Having regained the House majority in the midterm elections, the Republican Party is gaining headway despite conflicts within the party.
As stated by Red State. “If you don’t think Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel‘s job is tantamount to trying to herd cats, you haven’t been paying attention. Locked between Republicans who want Donald Trump out of the 2024 picture and those who fervently support him, she’s damned if she does, damned if she doesn’t.”
McDaniel’s campaign for a fourth term as RNC chairman began midmorning on the day of the midterm elections, which would be a nightmare for the Republican Party. According to NBC News, McDaniel informed at least one RNC member that she would run again if the organization wanted her to remain.
Over the course of the next ten days, Republican leaders blamed each other publicly for the lack of an anticipated red wave, with House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and McDaniel receiving the majority of the criticism, and Trump and his supporters receiving the remainder.
McDaniel succeeded owing in part to the efforts of an ally, Illinois RNC member Richard Porter. The whip team for Porter collected support letters from 101 of the 168 RNC members. Michael Whatley, chairman of the Republican Party in North Carolina, was not surprised:
This has really been kind of member-driven. For me, it was not a close call. Every single time I called her, the answer was yes. … I’m not surprised that folks coalesced behind her or around her as quickly as they did.
But another RNC member who signed the letter brought up the elephant in the room — on the condition of anonymity, to avoid upsetting other members:
We’ve got to do a little bit of a moon dance away from Donald Trump, or an Irish exit. He has been a visionary. But he also brings a lot of baggage and negative [sic] with him. And, you know, he doesn’t always have the best judgment. So I think it’s just for the good of the party. We’ve got to make sure that the  field is wide open.
So, one faction of members want that the RNC chairman stay impartial during the primaries in 2024.
A second faction desires that the RNC chairman publicly embrace Trump.
A third camp wants McDaniel to “tip the scales” against Trump, sincerely believing that if he is denied the candidacy, he would destroy every Republican in his path and torch the party on his way out the door.
McDaniel easily received a sufficient number of promises to retain her position, but a rising number of RNC members, as well as a growing number of Republican supporters, are upset with RNC chairman Trump and his recent unforced blunders — a “talent” he cannot resist.
Oscar Brock, a Tennessee national committeeman, said in one of a series of scathing private email conversations acquired by Politico:
I am flabbergasted at the lack of outrage from Ronna about this. I tweeted to her yesterday, asking her to condemn this. We must, as a party, oppose all racism and prejudice, and condemn those who accept and endorse it, which includes inviting neo-nazi’s [sic] to dinner.
Bill Palatucci, a committeeman from New Jersey, remarked in regard to Porter (who led the effort to garner votes for McDaniel):
Is it just me or is anyone else struck by the incredible irony that Richard was writing these wonderful words within 48 hours of Donald Trump having dinner with anti-Semite Kanye West and Nick Fuentes, also an anti-Semite and a racist white nationalist. All Republican leaders need to stand up and denounce Trump’s actions and lack of judgment here.
Red State reported that Trump’s meal with Ye at Mar-a-Lago was, at the very least, puzzling, given Ye brought two other men and Trump claimed he was uninformed of the meeting’s specifics beforehand.
Among those who objected to Trump’s meeting with Ye, Nick Fuentes, and Milo Yiannopoulos was Vermont national committeeman Jay Shephard:
As individuals and as a party we must not tolerate people like Nick Fuentes and Kanye West. We should never ever give them a platform for their hatred. Giving them attention only divides us as a nation. No Republican should be associated with them, its [sic] not who we are.
McDaniel has the terrible task of integrating all Republican factions into a winning team. If those who object to Trump’s words or meetings remain steadfast in their opposition to the former president who has never fit the political mold, her position will be untenable. However, she may be required to do the impossible.
Red State added this Note from the Editor:
The United States cannot endure another four years of a Democratic president. We must regain control of the White House.