G. McConway
February 8, 2024

McCarthy Touted as Possible Successor to McDaniel

The hottest topic on the Hill this week is the possible removal of Ronna McDaniel as the RNC Chair.

We have seen several names floated for the position, with Donald Trump reportedly eying North Carolina Republican Party Chair Michael Whatley to take over.

There is another name that has created some buzz as well, that being former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

Out with the Old, In with the Old

Anyone who reads my reports regularly knows how I feel about current leadership in the GOP, and I am including McCarthy in this conversation.

We lost the House in 2018, then we lost the Senate in 2020. We were promised a tsunami in 2022, and we barely took the House back and the Dems kept the Senate, then we lost more key seats in the smaller 2023 cycle.

In my eyes, if we want to push the conservative movement forward, McCarthy, RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel, and Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) all need to be put out to pasture, not just recycled to new positions.

Enter McCarthy, who was suggested to replace McDaniel by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), the same man responsible for removing McCarthy in the first place.

Gaetz put McCarthy’s name in the hat, posting, “I fully endorse Kevin McCarthy for RNC Chair. Kevin is well organized and a very high-revenue fundraiser. He will also be well-liked by the RNC Committee.

“The RNC Chair doesn’t make any policy decisions, set any agenda, or negotiate against Democrats, ever. Kevin would be terrific.”

There were those who said Gaetz was only joking, but his arguments did not make it sound as though he was joking.

It also may have been his way of offering up an olive branch to McCarthy to get his allies that remain in Congress off Gaetz’s back.

McCarthy is a fundraising mastermind, but this position has to be more than just fundraising.

McDaniel proved that focusing on loyalty to Trump leads to the downfall of the RNC, which is getting clobbered in election strategy and fundraising by the DNC right now.

I would have zero problem with McCarthy being involved, but we need a neutral party in that chair that will look out for all Republican candidates, not solely focused on Trump and his legal problems.

If the next person mimics the strategy of McDaniel, history is doomed to repeat itself, and if that happens, who knows what will be left of the conservative movement come 2028?

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