Though House GOP leaders kicked off this year’s House Republican Issues Conference on Wednesday by vowing that the party is wholly united and ready to use their expected November election victory as an “opportunity” to “change the course of where America is today,” many critics doubt these “RINOs'” sincerity.
Running from Wednesday to Friday in Ponte Vedra Beach, this year’s conference is centered on fine-tuning and then presenting to the American people the GOP’s plan for 2023 so that the public “knows exactly what we’ll do if we are fortunate enough to become the majority,” as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy explained in remarks to Fox News.
As of March 24th, polling averages tracked by RealClearPolitics showed the GOP with a remarkable 3.2 percentage point advantage over Democrats.
Keep in mind that polls tend to be biased toward Democrats. For instance, polling averages prior to the 2020 election showed Democrats ahead by an average of 6.8 percentage points. Yet Republicans wound up flipping 15 seats for a net gain of 12.
“If they are concerned about rising prices, we have a plan to stop that. If they are concerned about gasoline, we can make America energy independent. If they’re concerned about their border not being secured, we can secure it,” McCarthy continued.
“If they are concerned about parents not having a say in their kids’ education, we believe they have a right to that. If they’re concerned about the weakness from the White House, we believe in peace through strength. We believe this is an opportunity to change the course of where America is today and make it stronger for the next century.”
Speaking on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” Thursday morning, another top Republican, House Republican Conference chair Elise Stefanik, echoed McCarthy’s remarks but also vowed that the party is fully unified.
“The American people know that they are looking for a different direction. And what are they seeing from the Democrats? Doubling down on their failed policies” – @RepStefanik pic.twitter.com/A06Uj6S5X8
— House Republicans (@HouseGOP) March 24, 2022
“House Republicans are unified in providing an alternative and an agenda to help save our country,” she claimed.
The problem is that the conference comes only just a couple weeks after House GOP leaders all turned on outspoken Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar for attending an event with a controversial group of young, far-right #AmericaFirst conservatives whom Greene for her part claimed represent “a lost generation of young people who are desperate for love and leadership.”
Everybody from McCarthy to Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger slammed Greene and Gosar at the time, with the House leader, in particular, calling their decision to attend “appalling and wrong.”
Weeks later, it’s not even clear whether Greene and Paul Gosar will be — or are allowed to be — in attendance at this year’s conference.
It doesn’t matter if I’m speaking to Democrat union members or 1,200 young conservatives who feel cast aside and marginalized by society.
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (@RepMTG) February 27, 2022
The Pharisees in the Republican Party may attack me for being willing to break barriers and speak to a lost generation of young people who are desperate for love and leadership. But I won’t abandon these young men and women, because I believe we need to do better by them.
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (@RepMTG) February 27, 2022
Critics see the attacks on Greene and Gosar, and they see the Republicans’ failure to accomplish anything, and they wonder.
They wonder why, for instance, Republicans managed to accomplish nothing substantive save for a tax cut despite running all three branches of government in 2017 and 2018.
And they wonder why, for example, someone like McCarthy is leading the party versus a more outspoken Republican who’s more of a maverick.
One like, say, Greene …
The Dems are a disaster, but your RINOs are just as bad. #AmericaFirst
— Gentleman of Leisure (Trucker Supporter) (@HowDidThisHap11) March 24, 2022
Yes they are. McCarthy and McConnell gotta go they are not fighters. MTG for speaker. Rand Paul for majority leader.
— Rider_of_Dstorm 🇳🇴🇺🇸🇩🇪🇮🇪🏴 (@rider_of_Dstorm) March 9, 2022
The Republican Party gave the rinos plenty of opportunity to to govern as they see fit. The blame for a lot of this lies on Republicans. We have got to deal with our own problems before we can plan on a complete turnover. Or it will be repeated.
— Mary (@ClaraMargrit) March 24, 2022
Gotta get rid of RINO McCarthy! Then ur gonna be fine! Can’t have that RINO in control! Same as McConnell Lindsey Graham! All Must Go!
— Popeye (@Popeye37672473) March 24, 2022
I think we need to replace a lot of you so YOU start working for us again instead of just talking and lining your pockets with OUR money. Too many Rino’s including McCarthy
— Brian (@ZepplinandMac) March 23, 2022
Nice and all, but can we get fighters and representatives that are a lot less cozy with Democrats. And no RINO’S please.
— FJB Crusader (@phinstotheleft) March 24, 2022
Ehhhh too many RINO’s.. The left is evil, don’t get me wrong, but House republicans enable them. House republicans= the Benedict Arnold party
— Clint Ford (@ford_clint) March 24, 2022
Can’t wait to vote ALL OF YOU RINOS OUT!!!! NO MORE KEVIN, NO MORE!!!
— Kathleen (@Kat120770) March 24, 2022
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