US Representative Drew Ferguson, who joined McCarthy, said Major League Baseball “owes the state of Georgia an apology,” and added that Delta employees in his district fear their jobs because of ” the hostile work environment that was created there ”. Like the MLB, Delta has also spoken out against Senate Bill 202.
U.S. Representative Barry Loudermilk said businesses across his district are struggling, and not just because of the All-Star game’s announcement.
“People feel like they are at war not only with their own government, but big business is also trying to kill them,” he said.
At one point, McCarthy added, “This waking state movement has to stop.”
Hostile work environments? Big business trying to kill us? Wokeness?
Where have Gingrich’s Republicans gone, who made the deal with America under the leadership of the former president, whose district office was once just down the road from which McCarthy and his company spoke.
Contrary to the anger that Republicans were selling this week, the preamble to the Contract with America was a downright sunny document.
He promised “to make us all proud again of the way in which free peoples govern themselves”, and promised “to restore the bonds of trust between the people and their elected officials”.
At a press conference on Capitol Hill in 1994, unveiling their ideas, Gingrich called it: “A real effort to create a positive plan for change.
The reality of Gingrich’s revolution was hardly one of butterflies and rainbows, but the tone of voters heading for the midterm elections was largely borrowed from Ronald Reagan, whose bright prospects have conquered the Americans during a dark period.
When he announced his candidacy for one in New York, Reagan said he knew that “the nation thirsts for spiritual renewal” and “honor placed above political expediency.”
The day after the election, when Republicans added 52 seats in the House, defeated two Democratic senators and four governors, Haley Barbour, then chair of the Republican National Committee, said: “The Republicans could have just run against Clinton, but we offered people something to vote for. “
Barbour later added: “It’s the open door party.”
If it was the open door party, the GOP seems to be slamming doors right now, even on people who want to be a part of it.
In the latest Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll, Gov. Brian Kemp sits at a 44% approval rating, not because of a continued lack of support from Democrats, but a fall among his own voters republicans.
A longtime Republican and conservative in every way, months of relentless attacks by former President Trump left Kemp hurt and caught up with Trump loyalists enraged at his failure to defend the former president after the 2020 election.
The same is happening at the county level, where a dozen local parties have come out to censor the governor and secretary of state, while others have been embroiled in leadership challenges, not by supporting factions. to Trump, but by only Trump factions.
As Republicans in 1994 saw people like Sen. Richard Shelby from Alabama join the party, look for increasingly familiar faces in the Georgia GOP to take a break from Republicans or politics.
“I just don’t think there’s a place for me anymore,” one longtime party leader told me this week.
But even those who want to be part of the party leadership forwardknow they arein trouble if they failed to back Trump’s attempt to undo Biden’s victory.
McCarthy has made it known he is ready to replace Representative Liz Cheney in the GOP leadership after his vote to impeach Trump infuriated the former president and the grassroots voters who support him.
I asked McCarthy this week if there was still room in the party for people who support Republican policies but don’t support Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election won by Biden – like Kemp and Cheney .
Without offering any support to either of his fellow Republicans, McCarthy smiled and said, “It’s a big tent. Everyone is welcome.”
Of all the people who spoke at the Marietta Diner, only one, owner Gus Tselios, spoke about how to solve problems, not ignite them.
“In life, you know that we can’t all agree on everything. Life would be boring if we all agreed, ”he said. “The best way to understand or reconcile the differences is to sit down and find a better solution. That is my opinion.
That’s my opinion too, Gus. Commitment to rage every time.