Throwback Republicanism Won’t Do in 2022

August was a miserable month—absolute excrement for the world, for our nation, and especially for Joe Biden. In fact, it was so miserable for him, that now 40 percent of Democratic voters want him impeached, according to a Rasmussen poll. 

Not just to resign, not just to never be elected again, but impeached.

In that same poll, almost 60 percent of independents said they want Biden impeached. Moreover, a recent YouGov/Economist poll has Biden at 39 percent approval. Yet Republican leadership is nowhere to be found. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) basically refuses even to say the word and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has gone out of his way to say Republicans won’t even consider voting on removing Biden. 

As if the Democrats didn’t bandy impeachment about every day for four years while Donald Trump was in office.

If nothing else, those poll numbers should give Republicans in Congress courage, and instill a little backbone. It does go to show you how the leaders at the helm of the Republican Party continue to be feckless cowards. The administrative state, the corporate media propagandists, even the military brass, are all working to crush American freedom, while so-called Republican “leaders” can barely muster strongly worded letters in response.

Everyone knows that if the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan had occurred on Donald Trump’s watch, the ink wouldn’t have even dried on his articles of impeachment before Democrats had brought a vote to the floor of the House. 

Republican leadership is also AWOL on another recent bombshell report: We now know that Anthony Fauci very likely lied under oath to Congress when he denied that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases helped pay for “gain of function” experiments on bat coronaviruses in Wuhan, China. But all we’re really getting from leadership is crickets. 

Voters need to be serious with their elected representatives right now. In the coming election year we need to say: “You are Congress. You are leaders in the duly elected legislative body of this nation. And while we know Democrats won’t do anything, are you really just going to let this vicious little elf lie to you in your own chamber and do nothing?”

My concern with all of this is that historical trends and redistricting alike indicate that we can expect a red wave in both houses of Congress in the next election. Historical trends show that the party in the White House, on average since World War II, has lost 28 seats in the House and four seats in the Senate in the first midterm of that administration. Now consider that the redistricting underway ahead of the 2022 elections could hand Republicans anywhere from six to 13 seats alone. 

With efforts to ensure election integrity and prevent a replay of 2020’s highly questionable results, it will be difficult (but not impossible) for Democrats to use the same handbook they did last year. You know they will try universal mail-in ballots, bolstered by groups such as Mark Zuckerberg’s Center for Tech and Civic Life, to rig the game for Democrats in 2022. But with more people aware and watching, it will be tougher to pull off.

What this means, barring disaster, is that Republicans should take back the House of Representatives and the Senate in one fell swoop come 2022. But for what? So we can have gutless wonders like Kevin McCarthy as speaker of the House and Mitch McConnell once again in the Senate majority leader’s office? 

It’s like telling someone he won the lottery and his prize is a bowl of lint sprinkled with lemon juice and chicken scratch. 

So now is the time to start working to make sure the likes of McCarthy and McConnell don’t have the votes to be in leadership come January 2023. They have been weighed in the balance and found wanting, so they should not be rewarded. We know that neither of them is really that determined to push an America First agenda and both are really a throw back to 2006 Republicanism. Why bother if that’s all they have to offer?

It’s time for Republican voters, when looking at House and Senate candidates in 2022, to make this very clear: Candidates should pledge to not vote McCarthy and McConnell into party leadership positions. If they won’t, we don’t have to vote them into office in the first place. It’s that simple.

About Ned Ryun

Ned Ryun is a former presidential writer for George W. Bush and the founder and CEO of American Majority. You can find him on Twitter @nedryun.

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