In advancing General Sanchez for U.S. Senate in Texas did the Democrats just empower David Dewhurst, a statewide elected official (Lt. Governor), in the Republican primary?
With General Sanchez the Democrats seem to have produced a top-flight candidate. Top-flight is a relative, as no Democrats has won a statewide office in Texas since 1996.
In advancing Gen. Sanchez, considered a significant general election candidate, the Democrats may have actually aided Gov. Dewhurst's primary candidacy. As Dewhurst is the only candidate who could leave a hotly contested Republican primary – or even an additional run-off – and immediately have the campaign funds to compete with Sanchez. Dewhurst just happens to have a few hundred million dollars in personal wealth.
Since it's in the Democrat's interests to trumpet the strength of Gen. Sanchez, they're likely aiding Gov. Dewhurst's own primary narrative. It is a perfectly reasonable position for Mr. Dewhurst to take that Gen. Sanchez may present one of the most formidable general election candidates Texas Democrats have produced in many years.
As such, Republicans may need their nominee to come out of the primary and into the general election with the ability to instantly spend millions after a primary election and likely run-off election. Speaking to Republican Primary voter's fears that they may lose the general election to a Democrat could aid Mr. Dewhurst's primary candidacy.
Curiously, Gov. Dewhurst's primary campaign may have just gotten a boost from an unlikely source - the Democrats.
To unwind the spool further, Gen. Sanchez must get through a contested primary or the Democrats must keep others from running in their primary, and that's no easy task. Gen. Sanchez is particularly vulnerable in a Democrat primary due to his strength’s as a general election candidate - his military service and his perception as a political moderate.
The General's involvement in the Iraq war and Abu Gharib will severely weaken his candidacy in the primary, if he's challenged.
In a somewhat laughable twist Republican primaries contestants (other than Dewhurst, of which there are at least four) may be secretly hoping for the quick demise of Gen. Sanchez’s Democrat primary campaign as that severely limits the power of a potential Dewhurst narrative concerning the value of his personal wealth and his ability to protect the seat in the general election.
Meanwhile, Dewhurst may secretly be hoping that state and national Democrat leaders are able to keep the Democrat primary free of other contestants to benefit General Sanchez so the message to primary voters concerning the value of his personal wealth in a general election is an even greater weapon in the Republican primary.
Suddenly, the Democrat political establishment is aiding Dewhurst and the liberal Democrat primary activists are aiding the other four Republican primary candidates…..Politics Really Can Make Strange Bedfellows.
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