Stop me if you’ve heard this story before. Republican establishment figures don’t get their way in a primary and promptly run to the liberal media to express how winnable races will now be lost, costing the GOP an electoral victory.
You’ve almost certainly heard it before because it’s exactly what happened in 2016 as the consultant class rushed to proclaim that Donald Trump simply couldn’t beat Hillary Clinton. He wasn’t going to just lose. Their prediction was that he would be crushed. They were correct. He did win and went on to appoint three Supreme Court justices. These judges recently made a variety of long-sought Supreme Court decisions. Roe V. Wade.
However, there were no lessons learned. The same establishment of Republican leadership, consultants, and pollsters are already looking to throw in the towel on November’s mid-terms. They also told the story to Axios – a liberal magazine – to further make it absurd.
Axios: “Top Republicans, once confident about winning control of the Senate in the midterms, fear they’ll blow it after nominating several deeply flawed candidates in winnable states, according to conversations with R strategists, pollsters and lawmakers” https://t.co/ZMqaNI3s91
— Josh Kraushaar (@JoshKraushaar) July 15, 2022
Top Republicans, once confident about winning control of the Senate in the midterms, fear they’ll blow it after nominating several deeply flawed candidates in winnable states, according to conversations with GOP strategists, pollsters and other officials…
…”The environment is excellent for us. We just can’t fumble the ball on the five-yard line,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), a top McConnell lieutenant, told Axios…
What’s happening:The story is similar in several key Senate races. Polling, fundraising, and news coverage all tell the same story. Instead of surfing the wave of national dissatisfaction, the Republicans have chosen to stay on the sidelines.
It’s all just so tiring. I understand the notion that GOP primary voters didn’t select the best candidates, and some of Donald Trump’s endorsements were selfish and moronic. But the facts are what they are. You don’t have to go to the liberal media and express your frustrations. It’s the time to buck up, take the reins of the horse you’ve got, and do what it takes to win.
Herschel Wade is just down 3 points and Brian Kemp is up 7. That means there’s an easy path to get Walker over the finish line. Mehmet Oz is a simple candidate to win, despite being opposed by many during the primary. There is no reason to be talking defeat or “fumbling” anything in July before a mid-term. Is it your intention to conduct a postmortem? You can wait for deaths to occur, but do your best to avoid them.
The establishment class, as always, seems to be more interested in being able say that they are right than actually winning the election and providing value for the voters. Primary voters choose who they vote for, whether it is true or false. That isn’t going to change. Candidates are candidates. My rule has always been that once the primaries are over, you roll with what you’ve got.
It would be foolish to give up on Arizona, Pennsylvania, Georgia. This would mean throwing in the towel, even though the team leads by several touchdowns in quarter four. It doesn’t matter what polls say. Each cycle since 2014 has seen a severe underestimation of Republicans in Senate races. Play to win, not to be “right.” The GOP establishment would be smart to do that, including the donor class that is needed to fund these campaigns.