In fact, the best framework for assessing Trump's complicating factor as Republicans seek to retake the House and Senate is to look through the lens of the shadow he cast over the drain offers from the two GOP Georgia senators in January. Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue couldn't escape Trump's moodiness and endless nagging long enough to generate a cohesive message that was separate from Dear Loser.
Trump is already serving as the same slide for GOP efforts in the medium term. He competes with them for fundraisers and urges his cultists to send their donations to his own Save America PAC instead of "RINOS" or Republicans just on their behalf. Trump currently has $ 85 million in cash for the RNC's $ 84 million. He is keen to make his perceived critics pay for their infidelity and demanding primaries that could hamper the GOP in the general election. And he just can't get around the fact that he was the biggest loser in 2020, long enough to be able to reimagine the future for anyone, because, Goddess, forbids what if he didn't dominate that vision.
Politico Playbook reports that the GOP's top donors went to Palm Beach this weekend, "excited to be cursed," and Trump most of all is expecting to learn how their size would help Republicans retake Congress and, ultimately, the White House.
""Trump's speech did none of that, "writes Politico. One participant offered this shock over Trump's keynote on the last night of the retreat:" It was horrible, it was long and negative. "Gee, I never saw this coming. "It was boring. He didn't talk about the positive things his administration did. "We assume we are killing and counting more than half a million Americans.
Trump praised the GOP's most sociopathic governors, such as Florida's Ron DeSantis and South Dakota's Kristi Noem. He flattered one of the GOP's most prolific disinformation distributors, Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. Of course, he also knelt down his own sycophantic vice-president, Mike Pence; Georgia governor Brian Kemp was beaten for failing to extradite the state; and impaled Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell as a "stupid son of a bitch" and a "cold loser". McConnell may be hideous, but he managed to win his re-election – a fact that must make Trump seething with jealousy.
Anyway, very uplifting stuff. So uplifting that Florida Senator Rick Scott, head of the GOP Senate, presented Trump with a redesigned award over the weekend while protesting McConnell – the NRSC's Champion for Freedom Award. Oh, and speaking of freedom, who could forget to praise and worship those who attended Trump's January 6 rally that preceded the deadly siege of the Capitol? According to the New York Times, Trump became nostalgic about the crowd and "admired how big it was". LOL. That crowd was estimated at tens of thousands at most – about 15,000 gathered south of the White House, and another 10,000 gathered outside of the official rally. The 800 or so who ultimately stormed the Capitol wreaked havoc, but as the rallies continued in Washington, the crowd that gathered at Trump's insistence was about as overwhelming as attending his inauguration in 2016.
But the bottom line was that Trump's diatribe was just a perfect start to the 2022 cycle. Perhaps unsurprisingly, many GOP mega-donors are pretty fed up with it. Party officials are clearly desperate to take advantage of Trump's cult among working-class Americans, but many of the party's well-heeled donor classes are desperate to keep going.
"It's very important that the Republican Party take Donald Trump as far back in time as possible," William Oberndorf, a California investor who has historically wasted millions of GOP candidates, told the Times. Oberndorf promised that in the future he would only give Republican lawmakers who voted to indict Trump, which will certainly speed up the pace of his donations. But he also placed responsibility for Trump's death on President Joe Biden, saying Biden would "have more responsibility than any group of Republican donors" to revive Trump's future if he did not gain bipartisan support for his legislative initiatives.
Others tried to please the party's efforts to record the plays after Trump's loss. "If you lose the White House it will take a bit of healing, and I think the first quarter has hopefully put us on a better path," said Henry Barbour, an influential Mississippi RNC member. Barbour admitted that Trump is still a "great force" in the GOP. "But the party is bigger than any candidate, including Donald Trump," he added.
Tell the former Sens. Loeffler and Perdue who alienated the Georgia suburbs while trying to track down Trump's passionate supporters in rural areas of the state. There just wasn't a good way for her to ride Trump's coattails without getting caught up in his crap in the backend.
Now the Republican Party is doing the entire experiment again in 2022, hoping that somehow it will get better as it gets older. More strength for them.