GOP Infighting

Oct 5, 2017

The Vice President’s chief of staff told a gathering of Republican donors that “the party’s congressional majorities should be jettisoned in 2018 if that’s what it takes to weed out members disloyal to President Trump.” “Because look, if we’re going to be in the minority again, we might as well have a minority who are with us as opposed to a minority who helped us become a minority,” said Nick Ayers. Anonymous Republican congressional aides said Ayers’ remarks were aimed at covering for the vice-president’s inability to “whip enough votes to pass an Obamacare repeal bill in the Senate.” Republicans have been unable to cobble together the votes necessary to enact promised reforms on healthcare and taxes. Voter’s frustration with Republicans may lead to attempts to primary incumbents who are up for re-election in 2018. Some Republican strategists think that if Republicans lose their governing majority, that it will provide a “convenient foil and ease the path to re-election two years later.” Several Republican incumbents have already announced their intention to not seek re-election in 2018.