campaigning for Mitt Romney back in 2012

So question is: can Democratic challengers muster the enthusiasm among their perspective voters as those Republicans portrayed as “fringe” candidates almost certainly will with the portion of the electorate who will turn up en masse at a snap of Trump’s fingers?

Maybe. Maybe there aren’t as many “casual” Trump supporters around as there were two years ago. Maybe there are more mainstream Republicans who’ll be less inclined to vote. Maybe Democrats do have more of a chance to win. But it’s also automatically now more critical that they do actually win.

Trump has again and again proven his ability to get supporters out to the polls like nobody’s business. And yet you’re really asking us to believe in a general election Trump’s support will prove all of a sudden to be a fatal liability? Trump doesn’t see it that way, telling the Wall Street Journal “I think the Democrats give up when I turn out….If you want to know the truth, I don’t think it energizes them. I think it de-energizes them.”

We hope y’all are right. And we’re praying we’re wrong. And we’re not saying Democrats can’t win. But opining that the Trump-fiends will be the easier set of opponents? We don’t think so. In fact we believe the opposite may be true.

Because:

  • 100% of Trump supporters are going to be out there to support whomever he “blesses” come election day. Which could very well more than make up for the absence of the few “normal” Republicans who might be lukewarm to some of these radical Right candidates,

Making it more crucial than ever Democrats not just prevail, but vanquish opponents. If they don’t — no matter how close they come — it’s game over. Because while Democrats are almost certain to pick up a few seats in the midterms, the Republicans coming in will be so much more extreme, it’ll make your head spin. And Trump’s win will then be complete, as all his dominoes will finally line up.

However distasteful the scenario might also have been with more mainstream Conservatives prevailing in primaries, we’re now looking at the very real possibility of a nation dominated by Trump cultists as early as next year.

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Peabody award winning journalist. Streaming media pioneer. Played @ CBGB back in the day. Editor-In-Chief "The Chaos Report" www.thechaosreport.com

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