Republicans are betting on old losers to save their party in 2024

After an unimpressive midterm performance, the GOP is taking a step back to assess what happened in 2022 and how they can fix it in time for 2024. But based on the numbers. extremists they took to lead the autopsy, it seems the party missed the message voters sent in November.

politics report On Tuesday, the Republican National Committee authorized a review of the party’s performance in the midterm elections, which found it failed to win back the Senate and only won a narrow majority in the House, regardless despite all the talk of “red wave” or “tsunami”. Target, according to the president of RNC is tied Ronna McDaniel. But the extremists the RNC tapped to spearhead that audit were some of the losers who have put the party in its current predicament. Among the so-called “talented” conservatives tasked with leading the party back to victory: Kellyanne Conwayhis former boss never won the popular vote and has now defeated his own party in three consecutive elections; Master Blakefar-right Peter Thiel-protégé, who lost five points in the Arizona Senate race earlier this month; and Tony Perkinsanti-gay religious extremists supported Donald Trumphis efforts to overturn the 2020 election and who has spent decades practicing exactly the brand of hardline social conservatism that voters have rejected at the cycle polls this.

“Our party needs modernization,” Masters said in a statement. “I look forward to working with Ronna to ensure that this party effectively supports our candidates and wins big in 2024.”

The advisory team includes several winning candidates: Katie Britt, Monica De La Cruzand John James, who are among the few Trump-backed candidates who are truly successful this cycle. But given the panel includes many of Trump’s right-wingers, it’s hard to imagine the group charting a path toward “modernization” or “big victory,” as Masters described in its mission statement.

It’s not even clear how the “working with Ronna” part of the Masters statement will change, as the RNC president could soon face serious challenges to her position. Mike LindellMyPillow CEO and Top Election Denial of 2020, speak he will run to replace McDaniel as head of the committee. It’s probably hard to imagine such a campaign posing a real threat to McDaniel’s leadership, though Trump – who launched his 2024 White House race – has seemed to express support for Lindell’s bid. (Lindell, who is running on an election denial platform, offer arrive Steve Bannon that he might not accept the outcome if he lost his run to become RNC president, establishing a sort of Big Lie Initiation: “I will question any election that uses computer,” he told Bannon.)

But a more formidable challenge may come from Lee Zeldin, the New York congressman, who lost this year’s gubernatorial race, but has outperformed any Republican in the state in two decades. Zeldin has publicly considered running for McDaniel’s seat, and Republican victories in this year’s New York races have brought him some buzz in the party as a potential future leaders. “Even in places where we are a bit ahead like Lee Zeldin’s gubernatorial race in New York, he has performed very well against Republicans in recent elections, and he probably helped save the House by getting four new Republicans elected. cross the finish line in New York,” Republican Senator Cotton Tom speak by Zeldin in an appearance on Meet the press in the first day of this month.

But Zeldin, a staunch Trump ally and 2020 election denier, seems unlikely to represent a real departure from a GOP that has turned MAGA mad. Instead, he, Lindell, and the team look at the 2022 cycle as seemingly capable of maintaining the party’s untenable status quo at best and doubling it at worst. Ten years ago, after Barack Obama re-elected against rival GOP Mit Romneyentrusting party a similar autopsies, found that the party needed to promote a “more welcome form of conservatism” if the party was to survive in the long term. Republicans have clearly ignored that report, trading their supposed dignity and ideals for whatever short-term benefit Trump might bring. But now, as their return on investment in the former president decreasethey are reaching another inflection point—and they seem ready to repeat the same cycle.


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