This is Why Dems Are So Petrified of Kari Lake

Arizona GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake is freaking out Democrats. She has been branded an extremist and “election denier” by the left – and even by some on the right. She also leads in the survey average.

Is it extremism that terrifies liberals and the media? Not at all, says Fox News’ Tucker Carlson.

Instead, it’s the fact that Lake was once one of them: a member of the media.

Lake is one of several candidates for midterm high office coming from the private sector—along with author and venture capitalist JD Vance, Ohio GOP Senate nominee; tech industry player Blake Masters, the Republican nominee for the Arizona Senate; and Herschel Walker, former soccer star and Georgia Senate candidate.

Indeed, as Carlson noted on his Thursday show, “One of the big and happy and unexpected surprises of this cycle is how many interesting people are running across the country, people who have something to say that doesn’t necessarily concern them, people who Having interests beyond accumulating more power.”


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“It’s one thing to vote for more Mitch McConnells, tame Republicans who know the rules. The first rule, of course, is you have to lose,” Carlson said. “People like that will play as they have faithfully played for decades, but what would happen if someone like Blake Masters or JD Vance ended up in the US Senate? That would be disruptive.”

None, however, has upset the left as much as Lake. There is a reason for this, Carlson posited.

“Lake may be the most adept communicator in American politics right now — but what’s most chilling is that she’s spent 30 years on television news,” he said.

She was a presenter at KSAZ-TV in Phoenix until she resigned in March 2021. That means she knows their tactics – and where the bodies are buried.

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“So when Kari Lake says the media is corrupt, she’s not guessing. She lived in the thick of it for decades,” Carlson said.

“This is a deeply troubling message for Democrats because it goes to the heart of their power,” he said. “Without the complicity of the media, there is no chance that neoliberal Democrats could be elected to office – none of them ever. They have nothing to offer you.

“It’s not that they’re improving the country. have you looked around

“No, they need the media. The media is all they have. That liberal Media? Not only are they annoying; You are the key to the whole system. Take them away and everything changes.”

Therefore, he argued, “it is important to those responsible that voters continue to believe that the so-called reporting that they see and read is genuine, that it conveys facts and not just crude North Korean-style political propaganda – but Kari Lake knows better.”


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And boy, do they loathe them for it.

Montage time: We have CNN saying the GOP nominee is “the picture, the picture, the definition of a threat to our democracy” and “spreading lies about the 2020 election and conspiracy theories,” MSNBC says, “The democratic threat to.” Arizona is a lot worse than you might think,” and that Lake is “a threat to our society,” and NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell says she’s been “called Trump in heels.”

(The last was Mitchell’s way of saying that her position prevents her from directly referring to her as “Trump in high heels” — but she’s heard some people refer this way to the lake. Not that she thought it was clever or anything. Wink, wink.)

“Oh, she’s an extremist,” Carlson said sardonically. “‘Kari Lake is extreme,’ shout the people who support open borders and late-stage, sex-selective abortions and the castration of children. ‘She’s extreme, unlike us. It harms democracy,” they shout, while promoting censorship and voter fraud.”

“Every single story was a partisan attack because they know it’s telling the truth,” he said. “But here’s the amazing thing, and the encouraging thing is that it tells you about the waning power of the media. Kari Lake still thrived. She is now leading the race in Arizona.”

Fact check: exactly. As of Friday morning, the RealClearPolitics poll average is up 1.6 percent despite months of attacks.

That’s because, Carlson said, Lake “doesn’t care what The New York Times thinks because she knows what The New York Times is because she’s lived in that world.”

And she can deal with it appropriately, as she did when a reporter called her an “election denier” earlier this week.

“When you start throwing around terms like ‘election deniers,’ let’s remember who the other election deniers were: Hillary Clinton and all the Democrats,” Lake said.

“Let’s talk about election deniers. Here are 150 examples of Democrats denying election results,” she said before reading some of them.

“So it’s okay for Democrats to question elections, but not for Republicans?” See said. “It’s a bunch of bullshit, every one of you knows; we have our freedom of speech and we will not cede it to a bunch of fake news propagandists. …

“Since 2000, people have questioned the legitimacy of our elections – and all we are asking is that we don’t have to let that happen in the future.”

Though I have to say I prefer her June masterpiece of a quote when asked by a CNN reporter if she’d have some time to speak: “I’ll do an interview while it airs on CNN+.” does it still exist?”

No, it didn’t; In case you’ve already forgotten about CNN’s ill-fated streaming service, it was shut down less than a month after its debut.

So it’s no wonder that her opponent, the Democrat Katie Hobbs, refuses to go on a debate stage with her. She’s as scared of Lake as everyone else in the media and her party.

But that has nothing to do with the diversionary maneuvers of extremism. Just as you can’t do card tricks to a dedicated magician, you can’t do standard media tricks to someone who has spent three decades watching them from the inside.


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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who divides his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he has written for the Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.

C. Douglas Golden is a writer who divides his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he has written for the Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (particularly British comics and modern Japanese literature), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (both American and international variants).

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