Note to Republicans: Don’t play chicken with voters

Source: The Hill
by Keith Naughton

“Sometimes the analysis is obvious: Kowtowing to Donald Trump cost Republicans a big night. And the GOP is likely to pay for this blown opportunity through the next two election cycles. Every indicator — from the late polling of individual races to presidential approval ratings to the ‘right track/wrong track’ numbers — was set for a strong Republican election. But it’s looking like Trump was too much baggage to overcome. And, make no mistake, the Democrats didn’t win, the Republicans lost. … For Republicans, it’s a bitter night. They threw away a huge opportunity. Too timid to push Trump away, unwilling to temper themselves enough to be viewed as a reasonable alternative, they dared the public to vote Democratic in the face of all the negativity — so the public did.” (11/09/22)