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  •  They did get something. They bought a narrative. (1+ / 0-)
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    Rikon Snow

    As others have said or implied, the investment that the SuperPacs made, while not decisive at the Federal level, did produce some return.  

    Without the SuperPacs,  the Presidential race wouldn't have been as tight.   The claims of a "statistical tie," if even made, would have been even more ludicrious.   And we wouldn't be having any "is this a mandate" discussions.

    To say nothing of the impact down-ballot.  Hard to say what the exact numbers would have been, but I've heard that SuperPac money was critical in defining Berkley as an ethically-challenged candidate.   And given how close Arizona still is (with so many ballots uncounted), any advantage to the R side could be seen as decisive.

    And the House, which I won't get into, but also the state legislatures, would almost certainly have been more blue.    

    So, imagine an election without SuperPac money and then imagine how much greater our victory would have been without it.   Yes, they lost.  But they staved off the total marginalization that they could (and even should) have experienced.  And that lets them live to fight another day.   So, while they did not achieve a "first best outcome,"  the SuperPac donors may have kept the Republicans "at the table."

    Upgrade the Supreme Court and reverse Citizen's United !

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