With the Republican Party set to destroy House Democrats on Tuesday, and hopefully regain control of the Senate, the Democrat Party circular firing squad has already commenced and will likely get much worse, as accusations fly back and forth with a fury once seen exclusively in Democrat internecine warfare.
With a bit of good fortune and a fair amount of reality, the Republicans will avoid the same fate in 2024.
Anyway, as was the case in 2020, the so-called “progressive” wing of the Democrat Party is leading the blame-game charge. Following a disastrous performance in the House, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) — who else? — blamed Democrats who refused to embrace radical policies–like “Defund the Police” and her ridiculous Green New Deal–for the loss of seats, as reported by Business Insider.
That was then, this is now.
After nearly two years of the disastrous Biden presidency and its impact on tens of millions of hardworking Americans, along with the radical agenda of Nancy Pelosi’s House and Chuck Schumer’s Senate majority, Democrats continue to do their “best” to hand the 2024 election to the Republicans on a silver platter, just as they’re about to do in the midterms.
While Republicans have not yet begun to fight with themselves—that is, in earnest—skirmishes have already started. With Donald Trump all but announcing his 2024 presidential campaign, Republicans opposed to a Trump candidacy — who, by intended definition, are not “RINOS” — believe that if Trump wins the nomination, he’ll lose the election.
Speaking of Trump, as we reported, he went full-metal Trump on Saturday night, sophomorically calling Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis “Ron DeSanctimonious” at a Trumpalooza in Philadelphia, as transcribed by Fox News:
We’re winning big in the Republican Party for the nomination like nobody’s ever seen before. There it is… Trump at 71 percent, Ron DeSanctimonious at 10 percent.
Why would Trump do that, just three days before DeSantis faces Democrat Charlie Crist in the Florida governor’s race? Because DeSantis is seen by an increasing number of Republican and independent voters—including many who voted for Trump in 2016 and 2020—as the best alternative in 2024 if the Republicans hope to recapture the White House.
This stuff isn’t complicated. Trump is trying to further fracture an already fractured Republican Party, and that doesn’t portend well at all for a Republican presidential win in 2024. It might be hard for Trump to understand that, but tens of millions of Americans who’ll vote in 2024 and don’t attend his rallies are able to keep the eye on the real target as the next presidential election approaches.
Perhaps James Woods said it best:
The great Ronald Reagan said that Republicans should never disparage each other. This was not a good moment.
Incidentally, Woods isn’t a “RINO,” either.
The great Ronald Reagan said that Republicans should never disparage each other. This was not a good moment. pic.twitter.com/jAnnH5UTjf
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) November 6, 2022
The jab from Trump comes as he and DeSantis are widely considered the top two 2024 Republican contenders, and reports have circulated about possible growing tension between the two camps.
Earlier this year, as noted by Fox, DeSantis dismissed rumors of a rift with Trump, saying the former president is a “friend of mine,” adding that he [Trump] “wants to see Republicans doing well.” Then this:
And I think when the media is trying to act like he’s upset at me for doing well, I think that’s total bunk. I think they’re just making it up.
Governor? Do you still think “they’re just making it up”? And do you think Trump wants you to do well?
I’m talking about the Florida governor’s race, here. The de facto head of the Republican Party (at least in the minds of some people), mocking and ridiculing a Republican governor running for re-election on Tuesday is poor form at best, and self-centered at its worst.
2024 will play out as it will play out. That said, if Donald Trump thinks he’s going to intimidate Ron DeSantis or peel off his supporters, I’m pretty sure he’s in for a helluva fight—and likely a surprise or two.
Politics: Can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em. Just stock up on lots of popcorn, gang.