There are several key reasons why Republicans underperformed and won a pyrrhic victory in the House in the midterms:
- Election season in states like Pennsylvania
- Anti-Trump suburban Republicans split their tickets all over the country which explains the uneven result with candidates like Brian Kemp winning and Herschel Walker losing in Georgia
- Trump voters who have always been unreliable voters in midterms particularly in the Rust Belt
- Running on nothing but pure backlash politics.
Donald Trump deserves a large share of the blames for elevating awful candidates like Herschel Walker and Dr. Oz, but so does Mitch McConnell who refused to articulate a positive legislative agenda because he thought it was a clever winning strategy. Independent voters were turned off by the GOP running on pure backlash politics and failing to offer solutions to any of our major problems.
Laying it all at the doorstep of Dump being a drag on the party is VERY UNFAIR.
“EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — As Republican Tyler Kistner’s closing ad aired last month in one of the most competitive congressional districts in the U.S., Vickie Klang felt that something was missing.
The 58-year-old veterinary technician and self-described independent voter watched as the 30-second spot showed grainy black-and-white images of President Joe Biden with two-term Democratic Rep. Angie Craig superimposed alongside him. The narrator ominously described life in America as “dangerous and unaffordable” because of an alliance between the two Democrats.
Absent from the ad, Klang thought, was anything close to a solution beyond electing Kistner.
“You’re never telling me what you’re going to do for the state or the country,” Klang recalled. “That’s a huge turnoff.”
Klang ultimately backed Craig, contributing to a 5 percentage point win for a Democratic incumbent whom Republicans spent more than $12 million to unseat. From Maine to California, Republicans faced similar unexpected setbacks with the small but crucial slice of voters who don’t identify with either major party, according to AP VoteCast, a sweeping national survey of the electorate. …”
This lack of any proposed solutions keeps coming up again and again in post-election surveys. Independent voters were angry about inflation and immigration, but correctly assumed that Senate Republicans had neither a plan or the will to deal with these problems.
This is how Mitch McConnell has always preferred to run the Senate though. He confirms judges and strikes awful deals with Democrats which he thinks are clever like on Juneteenth, criminal justice reform, gun control, “marriage equality” and the Porkulus spending bill. Nothing else happens regardless of which party is in power like when Trump’s MAGA agenda went nowhere in Mitch McConnell’s Senate. The tax cut bill sailed through the Senate through budget reconciliation though.