Republican leaders are sleepwalking their way to another pathetic election cycle, as evidenced by their attitude toward Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. As McDaniel’s seat heats up after the 2023 elections (adding to a long record of election losses), some Republican leaders think replacing her would cause too much chaos too close to an election or would be too difficult to accomplish.
Both points are ludicrous. The Republican Party is already in chaos. The presidential front-runner is 77 years old, faces several criminal indictments, and is fresh off sabotaging multiple GOP election cycles in service of his own ego. The House GOP caucus is a mess that has spent most of its time in the majority fighting itself rather than the Democratic Party and its policies. What are 19 House speaker votes in the same year and a revolving door of five different speaker nominees if not chaotic?
The other argument, even from those opposed to McDaniel, is that it would be too difficult to get two-thirds of the 168 committee members to get on board with ousting her. That is undoubtedly true, and it wouldn’t be the first time Republicans were unable to do the right thing because too many members were squishes who didn’t care about winning if it was too hard to do. It’s an explanation, not an excuse, for why Republicans won’t try to better their chances of winning.
Biden may be old and unpopular, but that alone doesn’t guarantee GOP victories. We know this because Biden was old and unpopular during the midterm elections in 2022, when Republicans struggled to recapture the House and surrendered full control of the Senate majority to Democrats. Republicans relying on coasting to wins just based on Biden’s numbers are going to be disappointed, and it will be their fault if they do so with the same loser retreads at the helm who have overseen the last five years of election letdowns.
The lazy, go-along-to-get-along attitude of Republicans toward McDaniel and her establishment of losers has hurt the party time and again. It will do so in 2024, especially if former President Donald Trump (a McDaniel backer) gets nominated by the GOP once again. The GOP has no direction right now other than down, and that is a direct result of GOP leaders trying to avoid “chaos” and difficult decisions at a time when they are unavoidable.