Wow, talk about a desperate move by those whose ideas have been rejected by the populace. The Arizona Democratic Party is sending out mail advocating for the Libertarian Candidate in CD 8 because he is the "Real Conservative."
That's an official concession in the battle of ideas. When the Democrats have a candidate as attractive as Gabby Giffords and instead of arguing that her world view is better than Jesse Kelly's world view--they argue that Steve Stolts is actually more Conservative than Kelly, the Dems have shown that ideas don't matter, and they simply want to win elections. Click the picture to enlarge and see the disclosure on the left.
While the Coons piece is actually illegal, I think that both pieces are huge strategic mistakes. It's unlikely that Republicans are going to fall for a piece sent by the Democratic Party telling them to cut the deficit by voting Libertarian. What the pieces do accomplish however is humiliate the Arizona Democratic Party. Instead of fighting for its own ideas and its own candidates, they have resorted to obvious trickery and conceded that their world view is out of step with the voter. The have proven that the only thing that really matters is winning elections.
It was bad enough when Eddie Basha quoted the Goldwater Institute and told voters to vote No on 302 and send a message to the legislature that the need to cut the budget. That piece was a cynical lie, but it was just Eddie, the unions and the Tribes. We expect them to do whatever it takes to win.
But this piece is from the Arizona Democratic Party itself. There's no plausible deniability. Having given up on defending its world view, the Arizona Democratic Party is urging you to vote Libertarian. Think about this final point: The State Democratic Party is using money contributed by Party loyalists to urge voters to "Repeal Obama's Health Care Bill."
The battle of ideas is over... We win.