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Old Guard GOP Can Avoid Identity Crisis by Learning From MAGA Base

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By Wednesday, 13 January 2021 08:40 AM Current | Bio | Archive

In the waning days of 2020, there many who could be described as being optimistic about the Republican Party's identity following the election of Nov. 3.

Even with losses in the U.S. Senate and President Trump losing reelection to Joe Biden.

The GOP made significant gains in the U.S. House without losing an incumbent; winning back more seats than anticipated by many in the Senate, and had the energy to potentially take back Republican control in 2022.

However, everything seemed to change --- beginning on Jan. 5, 2021.

Both U.S. senators from Georgia, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, ended up losing their reelection bids to the Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Osoff.

This gave the Senate majority back to Democrats for the first time in a decade.

Just a day afterward, rioters broke into the U.S. Capitol in one of the most controversial and publicized political events of the last couple of decades.

Both sides of the political aisle widely condemned the event for violence and intimidation.

However, in the days following, the GOP and its figureheads have been scrutinized by both those who defended the protest and those who condemned it.

So the question remains: Where does the GOP go from here?

The answer is not simple but doable.

The Republican Party cannot just dismiss the MAGA base.

After all, turnout in 2016 for the presidential, House and Senate races was attributed to that base for driving voters to the polls in areas and demographics that had never been seen before.

In 2020, Trump and other Republicans received more voters from the Hispanic community than ever before.

It would simply be a death sentence for Republicans to forget the base that taught the old guard many lessons.

Adopting mindsets such as anti-interventionism and rejection of endless war, adopting the gall to fight against those that have demonized conservative mindsets like those in the mainstream media, and embracing policies like criminal justice reform are all net benefits that the GOP needs to use as its advantage for upcoming election cycles.

Like it or not, these takeaways are platforms in which the GOP can easily pull independent or third-party voters to voting Republican.

Fighters in Congress such as Matt Gaetz, Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley are some of the party's most influential figures because of embracing the new GOP.

The party also has to make its old guard appealable again. Figures such as Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. and Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., have been demonized among the base since November for not standing for the president and subjects such as election integrity.

In recent polling, 68% of Republican voters believe the presidential election was stolen, which is not ideal for voter confidence.

After losses in the Senate, creating distaste among the general public because of the $2,000 stimulus proposal being killed, and losing the figurehead that brought new voters to the party, the GOP needs to find itself again.

The combination of the old guard's traditional conservatism with the MAGA base is what needs to happen going forward. The old guard needs to learn how to fight, and the new guard needs to learn how to win again.

The GOP is in a fight for its survival as we advance. The Democratic Party had to find its identity again after former President Barack Obama's tenure was over, and Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election.

And now, the GOP needs to take a long look in the mirror about what to do going forward.

Politics is the game of adaptation, and while Republicans cannot use everything the last four years have brought them, they can certainly adapt and not lose the base that gave them power.

Kenny Cody is a 24-year old conservative writer and activist from Northeast Tennessee. He has had pieces published on conservative news sites such as The Daily Wire, Townhall.com, and The Libertarian Republic, as well as serves as Chairman for the Cocke County Republican Party in his home state. In addition to his work as a conservative writer and activist, Cody also serves as an English teacher for Cosby Elementary School. Read Kenny Cody's Reports — More Here.

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Many were optimistic about the Republican Party's identity after the Nov. 3 election, even with losses in the Senate and President Trump losing reelection to Joe Biden. It would simply be a death sentence for Republicans to forget the base that taught the old guard.
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Wednesday, 13 January 2021 08:40 AM
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