(TargetLiberty.org) – The Republican Party released a 100-page report, or post-mortem, in March 2013 detailing its failure to unseat Barack Obama during the 2012 presidential campaign.
The Atlantic wrote at the time that the GOP was “a tale of two parties.” Unless the party made significant changes, the chances of another Republican winning the White House in the foreseeable future were grim.
Democrats in a few states formed committees to examine their losses in the House and lack of success in picking up enough seats in the Senate for a clear majority. Republicans have ditched the idea of new post-mortem analysis, but that doesn’t mean the party is united.
Fractures Appear in the Republican Party
A rift has appeared within the GOP since Donald Trump left office, and battle lines appear to have been drawn in some instances. Ongoing tensions mount between party members interested in continuing Trump’s vision of making America great again and those wanting to move forward without him at the party’s helm.
A perfect example of mounting tensions within the party appeared during a press conference held on Wednesday, February 23. When asked by reporters about Trump’s attendance at the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) event, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) responded “yes,” that Trump “should” attend the annual event. On the flip side, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) said her “views” about Trump were clear and that he shouldn’t play a role in the “future of the party.”
Fractures can also be seen between some old-school Republicans like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Trump. The two have traded barbs in recent weeks. There’s also a collection of rising stars in the party who would like to take the party’s helm as its 2024 presidential nominee.
On the plus side, Sen. John Thune (R-SD), the number two Senate Republican, predicts competing elements within the party will unite. They did so in 2010, when the GOP picked up 63 seats in the House, giving them an overwhelming majority of 242 to 193 in the chamber.
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