The Associated Press / The Democratic Party in South Carolina has taken an odd strategy in its effort to defeat Sen. Lindsey Graham, the state senior senator.

If you can't win on your own ...

Democrats in South Carolina and Kentucky are employing an odd strategy in an attempt to win upset victories in their U.S. Senate campaigns.

Operatives in both states are pushing third-party candidates, a Constitution Party candidate in South Carolina and a libertarian candidate in Kentucky, to siphon off votes from Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell, respectively.

A Democratic political action committee (PAC) recently spent $133,000 on mailers to promote Constitution Party candidate Bill Bledsoe in South Carolina, calling him "the only true conservative on the ballot." However, Bledsoe dropped out of the race weeks ago and endorsed Graham. But the Constitution Party candidate will remain a choice for voters since ballots had already been printed.

The Democratic candidate in the race, Jamie Harrison, even touted Bledsoe in an MSNBC appearance after he dropped out of the race, and Harrison's campaign launched a series of ads promoting Bledsoe's conservative agenda.

"This is an unprecedented effort for a Democrat to campaign for the constitutional conservative when the constitutional conservative is supporting the Republican," Graham said. "It tells a lot about the state of the race."

In Kentucky, a liberal super PAC spent more than $77,000 pushing libertarian Brad Barron. Mailers by the Fire Mitch Save America group call Barron a "better choice for U.S. Senate" who "believes in freedom, liberty, and individual rights."

That group's hope is to siphon enough votes to squeeze Democratic challenger Amy McGrath across the finish line.


Outed as wealthy

The Biden presidential campaign quietly took down an ad last week that portrayed a struggling Michigan bar owner who blamed inactivity at the bar on President Donald Trump. The campaign shut down the ad after a Washington Free Beacon report outed the bar owner as a well-known "angel investor" in the state who had inherited money from his wife's late grandfather that he had said was "almost like winning the lottery."

Joe Malcoun purchased the bar as a "project of passion" in 2017 and attempted to host live shows over the summer but admitted in June it was "not really worth trying."

In the ad, he said, "For 50 years, the Blind Pig has been open and crowded, but right now, it's an empty room. This is the reality of Trump's COVID response. My only hope for my family, and for this business, and my community is that Joe Biden wins this election."

Malcoun should have been looking to Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who forced on the state some of the more draconian shutdown laws in the country. But, unlike many others in similar Democrat-led states who are suffering, he's got that inheritance to get him through.


The fix was in

Kristen Welker of NBC News, the moderator of the final debate between President Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden last week, did not come into the debate unbiased.

She had been caught on camera tipping off a member of Hillary Clinton's campaign about "at least one question" that she was going to ask in an interview during the 2016 campaign, and she recently deactivated her Twitter account, likely because it contained a number of anti-Trump tweets.

Her parents also have donated many thousands of dollars to Democratic candidates, including $20,000 to the campaigns of Barack Obama, $3,300 for Biden's campaign this year, $2,100 to Clinton's campaign and $7,300 to the Democratic National Committee between 2004 and 2020.

Quipped actor James Woods on Twitter on Oct. 18 with an attached photo of Welker: "The Democrat operative in the red dress will be the debate moderator next week. Of course she won't be biased ."


Coming to a school near you?

If you don't like the data you're getting, just change the rules so you might get data you want. That's the route the San Diego Unified School District took recently.

The district found that Hispanic students accounted for about 23% of all the grades of D or F students received in the first semester of the 2019-2020 school year, that Native Americans accounted for 23%, Blacks accounted for 20% and white students around 7%.

To the district, this constituted racial discrimination, so non-academic factors like turning in class work late and behavior in the classroom will no longer have any bearing on a student's grade.

"If we're actually going to be an anti-racist school district," said district Vice President Richard Barrera, "we have to confront practices like this that have gone on for years and years. I think this reflects a reality that students have described to us, and it's a change that's a long time coming."

It apparently never occurred to the school district official that turning in work on time and learning not to disrupt class are learning tools for the real world. And if school isn't helping prepare students for the real world, what is it doing?