U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) says it’s time to perform the last rites on the Grand Old Party.
Reacting to the Republicans’ depressing underperformance in the 2022 midterm elections, Hawley on Saturday succinctly tweeted “The old party is dead. Time to bury it. Build something new.”
A few days earlier, when it became clear that no red wave was occurring outside of Florida and a few other jurisdictions, Hawley called out the myopic GOP establishment for failing to put forth an America First populist agenda.
“Washington Republicanism lost big Tuesday night. When your ‘agenda’ is cave to Big Pharma on insulin, cave to Schumer on gun control & Green New Deal (‘infrastructure’), and tease changes to Social Security and Medicare, you lose. What are Republicans actually going to do for working people? How about, to start: tougher tariffs on China, reshore American jobs, open up American energy full throttle, 100k new cops on the street. Unrig the system.”
The old party is dead. Time to bury it. Build something new
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) November 13, 2022
The former Missouri attorney general is up for reelection in 2024. Incumbent GOP AG Eric Schmitt will be joining Hawley in the Senate after winning his election on Tuesday.
Policy issues, however. as critically important as they are, seem to pale in comparison to the Democrats’ structural advantage, i.e., mass ballot harvesting by Dem operatives in the early voting period which incentivizes some of their mediocre candidates to get away with avoiding campaigning in any meaningful way, including debating their opponents.
Another advantage is the media’s tendency to quickly call close races for the Democrats while being stingy about doing the same for Republican candidates.
Assuming the GOP officially loses the Arizona and Nevada contests, and Herschel Walker wins the Georgia runoff, the U.S. Senate will be status quo. That is, 50 seats for each of the two parties, with Vice President Kamala Harris constitutionally empowered to break a tie, effectively giving Dems continued control of the upper chamber.
If everyone shows up for work, Democrats can continue to push far-left, radical legislation.
What are Republicans actually going to do for working people? How about, to start: tougher tariffs on China, reshore American jobs, open up American energy full throttle, 100k new cops on the street. Unrig the system
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) November 10, 2022
Sen. Hawley has joined several of his colleagues, including Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), in insisting on a postponement of the vote for Senate GOP leader (currently Mitch McConnell) until after the runoff, and explained his reasoning in two tweets.
Plus, Hawley has vowed that he will not support McConnell’s continuation in that role.
“I don’t know why Senate GOP would hold a leadership vote for the next Congress before this election is finished. We have a runoff in #GASenate – are they saying that doesn’t matter? Don’t disenfranchise Herschel Walker. I don’t get the Senate GOP line on Herschel Walker Please, please win — but we won’t let you vote for leadership. Are you going to treat him like a full member of the Senate or not?”
In an interview with RealClearPolitics, Hawley leveled criticism against McConnell (whose fan club former President Trump is also not a member of,) and the party leadership for a failed strategy and a non-existent vision that discouraged what he characterized as the Obama-Trump voter from participating in the election.
“Republicans just said, ‘Well, the other side sucks, and Biden sucks.’ Well, no doubt! But it’s pretty hard to convince folks, particularly independent-minded ones who don’t tend to trust the process much, to vote for you, if you don’t have something affirmative to say and offer. I lay that at the feet of the Washington establishment that set the tone for these races. They failed to offer that kind of vision.”
Similar to what he expressed on social media, Hawley asserted that the GOP pitch, such as it was, to the electorate “does not address any of the felt concerns of voters, particularly voters who are struggling economically, who are struggling with rising prices, who have paid into those systems, by the way, with their wages, their entire working lives.”
The senator deemed the bipartisan gun control bill a major miscue and added that “I did not agree with spending billions and billions of dollars of taxpayer money on climate initiatives that was billed as infrastructure. I thought that was a mistake. We surrendered when we should’ve fought.”
Hawley also slammed McConnell, who previously lamented so-called candidate quality, for some of the latter’s petty decisions about where to focus campaign spending. “I did not agree with the decision to leave Blake Masters for dead in Arizona.” he declared.
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