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Divided We Stand

Divided We Stand
New book about the 2020 election.

Thursday, October 19, 2023

Damage to the House GOP

Our 2020 book is titled Divided We Stand: The 2020 Elections and American Politics.  Among other things, it discusses the state of the partiesThe state of the GOP is not good.  

Jim Jordan has never sponsored a bill that became law, even though he has served in the majority. Newt Gingrich developed the modern "outside game" of congressional politics.  Jim Jordan is bringing it to peak -- so far without success.

 Annie Karni at NYT:

The latest round of House Republican infighting has badly damaged the G.O.P. brand. It has left the party leaderless and one chamber of Congress paralyzed for more than two weeks. The chaos is raising the chances that Democrats could win back the majority next year, and it has given them ample ammunition for their campaign narrative, which casts Republicans as right-wing extremists who are unfit to govern.

“It hurts the country; it hurts the Congress; it’s hurting our party,” said Representative Don Bacon of Nebraska, one of 18 Republicans who represent districts won by Mr. Biden in 2020. “It’s putting us in a bad hole for next November.”

He said his hard-right colleagues who moved to oust Speaker Kevin McCarthy earlier this month and touched off the intractable scramble to replace him “want to be in the minority.”

Mr. Bacon added: “I think they would prefer that. So they can just vote no and just yell and scream all the time."