On Friday Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist appeared on FOX News to discuss the fallout from the surprising midterm elections.
Instead of the GOP reclaiming at least the House of Representatives by a large margin and possibly the US Senate, the Democrats just maintained control of the Senate, and are edging closer to keeping the US house too.
Hemingway insisted that Republicans must adapt to the new voting practices that have been in place for a few years now. Gone are the days when Republicans could just plan on a good turnout on election day.
Real Clear Politics provides a transcript:
HEMINGWAY: We really did see given all of the enthusiasm in the country that Republican leadership really failed Republican voters. Republican voters were excited. The — the ground was very fertile for a big Republican victory. Joe Biden’s approval was in the toilet. 75% of the country thinks we’re going in the wrong direction.
Just objectively speaking, things are bad in the country, whether it’s the southern border or crime or foreign policy, inflation. And that Republican leaders could not turn that into a big victory for Republicans is really an indictment for how they’re running things.
I could not agree more with your opening where you talk about the importance of understanding that elections are not run anymore like they were in the 1980s. There is now extensive period of voting where people who are smart are running get-out-the-vote operations every day, hauling in ballots every day.
Republicans keep on thinking that election day is a single day and they think if they get everybody excited for that last day that that will be sufficient. That’s not sufficient. There needs to be an effective ground game that is on Republican leadership and there’s only so much that everybody else can do with their enthusiasm and everything else.
GOP needs to fight fire with fire, no more “but voting should be one day!”You play the game with the rules that exist, not the ones you wish. We need massive shift in focus to early voting and yes, mail in where it’s already the law. @MZHemingway gets it
— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) November 11, 2022
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