Republican Failure

The Republican National Committee says that “Republicans believe in liberty, economic prosperity, preserving American values and traditions, and restoring the American dream for every citizen of this great nation.” But in terms of actual performance over the years, Republicans have sought to protect the privilege and wealth of the upper classes while the Democrats have worked to improve the lives of members of the lower classes.

But now, Republicans have changed. According to NBC News, two-thirds of Republicans don’t believe that Joe Biden won the 2020 election. In our recent 2022 election, over 60 percent of Americans had an election-denier on the ballot. And Republicans still accept Donald Trump as their leader.

To the degree that Republicans continue those trends—especially the leadership of Trump—the party is doomed. The expected “red wave” failed to appear in our most recent election. It has always been true that in the mid-term election, the party in power loses. In every election since World War II, the President’s party has lost an average of 26 seats in the House, and an average of four seats in the Senate.

Not this year. For the first time in my memory, the out-of-power party, the Republicans, failed to win control of Congress. Democrats still control the Senate, granted by a very low margin, and although Republicans appear to have a majority in the House of Representatives (all vote counts are not yet in), it is tiny.

In short, the Grand Old Party isn’t grand anymore. Trump and his supporters have undermined it to the point of threatening its continued existence. My guess is that party members will ultimately dump Trump and seek to restore the party’s standing.

But tough times lie ahead.

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