Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Trump 'ready to move on,' Rebuild GOP to Retake Congress in 2022, Republicans say; GOP in Decent Shape to Win House Majority in 2022, and related stories

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Trump 'ready to move on,' rebuild GOP to retake Congress in 2022, Republicans say:
Donald Trump may have been politically wounded in his second Senate impeachment trial acquittal, but the former president’s fiercely loyal followers are still looking to him to rebuild the Republican Party.
The 57-43 vote for acquittal Saturday demonstrated that Mr. Trump still enjoys a strong grip on the Republican Party’s base and, by extension, Republican lawmakers. In the aftermath of the verdict, however, Republicans are split on whether he can lead them back to power in 2022 and beyond.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, came out of an after-acquittal phone call with Mr. Trump convinced that the former president would lead the party to retake the House and Senate in the 2022 midterm elections.
“He’s ready to move on and rebuild the Republican Party and is excited about 2022,” Mr. Graham said on “Fox News Sunday,” dubbing the Republican comeback strategy “Trump plus.”
“We need to unite the party. ‘Trump plus’ is the way back in 2022,” he said. “We can’t do that without Donald Trump.”
Some took the same view of the 2024 presidential election.
“Turn on the escalator!” former Trump official Richard Grenell tweeted after the verdict. It was a reference to Mr. Trump’s iconic campaign debut in 2015 when he and his wife, Melania, descended a gold escalator at Trump Tower in New York City to announce his candidacy. --->READ MORE HERE
Provided by Washington Examiner
Republicans in decent shape to win House majority in 2022:
It is never preferable to be in the minority party in a legislative body. But as far as minorities go, House Republicans are in a pretty good spot.
Between the trend of midterm elections usually favoring the party that is not in the White House, a closely divided House, and a party apparatus ready to continue their expectations-exceeding 2020 strategy while Democrats rework theirs, Republicans are on track to winning back the House in 2022.
"It has the makings of what could be a good year for the Republicans when it comes to the House," said J. Miles Coleman, associate editor of Sabato's Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics.
President Biden’s approval rating is around 53%, and while he is not underwater, history indicates he would need to bump that rating up by at least 10 points in order to have a shot at gaining seats. Gallup analysis found that even presidents with approval ratings of 50% during the midterm elections averaged a loss of about 14 House seats from their own party. --->READ MORE HERE
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