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Dispatch #2: Collision

The midterm supposedly showed that MAGA Trumpism was an electoral loser. But the new GOP House is prepping for MAGA on steroids.
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 09: U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) arrives at a news conference at the U.S. Capitol June 9, 2022 in Washington, DC. House Republicans held a news conference to discuss th... WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 09: U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) arrives at a news conference at the U.S. Capitol June 9, 2022 in Washington, DC. House Republicans held a news conference to discuss the public hearings that will be held this month by the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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November 23, 2022 11:50 a.m.

Coming out of the 2022 midterms, conventional wisdom pointed to one lesson for the GOP: Voters didn’t like Big Lie MAGA Republicans. The Big Lie and MAGA have become all but indistinguishable. But to the extent they are distinguishable, if you came to the game on the back of a Trump endorsement, you probably didn’t fare well in 2022. The best example are all those Big Lie secretary of state candidates in swing states. Every last one of them lost. That and related defeats are what has given rivals in the GOP at least an opening to challenge Trump for leadership of the party. After years when he could make or break anyone in the GOP, in 2022 Trump looked like an electoral loser. Conventional wisdom is usually most noteworthy for what it misses. But the signal here was so strong as to be undeniable: Trump had a stranglehold on the GOP. But in a general election his embrace was toxic, except in solidly red states.

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