Biden gave Republicans an opening, but people like Madison Cawthorn went even crazier
Can’t they both lose?
We have two political parties in America that seem very determined to be in the minority. Among other flaws, neither seems interested in courting what is arguably the most influential swing vote in America right now: Conservatives Never Trump.
Let’s start with the Republicans. Donald Trump was the first president since Herbert Hoover to lose the White House, the US Senate and the House. You would think they might want to learn from Trump’s losses and woo Tory voters who could not in good conscience vote for the Republican nominated in 2020 back in the fold.
If you doubt that Never Trump’s attrition was significant or decisive, consider what U.S. Senator Trumpy Ron Johnson was surprised to admit in an undercover video.
In a surreptitiously taped conversation, Johnson noted that in Wisconsin, other Republicans outclassed Trump by tens of thousands of votes. “The only reason Trump lost Wisconsin is that 51,000 Republican voters did not vote for him,” Johnson said. “They voted for other Republican candidates. Trump lost the state by nearly 21,000 votes, prompting Charlie Sykes, Wisconsinite conservative and prominent Never Trump, to conclude: “It’s almost as if the voters of Never Trump weren’t unimportant. , after all.
You would think this evidence would spur Republicans to find a way to win back the tens of thousands of conservative swing-state voters who specifically chose not vote for Trump in 2020. But you would be wrong, of course.
Johnson can’t say these things publicly because the Republican Party is more interested in courting the votes of people who think taking horse deworming medication is safer than getting the vaccine. It’s also why Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis – apparently the non-Trump frontrunner for the 2024 GOP nomination – continues to fight local school boards that want to impose masks on schools.
The loss of Trump and the subsequent incitement to insurgency did little to alienate Republicans. Rather, it has inspired political followers like Madison Cawthorn, who now calls the January 6 rioters “political hostages,” and Marjorie Taylor Greene, who threatens to “shut down” telecommunications companies that comply with House Select’s demand. Committee. to preserve the phone records from that infamous day. And if you think quoting Greene is an example of a “punch”, recognize that Senate Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy went so far as to warn these companies that “a Republican majority will not forget.”
For these reasons and more, decent, sane, center-right Americans cannot support the GOP.
Of course, the Democratic Party is not a viable option for most of us either. Democrats and Republicans share something in common, however: They’re not interested in wooing us either.
The Democratic Party is not an option if you are against abortion (a question that Biden has flip-flopped on and now, in regards to Texas’ six-week abortion ban, calls it a “constitutional right”). More and more, the same is true if you are a national security conservative.
Just think of its disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan.
In a recent CNN spot, Bill Kristol described the changing outlook of some of his friends: “I am happy to have voted for [Biden]I’m glad it’s not Trump, but I don’t know. I don’t think I will be able to vote for him anymore. And also, maybe at the congressional level, we need to check out some of these things. “
Of course, Biden has plenty of issues to fear, including his handling of the COVID-19 Delta variant, the rise in violent crime, looming inflation, and a border crisis. But those problems, coupled with his horrific handling of Afghanistan, have caused his job approval rating to drop to just 46%. This is not a great place if you want to win the midterms of 2022 (or the presidential election of 2024).
Either way, what is clear is that Biden would rather appease his base than keep the Never Trump conservatives on board. Yet just as one might point out the refusal of conservative voters to support Trump as having cost him the presidency, one could argue that Trump’s conservatives never elected Biden president.
As recently as July, a New York Times analysis of a new report from the Pew Research Center concluded that “Mr. Biden prevailed by making significant inroads among moderate or conservative constituencies,” including married men and veteran households. As I noted at the time, the data suggests that Biden won the election by making forays into traditionally center-right ridings by expanding his base of support, instead of winning by eliminating traditionally Democratic ridings.
The truth is, all politicians need to balance grassroots participation with persuasion. But both the Republican Party and the Democratic Party seem obsessed with the former and completely indifferent to the latter.
Meanwhile, we have a vital group of available voters who are just waiting for a sane centrist party that won’t lie to them – a capable party that isn’t mean and doesn’t take them for granted. It’s like both sides are singing these Green Day lyrics, “I want to be the minority,” but since someone has to win, one side will.
Meanwhile, like Rodney Dangerfield, the Never Trump conservatives continue to “receive no respect.”
There is a lot of talk about political homelessness these days. But for sane center-right conservatives, this is not just a slogan. This is a reality, as both sides are desperately vying to alienate us. Will the political party that wants to win the presidency be enough we by not being mean or stupid, please stand up?
I did not mean it.