There is a lot of anger lingering in the American political stratosphere. Most expect the standard party warfare where Democrats despise Republicans and vice versa. However, few have been willing to discuss the obvious – a protracted distaste Republicans have for the folks in the GOP. If anything, their seething has not only persisted since November – it has intensified.
Anger Is One Letter Short
The adage that anger is but one letter short of danger certainly holds true for a Republican Party desperately trying to regroup since November. It has been duly noted that conservative news outlets all the way down the media food chain have experienced a noticeable drop in viewership. Every conservative website imaginable is bleeding readers because the base is fed up with the endless chatter from a bunch of politicos they see as spaghetti-spine do-nothings.
Save Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Josh Hawley (R-MO), who backed Trump to the bitter end, an increasingly silent and disgusted majority of Republicans have no use for the party or the usual suspects who might want to make it to the major leagues for 2024. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, who just shot herself in the foot with a head-scratching political move, is a case in point.
Only Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis appears to have captured the interest of this crucial voting bloc. Perhaps that is why places like CBS News are going after him hammer and tong on programs like 60 Minutes. Any way you cut it, the Trump base – which came out in the millions on election day – is still not “over it,” and its anger is facing inward rather than at the Democrats.
It is becoming increasingly clear that doing the same old thing is not a ticket to success for the Republicans. Running someone like Mitt Romney up the GOP flagpole is only going to infuriate them. This should be obvious since the party apparatchiks are having a tough time raising money unless the Trump name is attached to their pleas for cash. At some point, the party of Lincoln must recognize that its base is tuning out in droves.
Psychologists have long maintained that the most productive way to approach a problem is to acknowledge it. This is something the GOP has been unwilling to do thus far. They need to recognize the elephant in the room, i.e., their people are still infuriated over the unimaginable chain of election day events and are blaming the party for not mounting a unified fight on behalf of President Trump.
As Liberty Nation National Correspondent Joe Schaeffer indicated in a recent video, the Republicans can not continue their old style of politics if they want to make hay with the new America First populist voter that Mr. Trump brought out of the woodwork. “They [the Republican Party] want to go back to selecting the nominee, and I just don’t think the Republican base is going to put up with it,” Schaeffer said.
So, a couple of things are in order for those at the helm of the Republican Party: First, they must acknowledge that when things got tough following the election, they let down their people by not mounting a unified effort on behalf of their candidate. Second, doing things the old way by appointing a favorite son will not cut it in 2024. Finally, they need to encourage populist, outside-the-Swamp candidates to run and promise to back them to the bitter end if that is what their constituency desires.
An “I’m sorry. We’ll do better next time” wouldn’t hurt either.
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