This year’s election cycle proved difficult for the Republican Party, having just lost another key Nevada Senate seat after Democratic Senator Catherine Cortez Masto won re-election, resulting in Senator Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican, on Saturday said that the old GOP is dead and that it’s “time to bury it”.
Hawley also accepted Twitter last week to call out GOP candidates for not appealing to independent voters.
“If your ‘agenda’ is to concede before Big Pharma on insulin, concede before Schumer on gun control and the Green New Deal (“infrastructure”), and tease changes on Social Security and Medicare, you lose,” the senator said said last Thursday. “What are Republicans actually going to do for working people? How about to start: tougher tariffs on China, save US jobs, open America’s energy supply at full throttle, put 100,000 new cops on the streets.
Republicans the next day tweeted: “You can’t expect independent voters to vote for Republicans unless you give them an agenda they care about.”
Former President Donald Trump is also facing a lot of heat from people within his own party after several of his candidates were defeated by Democrats in their tight midterm races. Georgia Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan told CNN last week that Trump is “in the rearview mirror” of the Republican Party.
Meanwhile, Virginia Lieutenant Governor Winsome Earle-Sears said The Washington Post on Friday that it looks like voters want to diverge from Trump.
“What we saw was that even though he wasn’t on the ballot, he was because he stepped in and supported candidates,” Earle-Sears said. “And yet it turns out those he didn’t endorse on the same ticket fared better than those he did endorse. That gives you a hint that voters want to move on. And a true leader knows when they have become a liability to the mission.”
That’s what political scientist Craig Agranoff said news week on Sunday that “Republicans are starting to observe that if they really want to win their elections, they might have to go more into the middle.” Agranoff added that the “marginalized moderate majority” is the most powerful.
Agranoff also pointed out that outspoken GOP candidates may regret their words if Trump wins the 2024 presidential election. “This could backfire on Republicans if he wins as the former president is known to hold a grudge,” he said.
Trump is reportedly planning to announce a 2024 presidential bid in Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday, after making a “big announcement” on the eve of the midterm elections.
“Two years ago we were a great nation and we will be a great nation again. Not to distract from tomorrow’s very important, even critical, election… I’m going to make a very big announcement on Tuesday, November 15 at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach,” he said on Truth Social.
https://www.newsweek.com/josh-hawley-declares-death-gop-after-midterm-time-bury-it-1759157 Josh Hawley explains GOP’s death after halftime: ‘Time to bury it’