Donald Trump will be passe’ as President less than 75 days ….
But for those in the party?……
They ain’t waiting…
Likely Republican candidates are about to descend on Georgia to campaign in a pair of Senate runoffs that will determine control of the chamber. They’re taking to Fox News to defend Trump’s refusal to concede. The Republican National Committee is bracing for a possible fight over its chairmanship. And Donald Trump Jr. is aggressively staking out a role as a future GOP powerbroker.
Party officials, meanwhile, are grappling with how to keep intact the massive political infrastructure that Trump helped assemble with him on his way out of the White House.
While Trump has been defeated, he has not been vanquished. After receiving the second-highest popular vote total in history, and enjoying a core of supporters numbering tens of millions strong, he is positioned to wield outsized power over where the GOP goes from here. Anyone who wants to run in 2024 will have a hard time winning the nomination against his opposition.
“Trump is leaving office but he has changed the political DNA of the party for the foreseeable future,” said GOP strategist Ken Spain, a former top National Republican Congressional Committee official. “Presidential candidates and congressional leaders will continue to ally themselves with the ascendant blue-collar wing of the GOP.”
Yet Trump’s loss also means the party will need to find a way to distinguish itself from a president who turned off a majority of voters.
The Georgia races give 2024 GOP aspirants an immediate platform to showcase what they can do for the party. Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton is expected to make multiple trips to the state, where Georgia Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler are facing Jan. 5 runoffs. If both lose, Democrats would assume control of the Senate….