Every time you think Chuck Todd can’t embarrass himself any further each Sunday, he always figures out a way to do just that, so it was hardly surprising when he sat down with Vice President Harris and asked if it was right for Democrats to prop up far-right Republicans in their primaries – as it may put the “good Republicans” at risk. I’ve got news for Chuck. Those don’t really exist.
Every so often, Republicans will do the right thing just because it happens to be the thing that they think is the most politically convenient for them to do at that time. People like Liz Cheney see that Donald Trump is the way of the past and predicted he had too much baggage that would bog down the party for the foreseeable future – and that’s precisely why she had no qualms about impeaching him the second time.
Nowadays, the party is full of extremists like Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz who make sure everyone hears their insane xenophobia and bigotry, and there’s a smaller degree of Republican politicians just as bigoted and insensitive as they are but are just smart enough to be quiet about it. Propping up the more extreme candidates is just politics as usual – and in many ways – it just underscores what the GOP plans to do if they regain power.
Fortunately, Vice President Harris was having none of it and made that clear – saying she refused to tell candidates and campaign strategists how to run their campaigns, while iterating that one of the most pivotal elections of our lifetimes is taking place within the next 60 days. Rather than pretend to be concerned at how Democrats are treating the opposition, let’s take the fight to the opposition.
Republicans have made no secret about how they plan to gut the social safety net and impose an abortion ban if they retake power – and that’s the only story we should be talking about, as Kamala Harris made clear. Democrats are all on the same page in this fight and it’s clear we can win if we put in the work we need to do between now and November 8 by campaigning for Democrats in close races down the ballot.
James Sullivan is the assistant editor of Brain World Magazine and an advocate of science-based policy making