I actually agree with Mitch McConnell on this.
There is nothing that the GOP could run on that is more popular and more unifying than “f*** that guy” and own the libs. Fleshing out an agenda for the midterms would only sow division.
“Mitch McConnell has told colleagues and donors Senate Republicans won’t release a legislative agenda before next year’s midterms, according to people who’ve attended private meetings with the minority leader.
Why it matters: Every midterm cycle, there are Republican donors and operatives who argue the party should release a positive, pro-active governing outline around which candidates can rally. McConnell adamantly rejects this idea, preferring to skewer Democrats for their perceived failures. …
A donor asked a question that could only be answered by McConnell. According to a source in the room, the donor said something to the effect of: We all know what’s wrong with the Democrats, but what are we going to be running on to help us win?
McConnell’s response was something to the effect of, With all respect, that’s not what we’re doing, the source said.
McConnell has long held the view that putting out an agenda ahead of midterm elections is a mistake — at least for Senate Republicans, the sources told Axios. …”
The GOP is a vessel of backlash politics. It makes sense to keep it vague, stay out of your own way and run on “Let’s Go Brandon” in the 2022 midterms. Elections are mainly referendums on incumbents. This is how Joe Biden beat Trump as “Not Trump” by campaigning from his basement in 2020.
Note: The policy agenda will be sold to the donors anyway.