TPM Reader BW gets evil …
A truly devious left-leaning independent financier might be well inclined to fund crazed and/or faux “Tea Party” candidates in tight Congressional races in 2010. Help them get on the ballot and siphon off even a modest 1-2% GOP support. Ala the GOPs attempt to fund and aid Green party candidates in 2006 and 2008 in close districts. The D swell made the attempt entirely foolish, however.
I consider myself a civic patriot and would personally hate the idea and would never support it. But I don’t have a guilty conscience about the contemplation - someone far more amoral has probably already considered putting the plan in action. Such is modern American politics: think of the bottom and someone has already beaten you there.
Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.