Never say that Republicans do not learn from their mistakes; they do, but they learn all the wrong bits:
LANSING, Mich. — Republicans here, reeling from a midterm election rout that many blamed on the influence of former president Donald Trump, responded Saturday by spurning the former president’s choice for state party chair — and choosing someone even more extreme.
Kristina Karamo, who refused to concede her 14-point loss for secretary of state in 2022, beat former attorney general candidate Matt DePerno, who had Trump’s endorsement, in three rounds of contentious voting. The chaotic 11-hour convention, featuring a rowdy standoff over voting procedures and 10 candidates who all ran under a pro-Trump banner, left no doubt that the bulk of the party’s activists in this key battleground state remain firmly committed to election denial and showed no interest in moderating their message to appeal to the political center.
The lesson? The dude that Trump endorsed wasn’t Trump-y enough.
It’s like complaining that Jeffrey Dahmer isn’t as good a chef as Hannibal Lechter, but that’s the Republican way. It used to be said by Republicans that conservativism cannot fail, it can only be failed, but none of them thinks it applies to their candidate. So they always search deeper into the basket of deplorables..
And this is why the sometimes Democratic strategy of creating accurate, factual advertisements stating that Person X is too conservative for State Y works. If you tell the bug-eff’ing nut jobs that this unelectable crazy person is too conservative, it’s like a moth to a flame. The Republican base will nominate the crazy, and lose in the general. Sometimes by 14 points. Heh.
And that concludeth the lesson for this Sunday.
I’m guessing that this is good news for those who strive for a saner government. It just might be the case that the good citizens of Michigan have grown tired of the GQP insanity, or at least that is my hope…
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