“The Republican Social gathering must cease speaking to itself,” read the document. “Now we have develop into professional in tips on how to present ideological reinforcement to like-minded folks, however devastatingly we now have misplaced the power to be persuasive with, or welcoming to, those that don’t agree with us on each concern. As an alternative of driving round in circles on an ideological cul-de-sac, we’d like a Social gathering whose model of conservatism invitations and conjures up new folks to go to us.”
Truthfully, the doc was shockingly cogent and insightful, and the Republican celebration that ever endeavored to supply it now not exists.
Eight years later, not solely are Republicans skipping the soul-searching train, they’re completely snug with the entrenched minority standing Donald Trump helped solidify for the celebration. Given the built-in benefits of Senate illustration, they clearly determine they stand a great likelihood of continuous to regulate the higher chamber irrespective of how rancid their politics. And who is aware of? They’re going to win the White Home each now once more with somebody who’s equally as racist, sexist, xenophobic, and anti-democratic as Trump, however simply barely extra palatable.
Within the U.S. Senate, Republicans are already leveraging their majority to continue spreading Trump’s election fraud lies, recycling them from the epic string of his marketing campaign’s failed courtroom circumstances to be able to give them new life.
And in additional than two dozen interviews with native/state GOP officers and members of the RNC, Politico found that “removed from reassessing its embrace of Trumpism,” the celebration is “hell-bent on extra of the identical.”
So far as Jennifer Carnahan, chair of the Minnesota Republican Social gathering, is worried, Trump “completely grew” the celebration given the elevated GOP turnout and down-ballot wins. “He completely superior our celebration,” Carnahan stated, “I believe that as Republicans, we simply have to proceed to stay on the course.”
Ah, sure, keep the course—extra conspiracy, extra vile focusing on of girls and folks of coloration, extra fascism and anti-democratic sedition, extra shredding of the Structure, extra assaults on First Modification and voting rights, extra vitriol, bellicosity, and violence… simply extra.
“So far as I’m involved, every thing’s nice,” stated Stanley Grot, a district-level Republican Social gathering chair in Michigan, the place Trump misplaced floor to Democrats over the course of 4 years.
One factor Republicans are intent on altering is all that quick access to mail-in voting. That is the true downside with the 2020 final result for Trump. In fact, they’re additionally again to hanging out in that epistemic bubble once more, consuming the Kool-Assist and luxuriating within the fever swamps.
“It wasn’t a matter of our candidate,” stated Invoice Pozzi, chair of the Republican Social gathering in Victoria County, Texas, advised Politico. “It was a matter of the method.”
Hey, let’s face it—generally a great look within the mirror is simply too painful.