The GOP’s MAGA fiction is complete


New Hampshire’s most moderate Republican candidate for US Senate, state Senate President Chuck Morse, conceded defeat Wednesday for the 2020 race. to deny the election retired US Army Brig. General Don Bolduc.

In fact, it was one of New Hampshire’s House and Senate races for Trump-aligned candidates.

The Senate race was another case of a candidate favored by the Washington Republican establishment, led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, under a candidate who promoted conspiracy theories and was endorsed by former President Donald Trump. It wasn’t enough that a McConnell-aligned super PAC poured more than $4 million into the race to pump up Morse.

Democrats’ cynical strategy of supporting Trumpier GOP candidates in several states and races is a risky gamble that could help them retain control of the Senate or put more electoral denialists in office, depending on what happens in November. It also diminishes their message of trying to protect democracy.
As CNN’s political team reported on coverage of the New Hampshire primary, “Bolduc joins a slate of candidates with national Republicans worried he won’t be able to appeal to voters in November.” Read more about takeaway.

Bolduc is the type of candidate who has talked about abolishing the FBI and repealing the 17th Amendment, which requires direct election by states. the senators

While Trump technically did not endorse Bolduc and has run unsuccessful primary campaigns in the past, he joins Georgia’s Herschel Walker, Arizona’s Blake Masters, Pennsylvania’s Dr. Mehmet Oz and Ohio’s JD Vance in the camp of Trump-endorsed primary candidates. risk losing seats Republican leaders must win to gain control of the Senate.

The Trumper of two Trump aides has won

There was further evidence of MAGA-fiction in a New Hampshire 1st Congressional District primary as two former Trump administration aides were pitted against each other.

The one who expressed confidence in the election lost.

From the CNN report:

where (Matt) Mowers was “confident in the New Hampshire election.” (Caroline) Leavitt said he believed “the 2020 election was definitely stolen from President Trump.” Where Mowers suggested hearings to determine whether President Joe Biden should be impeached, Leavitt said unequivocally that the president should be impeached. And when Mowers said he “supports the science” about the coronavirus vaccine, Leavitt said it’s “none of your business.”

Half of the GOP Senate candidates are in doubt about the 2020 election

CNN’s Daniel Dale wrote Wednesday that more than half of the Republican Senate candidates have “dismissed, questioned or tried to overturn the results of the 2020 election.”

Nineteen of the GOP primary winners have contested the 2020 results, according to Dale’s list, which includes five senators and 11 other candidates. which can feasibly win in November.

The list of candidates for governor is even longer, at least 22 — and the secretary of state — at least 11 — who have espoused similar theories and will be in a position to influence the way elections are conducted in their states if they win in November.

Trump-critical Republicans key to surviving a primary

On the other hand, most of the Republicans who voted to impeach Trump have either been purged by GOP primary voters or announced plans. retirement

In particular, Rep. Liz Cheney, Republican of Wyoming, who helped lead the House investigation into the January 6, 2021 rebellion, lost the primary in August.

Just two of the 10 Republican House members Those who voted to impeach Trump, Rep. David Valadao of California and Dan Newhouse of Washington state, will be on the ballot in November. So does Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the only Republican senator who voted for impeachment and is up for re-election this year.

CNN’s Adam Wollner examines how these few Republicans have survived and calls Murkowski a political anomaly. He won re-election in 2010 after losing that GOP primary with a write-in campaign, which is the political equivalent of pulling a rabbit out of a hat.

But more importantly, he identified the one thing that ties the three surviving Republican impeachments together:

“Murkowski, Newhouse and Valadao did not face a typical Republican primary,” Wollner wrote in August. “Instead, all candidates, regardless of party, participated in contests that appeared on the same ballot. In California and Washington, the top two finishers advance to the general election, and the top four advance to Alaska.” Read more about Wollner’s analysis.

More one-sided polarization

It was done by the Brookings Institution A more comprehensive review of the primary candidates in both parties has been conducted and found that Republicans have embraced Trump and his Democratic brand of conservatism far more completely than they have embraced their most progressive ideas.

Trump endorsed less than 13% of GOP candidates, but more than 96% of those he endorsed won the primary.

Most Republican candidates — nearly 60% in the Brookings review — do not mention Trump or his MAGA and America First mantras on their websites. But only 30% of candidates who did not promote Trumpism won.

Brookings compared those figures to the percentage they embraced the left wing of the democrats. Most of them — 72% of Democratic candidates — had no endorsements from left-wing groups and made no mention of left-wing issues — anything from Medicare for All to defunding the police — on their website. Almost half of them won the primaries.

A small minority of Democrats, about 6%, endorsed ultra-progressive leaders like Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders or groups that share his priorities. Half of them won the primaries.

Brookings conclusion: “On the Republican side, the candidates have embraced Trump — even when he didn’t approve of them — and they’ve done very well in the primaries because of it. On the Democratic side, the impact of the Bernie Sanders revolution has been smaller, more muted, and less successful in the primaries.”

EXPLANATION: This story has been updated to reflect which candidates former President Donald Trump has endorsed.