In the primaries leading up to the August recall elections of six Republicans (and three Democrats) the Republicans had run phony Democrats in each of the races.

All of them lost.

Round 1 to the Democrats.

The article says that the fake Democrats didn’t campaign, the whole point being to force the primary to delay the general election.  But Rachel Maddow reported that Republican PACs blitzed the airwaves over the weekend hoping to pull something out.  Only one of the elections was even remotely close.

Addendum:  In other election news, despite media hype of a close contest and some extremely negative campaigning from PACs, Janice Hahn won handily in CA-36.  But at least the Republicans showed some class afterward.