It's time to replace the worst Democrats in blue districts—and primary elections are our only chance

It's often said that politics is not like marriage: it's more like public transportation. You don't have to fall in love, but you do need to choose the person who gets you closest to where you're going. My congresswoman isn't progressive, but neither is my district, so I'm glad she votes the party line on important issues. That's more than I can say for the Republican she replaced. I've been in politics long enough to know that when it comes to candidates, “perfect” is the enemy of “good.” Sometimes, you aren't going to get the candidate you want, but you have to rally for the least-worst choice. Thus, in my district, my congresswoman and her party-line votes are acceptable as the least-worst.

What's NOT acceptable is having right-wing politicians masquerading as Democrats in blue districts. There are plenty of them. The primary is the election for these false Democrats, and time is running out to stop them by supporting their challengers. This is just a sampling of the worst fake Democrats appearing on ballots this primary season, who are guilty of everything from being “pro-slavery” (you read that right) to corruption entanglements to simply doing Donald Trump’s bidding.

Here are some of the biggest offenders, in order from worst of the worst to the least-worst of the worst.