Republicans beat Democrats ten to nothing in their annual Congressional baseball game. That’s the extent of their winning streak of late. Elsewhere, they’ve been batting close to zero.
Not only were Republicans snookered by Senate Democrats into supporting the $280 billion “Chips” bill, an unnecessary handout to a wildly profitable industry. They also got blindsided by a Build Back Better proposal that rose from a well-deserved grave.
As alarming, recent polling and fund-raising reports show Republicans losing steam as we approach the midterm elections. As the GOP hovers on the brink, it needs a pinch-hitter to turn around the party’s fortunes, literally and figuratively.
That pinch hitter could be — and should be — Donald Trump. Thanks to unflattering disclosures from the partisan January 6 show trial, and from months of bitter backward-looking grousing about the 2020 election, Mr. Trump’s popularity has taken a hit.
Recently, though, he spoke at the America First Agenda Summit in Washington, where he reverted to the positive, common-sense kind of message that won him the presidency in 2016. That was a welcome pivot and possibly the beginning of a Trump revival.
He must do more, and he can. The former president is sitting on a reported $121 million that he and his organizations have raised. Karl Rove, in a recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, reports that by law Trump will probably not be able to use this money to fund his likely presidential campaign.
If Trump wants to run again, the most important thing he can do is to support GOP candidates, and especially those he has backed, in the upcoming midterms. By showing that he will work for his party’s nominees and that he can produce winners, Trump could get his mojo back.
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