Friday, March 23, 2018

Don’t Run From Trump

Tom Brenner/The New York Times
I’m here to tell my fellow Republicans, in particular Republican members of Congress and the Republican consulting class: You can run, but you can’t hide.
President Trump may not be on the ballot in November, but the election will be a referendum on him, as 2010 was on President Barack Obama and 2006 was on President George W. Bush. We will lose seats. The only question is this: Will these losses be catastrophic or manageable?
That will be determined by a very specific choice: Will the party retreat from its leader or fix bayonets and storm to the front with him?
No one fought Mr. Trump harder and longer than I did, as the campaign manager for Ted Cruz’s 2016 campaign for the Republican nomination. I know the maddening brilliance of Mr. Trump. I also know history doesn’t favor the president’s party in midterm elections. With the election of a Democrat in the 18th Congressional District of Pennsylvania — a district Mr. Trump carried by 20 percentage points, but which also has tens of thousands more registered Democrats than Republicans — it has become media gospel that the president is toxic and that Republican candidates will have to distance themselves from him. That narrative is wrong.
For starters, I am not persuaded that the national Democrats will allow many more personally anti-abortion, pro-gun, anti-Pelosi Democrats in battleground seats to win nomination. Among Democratic candidates, Conor Lamb, the victor in Pennsylvania, is the exception, not the rule.
Read the rest from Jeff Roe HERE.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Damned if they do, and damned if they don't.

There's just enough rabid Trump cultists to make life miserable for Repubs who distance themselves from Trump, and then there's just enough sane people like me who are turned completely off by anyone who would align themselves with Trump.

Nice job GOP. You got yourself a real great pres there.