2008 And Now for the Real Bad News for Baghdad Jim…
posted by March 26 at 16:09 PMon
The top-two primary.
Think about it: No Democrat could step up in our closed primary and break ranks with the party by challenging long-term incumbent Rep. Jim McDermott. And even if they tried, they wouldn’t be likely to beat him in a Democrat-only primary … where the turn out is mostly dedicated party voters. And so, Jim goes forward to face a sacrificial Republican.
But voila, take someone like moderate State Rep. Eric Pettigrew (D-37, South Seattle). With his built-in base, he easily makes it through the primary, and now you’ve got two Democrats in the general, with a much bigger general election audience—and I’d say McDermott’s in trouble.