Well, last night, Trump-backed GOP House candidate John Gibbs defeated incumbent Peter Meijer in their district primary. Congratulations to all the people who voted for Gibbs, of course. But some congratulations are also due to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, who poured more than $400,000 of donors’ money into boosting Gibbs, who apparently isn’t too big a threat to democracy to use to get rid of a more mainstream conservative Republican.

Gibbs’ 2020 election result denialism is just one of many issues that could cause a lot of problems for Republicans down the line. Meijer’s pro-impeachment vote may have been baggage, depending on where you stand on impeachment, but his record has been pretty solidly in line with mainstream Republicanism and conservatism.

As Guy Benson is careful to point out, the blame for Meijer’s defeat can’t be exclusively placed at the DCCC’s feet. Plenty of voters were happy to cast their votes for Gibbs regardless of how the DCCC tried to influence them. But there’s no doubt whatsoever that the DCCC is trying to defeat more mainstream candidates in the hopes of being able to villify the more far-Right candidates when the time comes.

Anyway, if you’ll recall, Resistance GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger recently harshly criticized the DCCC for their meddling in GOP primary races, and despite our many disagreements with Kinzinger, he was right on the money with this stuff:

This morning, in the wake of Gibbs’ victory over Meijer, he’s once again blasting the Democrats for playing with fire:

Once again, Kinzinger is right.

Here’s the thing, though: it’s hard to sympathize too much with Kinzinger here, because the people he’s calling out now are the same people he’s worked so hard to ingratiate himself with. He knew from the start what Democrats were capable of. He saw how hard they — and their media minions — worked to make Donald Trump the GOP presidential candidate in 2015 and 2016. And still, he hitched his wagon to them because they fawned over him and expanded his platform.

You lie down with dogs, don’t be surprised when you wake up with fleas.



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