posted by Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy at 10:58 AM
This doesn't just happen with inter-party politics. Here in DC, we had a primary (Dem primary's in DC almost always decide who gets into office) between a corrupt conservative incumbent, a slightly less conservative former incumbent, and a relatively progressive candidate. A lot of progressives here said that progressives should support the slightly less conservative guy, because he had the best chance of beating the slightly more conservative corrupt guy, some progressives decided to support the, well, progressive guy.In the end, only about 15% of the registered voters voted, and the slightly more conservative guy edged out the slightly less conservative guy (each getting about 6% of the registered voters, with the progressive getting ~1.6%). The lesson most progressives in the area took away from this? That it was a mistake for people to support the progressive and not the establishment type (not that our organizations are broken if we can't even mobilize a fraction of the voters).
Thanks for the local story, Chatham!"They'll do it every time," like the old comic strip said.
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