It goes without saying to anyone paying attention that since 2016, GOP electoral success has been disappointing. Sitting at the vanguard of GOP efforts to win elections has been Ronna McDaniel (née Romney), niece of Sen. Mitt Romney, and granddaughter to the Romney dynasty of Michigan Gov. George Romney. After a number of election failures for the GOP, including this past Tuesday, it begs the question, should McDaniel’s time as the chairwoman of the RNC come to an end? Russell Payne reports in The New York Sun that GOP influencers are calling on McDaniel to resign after her latest embarrassment. He writes:
Conservative influencers are demanding a change in leadership at the Republican National Committee after another disappointing night at the ballot box for Republicans
The editor in chief of a conservative news site, Just the News, John Solomon, the one-time top editor of the Washington Times, is calling on President Trump to oust the RNC chairwoman, Ronna McDaniel.
In a conversation with a one-time advisor to Mr. Trump, Steve Bannon, Mr. Solomon called on Ms. McDaniel to quit her post, saying, “Republicans keep giving Ronna McDaniel a promotion,” adding that “you’ve got to do something dramatic and I think that starts at the RNC.”
“I keep watching this extraordinary dynamic play out,” Mr. Solomon said. “You win by candidates, messaging, money, and get out the vote, and Republicans are losing on all four grounds.”
Another conservative commentator, Benny Johnson, said that Republicans and conservatives “suffered humiliating losses in deep red states Ohio and Kentucky.”
“Republicans are sick of Ronna McDaniel using the same losing strategy for six years in a row,” Mr. Johnson said. “If Ronna won’t resign, she needs to be removed.”
Other commentators that cater to the GOP’s more fringe constituents on the right, like attorney Rogan O’Handley, also called on Mr. Trump to oust Ms. McDaniel.
“If Matt Gaetz can vacate Kevin McCarthy, I think it’s time for President Trump to vacate Ronna McDaniel,” Mr. O’Handley said. “Only he has the power to do it at this point.”
The Gateway Pundit, a self-described “online news publication consisting of news, commentary and analysis” catering to a conservative audience, also called on Ms. McDaniel to resign.
“Totally useless @GOPChairwoman Ronna McDaniel should resign following tonight’s general election results,” the group said in a tweet. “She has done nothing to this day to secure our elections from voter fraud, registration fraud, and mail-in ballot fraud.”
The Republican influencers are blaming Ms. McDaniel for the party’s poor performance in the 2023 elections, a redux of underperformances in 2018, 2020, and 2022.
In Tuesday’s election, Republicans were routed in Kentucky and Virginia, with a Democrat, Governor Beshear, winning re-election in a squarely conservative state, and Democrats retaining control of the state senate in Virginia and winning a majority in the state house of delegates.
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