The Washington Post goes there in trying to show the Post -Trump Presidency Republican Party ….
Fading in the headlines and on social media…
Some GOPer’s (Like Youngkin in. Virginia) seem to flirt with their support for Donald Trump, but then go on their own , running on policy, NOT devotion to a flawed man , who just lost his job and can’t get over it…
There IS a push but others to embrace Trump’s supporters, even it’s gonna hurt them politically at home….(Most are in safe districts anyways)
The pushback against those who voted FOR the Biden Infrastructure bill is a prime example…
Trump was against it…
13 Republicans House members voted for the Biden bill…
While THAT vote will most likely WOULD help themselves in next years Midterms ?
Some party members are knocking them for NOT following a guy who LOST his own election…..
That one particular position, though, is one that increasingly serves as a litmus test for the rest of the GOP: fealty to former president Donald Trump. Cheney’s vote to impeach Trump and her insistence that he be held to account for his role in the violence on Jan. 6 led to her ouster from the party’s House leadership. A few weeks after that, she was censured by the Wyoming Republican Party. This week, the party went further, voting to assert that Cheney is no longer recognized as a Republican.
What’s interesting about this is that there doesn’t seem to be any indication that this third layer of sanctions was a function of Trump’s own activism. He did attack Cheney (yet again) last week in a statement on his website, but it’s not clear he did much beyond that. This particular party-loyalty police action seems mostly to have been a function of the party going above and beyond to enforce loyalty to the former president.
To some extent, that’s probably a function of Trump’s reduced voice in the national discussion. After the violence on Jan. 6, Trump lost access to his major social media platforms. Two weeks later, he lost the presidency. Between those two muting factors, Trump has been far less of a presence in the national consciousness. Americans are searching for information about Trump at about the rate they did in mid-2015; he’s mentioned on television cable-news networks even less often….
It’s fair to wonder how sustainable this effort might be. A legislator can be a Republican in good standing one day and, because they supported a bill negotiated by Republicans that would increase funding in their districts, they suddenly emerge as an enemy of the right and an ally of socialism. Efforts to enforce loyalty often collapse when they overspill their obvious boundaries. It’s easy to see how another few responses like the one to the infrastructure vote might pose that risk….
The House Republicans Leader McCarthy IS in a bad place….
Thinking about the Midterms?
He is asking his party people to stop back biting members of his party in the House that voted FOR the Biden Bill, which will help them get elected and carry out what EVERYBODY says will be a Republican move take back a House majority….
As with things centrist to Donald Trump…
Loyalty TO Trump could cost GOPer’s any chance of a majority House or even Senate in 2023….
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., sought to navigate the delicate GOP divisions over the new infrastructure law, making the case Tuesday that Republicans should focus on criticizing Democrats instead of one another.
At a closed-door House Republican caucus meeting, McCarthy called on lawmakers to stay unified and not to attack their Republican colleagues, two sources familiar with the meeting said. McCarthy suggested that they should focus their fire on Democrats’ Build Back Better bill, one of the sources said.
Some far-right members who are closely aligned with former President Donald Trump have begun attacking fellow Republicans who voted for the $550 billion infrastructure package. Publicly, McCarthy, who has been one of Trump’s loudest defenders, has struggled to hold together a caucus that has publicly feuded over the former president.
Trump has threatened to work to unseat the Republicans who supported the bipartisan infrastructure law, which was a key piece of President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda….