Wednesday, June 19, 2024

McConnell Hopeful to Get Republicans Out of the Woods Post-Trump

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With another day comes another excerpt from Bob Woodward and Robert Acosta's book, Peril, that takes us inside the proverbial smoke-filled rooms of Washington, D.C.

The latest revelation from Woodward and Acosta is that Sen. (R-Ky.) not only doesn't fear 's wrath; he doesn't believe embracing Trump is a viable path out of the political wilderness.

Despite Trump's hypnotic hold on the GOP base, the 's loss of the House, presidency and largely falls on the former president's shoulders. Swing voters could overlook his uncouth behavior when running in 2016 against a lousy candidate who ran a terrible campaign—but they couldn't do so repeatedly.

Millions of Trump supporters love what they might call his bold style. That makes sense from a psychological perspective. History is full of people who've gravitated towards leaders that talk a big game, tell us that only they can solve our problems and provide a healthy dose of nostalgia to those who feel left behind.

The problem, as McConnell realizes, is that after a half-decade in the political arena, Trump's bullying (as a majority of Americans would categorize his behavior) has worn thin. Even his most loyal fans will likely admit there are occasions when he's gone too far. They'd inevitably argue that the sins of Democrats are worse. When it comes to policy, McConnell nor I disagree. The problem is Trump's rhetoric is far more offensive on a visceral level than any other contemporary politician to persuadable voters. So much so that even though Trump performed unusually well, for a Republican, with African Americans and Hispanics that he failed to win once-formidable GOP strongholds like 's northern suburbs, metro Phoenix and , . His underperformance in the first two localities is why he lost and Arizona to Joe

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