I must admit at this point that I do not comprehend the actions of our Republican leaders after the mid-term election. Maybe I am missing something, but here is my take:
First, the GOP establishment has put back in place the leadership that took what should have been a clear and decisive win and turned it into mush. The blame was easily and conveniently shifted to Donald Trump because “he picked the candidates”. (If they were the wrong candidates, why did the GOP establishment just sit there waiting for disaster.)
Second, Instead of playing offense against a whole series of massive Democrat failures, we elected to play a passive defense expecting that mess spoke for itself. We offered very few specific ideas as to what exactly we would do on a national level.
Third, we are excusing a myriad of bad GOP leadership decisions when it came to political strategy and financing. It is rather obvious that we let petty internal GOPe versus GOPbase politics undo what could have been more straightforward victories.
Fourth, what was the first item of business for our new House majority? – let’s get Biden and his son. Exactly what does that have to do with the day-to-day concerns of Americans? It is kind of important that a family can feed its kids and get to work at a minimum. (And now we have Garland, in a tit-for-tat, going after Trump.)
Fifth, we let a number of elections slip away after the voting deadline. Why is this not a signal to our leadership that something is amiss in our election system? (In Brazil, the people are fighting election fraud and doing it in the streets by the millions.) If our leadership was worth a damn, we would be screaming about election fraud and taking legal action – and even encouraging protests.
Sixth, the GOP base is embarrassed and feels betrayed. Why should the base bother to vote for Hershel Walker? As much as I like him as a candidate, his election simply leaves us even in the Senate. ( Not exactly a reason to vote when he could run again in a couple of years.)
Seventh, other than Ron DeSantis, who do we have to advance the great American vision of the Trump administration? I hear names like Youngkin, Haley, and Pence – but only DeSantis has shown the fighting spirit the GOP base wants.
There are lots of folks who have condemned Trump and want to get rid of him. I understand. However, this situation isn’t just one man’s mess. It is a failure of leadership. The GOP needs new blood at the top.