Republican pundits have been conducting autopsies on the party’s failure to produce a red wave in the 2022 Midterm elections.
Each analysis seems to favor the individual’s preferred side in the battle for the soul of the Grand Old Party.
Now Republican voters are making it very clear who they’re blaming for the 2022 disappointment.
The red trickle of 2022
Republicans had high expectations heading into the 2022 Midterms.
However, as the dust settled and the smoke cleared, a red wave didn’t materialize.
There were some high points for the GOP on election night, like taking back the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.
But they did so only by the skin of their teeth.
Republicans lost gubernatorial seats.
And they failed to take back the U.S. Senate.
In fact, the GOP could even lose a seat in the Upper Chamber if Herschel Walker isn’t able to win the December 6 runoff in Georgia against incumbent Democrat Sen. Raphael Warnock.
Who is to blame?
Since election night, pundits, analysts and supposed “political experts,” have been making declarations for who was at fault for the party’s shortcomings.
Some say individual candidates ran bad campaigns.
Others point to a failure in leadership from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and RNC Chairwomen Rona McDaniel.
And many more are hanging the lackluster showing on former President Donald Trump.
But where does the Republican base fall?
A new survey is out answering that all-important question.
Republican voters are MUCH more likely to blame Republican Leadership than Donald Trump for November’s disappointing results.https://t.co/zXsC9R117J@LeaderMcConnell@GOPLeader@GOPChairwoman@realdonaldtrump
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— Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) November 21, 2022
A Rasmussen poll shows GOP voters believe it is Republicans’ leadership that failed in this latest election cycle – and it’s not even close.
The poll was conducted for The National Pulse.
According to the Rasmussen survey, just 16% of conservatives blame individual candidates for 2022 shortcomings.
Another 20% blame Trump.
But more than twice that, a clear plurality of 43% say the fault lies with McConnell, McCarthy and McDaniel.
“The trio at the head of the party – dubbed the ‘McLeadership’ by this publication (The National Pulse) – have quietly attempted to foist blame onto President Trump for the results since November 8th,” wrote Raheem Kassah of The National Pulse. “So too have Republican mega donors.”
Another 5% of GOP voters weren’t sure who was at fault, while 17% said no one was to blame.
The numbers clearly show who the base holds responsible.
GOP not listening to its base
But the party is not responding in kind.
Both McConnell and McCarthy have been appointed back to their respective positions in leadership – and by huge numbers, with only about a third of the caucus voting against each of them.
Meanwhile, there is at least a 50/50 chance McDaniel will remain as the head of the Republican National Committee, though Rep. Lee Zeldin – who almost pulled off the biggest political upset in modern history in his campaign against New York Gov. Kathy Hochul – has hinted his is considering a challenge to McDaniel.
Deplorable Daily will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.