Republicans Are In Total Disarray After The 2022 Midterms

by | Nov 11, 2022 | Politics

Their disappointing performance in this week’s midterm elections has landed the Republican Party in a big mess. Rank-and-file lawmakers are publicly blaming their leadership for failing to deliver a “Red Wave.” The elite right-wing media has turned on former President Donald Trump. And Trump has been having a total meltdown.AdvertisementSeveral Senate Republicans said Friday they should postpone an internal decision about who should lead the conference, a swipe at current Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).“First we need to make sure that those who want to lead us are genuinely committed to fighting for the priorities & values of the working Americans (of every background) who gave us big wins in states like Florida,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said on Twitter.Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), chair of Senate Republicans’ campaign committee, had been poised to challenge McConnell until this week’s midterm flop, Politico reported Thursday. On the House side, a faction of far-right lawmakers led by House Freedom Caucus chair Scott Perry (R-Pa.) is threatening to withhold support from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who also had hoped to become speaker in a Republican majority that has yet to materialize. Advertisement“As a leader in the party, you have a duty to provide a vision that informs voters of what you’re going to do if you win,” Perry told reporters Thursday. “I don’t think that vision was adequately provided by multiple folks on top of our party.”Before the election, McCarthy and his leadership team pitched a “Commitment to America” that they said would cure inflation, make the country safe and empower parents still mad about pandemic school closures. McConnell, for his part, was asked by reporters in January what Republicans would do if they grabbed the Senate from Democrats. “I’ll let you know when we take it back,” he said. With the worst inflation in decades, Republicans went into the election with a strong advantage among voters concerned about the economy, but that edge was overwhelmed by Democrats’ advantage on abortion. Meanwhile, candidates backed by Trump — against the wishes of party leaders — floundered in several high-profile races, including Senate contests in Arizona, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania. AdvertisementTrump-aligned Republicans say it wasn’t Trump’s fault they lost.“The corporate media is working overtime to hide the Republican establishment’s failures in the 2022 midterm elections — perpetuating a myth that Donald J. Trump dragged his endorsed candidates down,” J.R. Majewski, a Trump-endorsed Republican who failed to unseat Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), whined in a Thursday blog post. “This is a complete lie, told in order to embolden GOP leaders in Washington D.C., and ignores the fact that in so many instances, this same ’McLeadership’ set MAGA candidates up for failure.”Kaptur noted in an ad that Majewski was at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. It also turned out that Majewski exaggerated his college credentials and military service. But Majewski had made his lawn into a 19,000-square-foot Trump banner, so Trump endorsed Majewski. Majewski lost bad. At the state level, Michigan Republicans blamed Trump’s support for culture-war candidates for the party’s stunning losses in races for the executive branch and legislature.“In what many of them saw as sending a message to Donald Trump and his supporters,” the Michigan GOP’s chief of staff wrote in a post-election memo, “longtime donors to the Party remained on the sidelines despite constant warnings of the possibility of the outcome we saw come t …

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