Politics

Republicans Look Toward 2022 With Confidence

But hopefully not with hubris.

Image Credit: Shutterstock

David Marcus, Newt Gingrich, and a slew of others think 2022 will go very Republican. I’ve indulged in that thinking too and many signs point toward it. But all this confidence could lead to complacency and confirmation bias, both very deadly to any political effort. David Marcus, in an article that strangely omits the Republican House landslides of 1994 and 2010, touts GOP opportunities. He’s probably right. Probably.

Marcus: With less than a year to go before the 2022 midterm elections, the Republican Party is staring at an opportunity of truly historic proportions. Even before the shocking results of the gubernatorial races last month things looked good, all signs were pointing to “yes” on taking back Congress. But the win in Virginia and narrow defeat in deep blue New Jersey have changed the map. What had looked like solid gains, could now turn out to be completely transformational.

Are you embarrassed that Joe Biden is our "president"?

By completing the poll, you agree to receive emails from LifeZette, occasional offers from our partners and that you've read and agree to our privacy policy and legal statement.

In the wake of the 2020 election the conventional wisdom was that a kind of trade had taken place. Democrats had solidified their gains among suburban White voters but Republicans had made deep inroads into a more diverse working-class demographic.

It was a deal that most, though not all, conservatives were happy with, a coalition with greater growth potential. But after this year’s elections, Republicans must be asking themselves, “Can we have both?” And it sure seems like the answer is yes.

The current facts on the ground are daunting for Democrats. Joe Biden is about as unpopular as a Democrat president can be, the generic congressional polling has the GOP up an almost unprecedented 10 points, and aside from James Carville and a smattering of others, the left doesn’t appear to understand it even has a problem.

This is an opportunity for Republicans to achieve something that they have not for at least a century: lasting institutional political power. The GOP has long been the “opposition party” in American life. Even sweeping victories by Richard Nixon in 1972 and Ronald Reagan in 1980 left Democrats in charge of the House of Representatives.

Under President George W. Bush, Republicans controlled both houses of Congress for most of his first six years, but it was tight. Like Biden, the 43rd president entered the Oval Office with an evenly split Senate. In 2006 the Democrats would sweep back into control on Capitol Hill.

The chance at power that Republicans have today is of a completely different order of magnitude. Voters are rejecting Democrats’ ideas on education, the economy, the border, crime, you name it. Even on COVID, Biden has crashed in the polls, and while some Democrats seem keen on reducing COVID restrictions, their base, whom they have terrified for two years, doesn’t really seem ready for that…

The trick for Republicans will be to isolate Democrats politically as a niche far-left party. Amazingly, this is a project a whole lot of Democrats, including Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, seem on board with. But, of course, none of this is a fait accompli.

For the GOP to pull off an historic victory they must do two things. First, be a big tent party that eschews purity tests, and second, keep a laser-like focus on the fumbling failures of the Democrat majority.

David Kamioner
meet the author

David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

Join the Discussion

COMMENTS POLICY: We have no tolerance for messages of violence, racism, vulgarity, obscenity or other such discourteous behavior. Thank you for contributing to a respectful and useful online dialogue.

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
8 days ago

Dump RINOs & DC Estd GOP or lose 2022 & face voter wrath