When the going gets tough, the tough get going, as the old saying goes. But also, when the going gets tough, the not-so-tough start fighting dirty.
In the case of the Democratic Party in 2022’s midterms, this means using their own funds to prop up right wing candidates capable of cannibalizing their own party’s most popular options.
Political groups aligned with the Democratic Party are spending heavily to boost third-party longshot candidates in must-win races across the country as polls show Republicans gaining ground in the homestretch of the 2022 midterm elections.
Democratic groups have popped up in recent weeks to bolster third-party candidates in high-profile contests in which vulnerable Democrats are struggling.
Tied to Democratic operatives and firms, the groups are spending money to convince voters that the third-party longshots are the true “conservative” choice, efforts that can split the conservative vote and help ensure a Democratic victory.
Not everyone was keen on the idea.
Republicans were quick to note the irony of the organization trumpeting democracy while utilizing tactics that some say are “undemocratic.”
“The new Democrat playbook is to meddle in our elections by boosting the libertarian candidate,” said a spokesman for the Michigan Republican Party. “Confusing the public and attempting to suppress voters.”
The move comes as pollsters begin to once again admit that the Democrats are in trouble, and despite concerted reports the suggest the “red wave” is beginning to materialize.