After the defeat of Donald Trump, there was an expectation among Republicans who opposed him that party control would be seized, and that conservative realists could take it back. But it has become clear that political extremists have maintained a strong grip on national and state parties and are in the process of fielding and defeating House and Senate candidates in next year’s elections.
Rational Republicans are losing the party civil war. And the only near-term way to fight Trump extremists is for all of us to be our long-term political adversaries: the main competition with the Democrats and achieving the highest political goals.
This year we joined more than 150 Conservatives, including former governors, senators, congressmen, cabinet secretaries and party leaders – urging the Republican Party to disassociate itself from Trumpism or otherwise lose our support, perhaps forming a new political party with us. Instead of returning to the founding ideology, Republican leaders in the House and many states have now turned to faith with conspiratorial theories and false challenges in the litmus test for membership and running for office.
Starting a new center-right party could be the last resort if Trump-backed candidates win the Republican primary. We and our allies have been debating the option of starting a new team for months and will continue to explore its effectiveness in the long run. Unfortunately, history is replete with examples of failed attempts to break the bipartisan system, and in most states today laws do not lend easily to the creation and success of third parties.
So for now, the best hope for the logical remnants of the Republican Party is for us to form an alliance with Democrats to protect American institutions, defeat right-wing candidates and elect honorable representatives next year সহ including a strong party of moderate Democrats.
This is a strategy that has worked. Mr. Trump lost the re-election in large part because Republicans defected nationwide, with 7 percent who voted for him in 2016 to support Joe Joden, a large margin that made some difference in the original swing state.
Even now, we do not take this position lightly. Many of us have spent years fighting the role of left government in society, and our disagreements on fundamental issues such as infrastructure spending, taxes and national security will continue. Similarly, some Democrats will be wary of any deal with political rights.
But we agree on some more basic things – democracy. We cannot tolerate the continued snatching of a large U.S. political party by those who want to tear down the girdle of our republic or who are willing to put the interests of one man before the country. We cannot tolerate Republican leaders – in the 2022 or 2022 presidential elections – refusing to accept the election results or tarnishing the credentials of those results if they are lost.
To that end, concerned Conservatives must join forces with Democrats on the most urgent short-term essentials: preventing Republican leaders from regaining control of the House of Representatives. Some of us have worked with House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy in the past, but not until he met Mr. As long as he accepts Trump’s lies, he can’t be trusted to lead the chamber, especially in the run-up to the next presidential election.
And while many of us support and respect Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, it’s still not clear if he’s Mr. Trump’s allies can be kept away, which is why the Senate could be more secure as a divided body rather than a Republican control.
For these reasons, we will support and support bipartisan-based moderate Democrats in tough competition like Virginia Representative Abigail Spanberger and Michigan’s Alyssa Slotkin and Arizona Senator Mark Kelly, where they will be challenged by Trump-backed candidates. And we will defend a small nucleus of brave Republicans, such as Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger, Peter Major and others who are not afraid to speak the truth.
In addition to these leaders, this week we are gathering around a political idea – the Renew America Movement – and will release a slate of about 20 dozen Democratic, Independent, and Republican candidates that we will support in 2022.
If we want to restore a common sense alliance in Washington, these “renewers” must be protected and elected. But just holding the line would be insufficient. In order to defeat the extremist insurgency in our political system and pressure the Republican Party to reform, voters and candidates must be willing to form obsolete alliances.
For disgruntled Republicans, this means an openness to support the centrist Democrats. It will be hard for Republicans to do this for life – like uprooting another party for fear of ruining your own game – but democracy is not a game, which is why patriotic conservatives should be on top of the team when pushed.
One of those races is in Pennsylvania, where pro-Trump candidates are seeking to replace former Republican Senator Pat Tommy. The only prominent moderate in the primary, Craig Snyder, has recently bowed his head, and if no one takes his place, the significance of Republican voters standing behind a Democrat will increase, as is representative Connor Lamb, a centrist who is running for seat.
For Democrats, it similarly means acknowledging that there are certain races where progressives cannot easily win and acknowledging that throwing them a lot with a center-right candidate makes more sense, which can bring out more radical conservatives.
Utah is a prime example, where the best hope of defeating Republican Senator Mike Lee, who refuses to accept Mr. Trump’s election, is not a Democrat but an independent and former Republican, Evan McMullen, a member of our group who announced last week that he is running.
We need more candidates like him to challenge politicians who want to undermine our Constitution from the comfort of their “safe” seats in Congress, and we are encouraged to notice that extra-independence leaders are considering running in places like Texas, Arizona and North Carolina, Trumpist Republicans. Aim for seats that feel safe.
More broadly, this test of “coalition propaganda” সংশ্লিষ্ট bringing together conservative and patriotic progressives সংশ্লিষ্ট could reshape American politics and serve as antidote to hyper-partisanship and federal gridlock.
In order to work, it will be necessary to build trust between the two camps, especially when they are fighting side by side in the toughest competition in the country by learning to communicate with voters, share sensitive vote data and coordinate campaign messages.
A compact between center-right and left may seem like an unnatural fit, but in the fight for the soul of America’s political system, we can’t go back to our ideological corner.
Much depends on our willingness to consider new paths of political reform. From the halls of Congress to our own communities, the fate of our republic may depend on the formation of alliances with them that we expect less.
Miles Taylor (Miles Taylor USA) Served in the Department of Homeland Security from 2017 to 2019, headed by an employee and anonymous author of a 2018 guest article in The Times that criticized President Donald Trump’s leadership. Christine Todd Whitman (OV Government) Was the Republican governor of New Jersey from 1994 to 2001 and served as EPA administrator under President George W. Bush.
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