Claire McKaskill, the two-time Democrat Senator from Missouri is in big trouble. With less than two weeks to go, her Republican opponent, Josh Hawley, is even with her or ahead in most polls, and Republicans, in general, seem to be surging.
It’s time to panic.
What to do, what to do?
Well, here’s a hypothetical exchange at McCaskill headquarters that might explain her campaign’s end-game strategy:
“Hey, I’ve got it. Since one of the main reasons – maybe the single main reason – for the Republican surge is that Democrats are now seen as way out there to the left, let’s run against them”.
“Huh, what do you mean”
“I mean let’s run against Democrats”
“Are you nuts? Claire IS a Democrat. She’d be running against her own party”
“I know. But do you have a better idea?”
Why would I think that exchange might have taken place? Because that is exactly what McCaskill is doing.
Her latest radio ad, aimed primarily at rural Missouri (you know, the place she said she’d be ok with giving up votes from just last week), has two discussing the campaign with this dialogue:
Man 1: “I don’t always agree with Claire McCaskill but she works hard, fighting against those tariffs, doing all those town halls. Claire’s not afraid to stand up against her own party.”
Man 2: “Yep and Claire’s not one of those crazy Democrats. She works right in the middle and finds compromise.”
Now there’s an ad you don’t come across every day.
Really, how often does a campaign spit on its own party?
Will it work? Ask me on November 7th.