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Can a divided party create a wave?

Jason Himmelright

As most who vote or follow politics noticed, the predicted “red wave” didn’t happen. In fact, quite the opposite. 

A large percentage of Donald Trump’s picks, especially the high-profile picks, lost in their elections. Of course, as usual, he backpedaled on the ones who lost, blaming advisers and even throwing his wife under the bus for his endorsement of Dr. Oz in Pennsylvania’s Senate race.

For me, the elections show a few important things. The Republican Party and MAGA faction are beyond not united. There are simply too many old-school Republicans who will not support Donald Trump or his radical agenda. And that pulls back the curtain to expose the real problem. By overall votes, the country is pretty evenly split on the directions we need to go. This means each party representing the left and right has to be running as a unified, well-oiled machine just to get to half. 

Each party has smaller parties within that makes that difficult. The Democrats’ biggest hurdle is the AOC, Green and socialism mini-parties. These parties have threatened agendas for Democrats by withholding votes on centrist and center-left legislation that doesn’t match their ideology.

The Republican Party has to deal with its Tea Party, neoconservative, moderate and MAGA wings. These groups’ disunity and disloyalty threaten to prevent current Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy from becoming House speaker, as the Freedom Caucus or any other faction could withhold its votes.

The breakup in votes between the Republican Party and the MAGA Party will only guarantee smaller and fewer election wins. If Republicans hope to become a dominant party, they can only do that as a united party. And even if 100% united, they pretty much represent half of the voting public.

Jason Himmelright is a Spring Hope resident and a registered respiratory therapist.