New Year, New You

It’s 2018, and to many Americans, that means one thing: midterm elections.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell gives a thumbs up after speaking to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference in Washington

Well, that may not be what the new year means if you’re a normal person, but that doesn’t change the fact that the midterms are coming up, and Republicans should be nervous.

The GOP lost the Senate seat in Alabama, and while the situation there definitely cannot be taken as a predictor of things to come, it’s worrisome to see such a long-held seat be lost. An incumbent Republican State senator in Virginia recently won his election by lot draw after the election results came out in a tie.

From what I’ve seen, Republicans aren’t acting nervous, but they should be. The Left’s irrational anger toward Donald Trump has them highly motivated, and it’s typically the out-of-power party that has the easiest time getting turnout in ‘normal’ midterm elections.

What we’ve seen so far since Donald Trump’s election is the Republican Party continuing to back the same-old left-of-center “swamp” candidates that have made the GOP establishment so unpopular among Republican voters. Take Missouri, for example: the establishment is backing newly-elected State Attorney General Josh Hawley, who has already proven to be prime establishment material. There is a better candidate in Missouri – if you’ve been following this site for any length of time, you likely know that I was a fan of Austin Petersen’s before he declared his candidacy for Senate. And let’s face it – as great a candidate as Petersen is, you don’t have to look far to find a better candidate than someone who was just elected to a different position on a campaign where he promised that he wasn’t just “climbing the ladder.”

The same old establishment candidates will not generate voter enthusiasm, and without voter enthusiasm, Republicans aren’t likely to show up to the polls 11 months from now.

If the Republican Party wants to have kind of showing in the 2018 midterms, they need to do better. President Trump has done well so far, working with a Republican-controlled Congress, but Trump has shown a willingness to make deals with Democrats – we’ve only been safe thus far because the Democrats haven’t reciprocated. Once they’re in power, all bets are off.

We can do better.

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