Why Wouldn't Peace Advocates Compete in Republican Congressional Primaries?

Let’s assume that winning congressional votes is something that peace advocates care a lot about, enough that they would do things now that would help us win congressional votes on peace issues in the future.

Why wouldn’t peace advocates compete in Republican congressional primaries?

In particular, why wouldn’t peace advocates compete in Republican primaries in places where there is no plausible story that they would be bothering outcomes for any other progressive interest by doing so? Many districts only elect Republicans, no matter what. So, if all Republicans are bad on issue X, then it’s baked into the cake that the people who live in such a district are going to have a representative who is bad on issue X, no matter what peace advocates do. So, if peace advocates manage to find a Republican in that district who is good on some peace issue, there’s no plausible story that they are harming outcomes for people who care about issue X by supporting a Republican in that district who is better than other Republicans on some peace issue.

If you look at votes on peace issues in Congress that we lost narrowly, they tend to look like this: We had almost all Democrats and a small chunk of Republicans. So there’s two stories you could tell about why we lost compared to winning. One story is given that we only had a small chunk of Republicans, almost all Democrats wasn’t good enough. We needed to run the table on Democrats.

But the other story you could tell is given that we were going to have some Democratic defections, that small chunk of Republicans was too small. We needed that small chunk of Republicans to be a little bit bigger.

Suppose that it were possible to grow that small chunk of Republicans sufficiently to win such peace votes by only playing in districts where there is no plausible story of electing a Democrat who is good on issue X.

Why wouldn’t peace advocates try to do that?

The Washington Post reports that even if every Republican representing a district that voted…

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