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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #72)

Sat Aug 12, 2017, 04:53 PM

75. It's not as clear as you seem to think

 

You write:

I assume you agree that attacking Dem 2018 candidates as bought by Wall Street, or puppets of special interests, etc., providing ready made GOP attack ads, is counterproductive.


Scenario: Progressive Dem candidate calls for reinstatement of Glass-Steagall. Establishment Dem candidate disagrees (as some of them, from Hillary on down, have). Progressive Dem candidate says that Establishment Dem candidate is bought by (or, more plausibly, too cozy with) Wall Street. Establishment Dem candidate wins the primary.

Is there much risk that the Republican candidate will run an attack ad on this issue? The odds are that the Republican not only opposes reinstating Glass-Steagall but favors repealing Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank, along with nerfing the SEC and CFTC -- and, for good measure, receives substantial contributions from Wall Street. By contrast, if Establishment Dem criticizes Progressive Dem as an enemy of the free-market system that made America great, and Progressive Dem wins the nomination, the GOP attack ad is much more ready-made.

The fact is that any disagreement among the Democrats could conceivably end up aiding the Republicans, if only by influencing some of the loser's supporters to stay home in November. On the one hand, Democrats (centrists and progressives) should bear that in mind during the primary, and avoid unduly harsh rhetoric. On the other hand, campaigning in the primary can't be confined to pictures of the candidate with his or her spouse, photogenic children, and the family dog. There are disagreements about policy. Airing them during the primary is proper, even if it might help the Republicans. There's unfortunately no bright-line test for what's acceptable.

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