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Will Truman

Will Truman is the Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. He is also on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Saul Degraw says:

    This goes well-beyond the GOP supporting Greens. Nixon did it with his rat-fucking because he didn’t want to face Ed Muskie or Ted Kennedy in 1972.

    The truth is that this is something that can probably happen in any jungle primary unless you are dealing with a mono-party place like San Francisco. What is to prevent voters (on all sides) from voting for someone they oppose in order to make sure a nutbar is representing the other side in the general?

    I suppose the big risk is that this can all backfire and your “This guy is so crazy, he can’t win” guy actually wins.Report

  2. Avatar Damon says:

    This is all part of the dirty nature of politics. Like you said…sausage making, although I find that more appealing.Report

    • Avatar North says:

      Agreed, I’m with Damon here. This isn’t scandalous, it’s the business of politics. You try and strengthen your supporters and side and undermine the oppositions supporters and sides. One way to weaken your opponents side is the politician ad absurdum them by supporting an unelectable primary candidate.

      That said publishing a book gloating about it seems foolish.Report

    • Avatar DensityDuck says:

      Saying “this is part of the dirty nature of politics” is like saying that doping is part of the dirty nature of competitive bicycle racing.Report

  3. Avatar Kim says:

    Hell, this ain’t half as bad as I’ve heard of.
    This is public, and nobody went to jail for it, neither.
    Nor was anyone sprung out of jail just to do a fucking prank, either.Report

  4. Avatar DensityDuck says:

    Sounds like “A Bathroom Of Her Own”.Report

  5. Avatar Kolohe says:

    The thing that most people neglect when talking about the rodent carnality of this – McCaskill’s gambit almost didn’t work. It was only after Aiken flapped his gums one too many times and put his mouth in them that he permanently ceded the lead to McCaskill.

    McCaskill’s almost certainly going to get a cabinet-level appointment in Hillary’s first term so McCaskill won’t have to run again, esp since the next election is a midterm.Report

    • Avatar Saul Degraw says:

      Concurred but part of her gambit was that Akin was exactly the type who couldn’t help himself from putting his foot in his mouth. She proved to be right. The problem is that I can’t think of any time a gambit like this backfired. Probably because no politician is going to admit it when the tactic fails because said politician will end up a laughing stock.Report

    • Avatar DensityDuck says:

      So rotten behavior is excused when it doesn’t pay off?Report

      • Avatar Kolohe says:

        No, I’m saying bragging about some kind of Xantos Gambit is a bit hubristic when it succeeded mostly by dumb luck, and thus is unlikely to be copied by competent people playing the game for keeps.Report

    • Avatar North says:

      Well that latter bit explains the book.

      Still, all else being equal she had better odds against Aiken then any other opponent so it makes sense why she stirred the pot for him.Report