It’s been true all year, and it’s even more true now: if you want to help the Democrats win the midterms, push the worst Republicans like Lauren Boebert, Marjorie Greene, Paul Gosar, and Matt Gaetz out front, and force House Republicans in swing districts to answer for their scandals. Its Politics 101.
Each time Palmer Report helps push these clowns’ scandals to the front, there’s always some degree of pushback from readers; sentiments like “Stop giving the worst House Republicans attention, they don’t deserve it” and “We don’t want to have to hear about them, they’re annoying.” But that misses the point entirely.
This isn’t about who deserves what, or who’s annoyed with what. This is about winning. And if you don’t believe this strategy works, you probably missed it when the Republicans successfully used this strategy to gain House seats in 2020. They spent the entire election cycle pushing AOC and The Squad to the forefront, then made up phony scandals about them, and used those scandals against House Democrats in swing districts. This was of course unethical. But we can use that same strategy against House Republicans in 2022, and we don’t even have to make up any phony scandals, because the likes of Boebert and Gaetz and Greene are dripping with real scandals.
We should spend every day forcing House Republicans in close races to take a firm public position on their insurrectionist colleagues like Greene and Boebert, and their alleged child sex trafficker colleague Matt Gaetz. If they give a thumbs up on these loons, it’ll cost them with moderate voters. If they give a thumbs down on these loons, it’ll cost them with pro-Trump extremist voters.
In light of this weekend’s Rolling Stone reporting that several House Republicans were plotting in advance with the January 6th attackers, it’s more important than ever that we keep pushing these specific House Republicans and their worsening scandals to the forefront. Again, this isn’t about anything other than winning. Given what we’re up against, we can’t afford to focus on anything but winning.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report