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Saturday, December 23, 2017

A few weeks before Alabama's special Senate election, President Donald Trump's handpicked Republican National Committee leader, Ronna Romney McDaniel, delivered a two-page memo to White House chief of staff John Kelly outlining the party's collapse with female voters. The backstage talks provide a window into how those closest to Trump are bracing for a possible bloodbath in the 2018 midterms, which could obliterate the Republican congressional majorities and paralyze the president's legislative agenda. The potential for a Democratic wave has grown after Republican losses this fall in Virginia, New Jersey and Alabama, and as the president's approval ratings have plummeted to the 30s.

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In recent weeks, some of the president's advisers have taken it upon themselves to warn him directly about the fast-deteriorating political environment. White House officials have convened to discuss ways to improve his standing with suburban voters.

And on Wednesday, the president met with Kelly, political director Bill Stepien, communications director Hope Hicks, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and Brad Parscale, Trump's digital director in the 2016 campaign, to discuss the political landscape.

Lewandowski forcefully raised concerns about the party's efforts, according to one attendee and another person briefed on the meeting.

Among GOP leaders, however, there is widespread concern heading into 2018. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said privately that both chambers could be lost in November.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has told donors that he fears a wave of swing district Republican lawmakers could retire rather than seek reelection.

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"During a conference meeting last week, House Republicans listened as the past five chairmen of the party's campaign arm addressed the political environment. One endangered lawmaker said his main takeaway was that incumbents should spend little time worrying about Trump or the White House and focus only on controlling what they can.

Another person who was present came away with the impression that if lawmakers didn't shore up their political standing now, they shouldn't expect the national party to be able to save them down the road.

"In a year like this, you better not take anything for granted," said Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent, a moderate Republican who is retiring. "I think most members know this is going to be a really tough challenge this cycle."

Yeah, but the donors will be happy, and there's always the Dems to clean up the economic mess and take the blame for how long that takes.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2017-12-22 07:36 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

In an interview this week, Stepien acknowledged the pattern of presidents losing seats in Congress in their first midterm election. But he argued that it's far too early to write off the GOP in 2018.

Indeed.

They're not focusing on SS/Medicare/Medicaide cuts just yet because they've probably got a raft of voter suppression laws being written secretly behind closed doors to be introduced hours before the vote with only a simple majority needed to pass them.

They're confident that their scumbaggery will win the day and their dwindling, angry base will continue to be enough as they shave numbers off the other side's voter rolls.

#2 | Posted by jpw at 2017-12-22 02:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#2

Didn't realize that you were a conspiracy theorist, I thought you were smarter than that.

#3 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-12-22 02:55 PM | Reply

That's not that conspiracy theorist, it's just highly cynical and partially tongue in cheek.

#4 | Posted by jpw at 2017-12-22 04:49 PM | Reply

They're confident that their scumbaggery will win the day and their dwindling, angry base will continue to be enough as they shave numbers off the other side's voter rolls.

They are probably correct. Two reasons:

1) Democrats suck at mid-term turnouts.

2) However the mid-terms go, donald will still be president.

2 might be a partial explanation for 1.

#5 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-12-22 05:34 PM | Reply

1) Democrats suck at mid-term turnouts.

Trump's Reign of Tinkle Down Terror will bring them out (see Virginia).

2) However the mid-terms go, donald will still be president.

NOT if the Democrats win both houses. All bets are off then.

#6 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-12-22 06:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

NOT if the Democrats win both houses.

True, but I see that as extremely unlikely.

#7 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-12-22 06:31 PM | Reply

Democrats are funny..

Donald is actually delivering in a few promises and has done so.

I think liberals will be shocked on how the mid terms go.

Expect the liberal media to up the ante on stories about Trump in the lead up to the elections.

#8 | Posted by boaz at 2017-12-24 08:35 AM | Reply

Donald Trump is a replay of Dubya, so far, without the war or 9-11. Tax cuts will build a great house of cards just like it did for Dubya, the only question is when will it collapse? You fools made fun of us when we told you that about Dubya's "great economy," but you were mysteriously absent when what we told you would happen, happened. The only difference, this time I will take my own advice and sell while values are high and laugh when values collapse. Though, in hindsight, I did do that last time too, my condo is already worth $100,000 more than I paid for it. Thanks Obama!

#9 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-24 08:56 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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