While I would agree that Trump's candidates in this election cycle were disappointing, there is no one issue that can be blamed for the loss.
Senator McConnell (R-KY), however, is trying to go that route.
He is putting the entire blame on Trump's camp.
The Failed Red Wave
While speaking to reporters on Tuesday, McConnell stated, "We ended up having a candidate quality [issue]…. Look at Arizona, look at New Hampshire and a challenging situation in Georgia as well."
I will admit that candidate quality was a problem during the election cycle.
That, however, was not the only reason that Republicans got schooled during an election cycle they should have dominated.
McConnell spent millions in a race where two Republicans were the top candidates. He did this because he did not like the other favorite in the race because she was supported by Trump.
I can rattle off half a dozen elections where that money probably would have resulted in a win for another candidate, but the only problem was those candidates were also backed by Trump.
McConnell's job was not to judge the candidates, but it was to support them, which he did not do.
I have been pretty hard on Trump regarding the failure of his hand-picked candidates during the election, but McConnell also takes his fair share of the blame for not fully supporting these candidates during the election.
Some of those candidates were going to go down regardless, but we easily could have won two or three Senate seats and captured the majority of McConnell would have gone all-in on Trump's candidates.
The job that Blake Masters did in Arizona was amazing considering the lack of funding he had in that race.
Trump shares that same blame, however, as he hoarded the money in his Save America PAC, having raised about $250 million spending very little on candidate races.
We needed more ads, a better ground game, and better candidate support, and that also falls on McConnell.
Let's also not forget that Raphael Warnock and John Fetterman won their elections, so how much does quality really matter?
I would also say that the GOP has never bought in on early voting, costing them huge in this election.
Whether we like it or not, it is now part of the game, and they better figure out how to get more voters involved or every election will be a repeat of 2022.
Source: Fox News