Trump’s allies are privately plotting next steps after the 2022 midterm disaster
The New York Post has coverage since Wednesday (left) and catch Trump’s new push today.
Why it matters: Trump’s involvement in Senate race in Pennsylvaniawhich the GOP lost — plus his approval of hard-right candidates in the House of Representatives who lost or are struggling – collapsed his aura as a power broker.
- “Trump is invincible … until suddenly it isn’t,” said a former senior Trump administration official.
- “But after so many false alarms, nobody knows when it will be time to look back and say, ‘In retrospect, it was over then – we just couldn’t be sure at this point.'”
What we hear: Tuesday’s quick disaster in Pennsylvania clouded what might have been a more manageable final outcome for Trump-backed candidates.
- Trumpworld is hoping that there may still be victories too close to call The Senate is racing Nevada and Arizona.
- Curry Lake, Trump’s nominee for governor of Arizona is also still in a neck-and-neck race.
Behind the scene: Some of Trump’s top advisers want him to delay his “big announcement” — likely the 2024 presidential campaign — until Georgia’s Dec. 6 runoff.
- But Trump there is clarified he has no intention of heeding that advice, at least for now.
Zoom out: Many Republican elites and influential GOP lawmakers have long been done with Trump — and after Tuesday night, they felt even more so with him.
- Several prominent Republicans declined the opportunity to have Swan say on the record that they think it’s time to step away from Trump.
- Their desire to keep their views private shows that Trump and his hold over the hardline base still scares them.
What’s next: All GOP eyes will be on the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual meeting in Las Vegas late next week.
- Trump is not on the speaker line-up. But this is a who’s who of potential opponents in 2024: Florida Governor Ron DeSantisMike Pence, Mike Pompeo, Nikki Haley, Chris Christie, Sen. Tim Scott (R.C.) and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan.
- The event will test the extent to which these high-profile Republicans are willing to stand up to Trump, rather than resorting to euphemism and shade-throwing as they often do.
Another thing We’re watching—and haven’t seen yet—whether GOP megadonors begin to publicly reject Trump.
- Ken Griffin, a billionaire CEO and major Republican donor, endorsed DeSantis interview reported Politico this week.
- “For a number of reasons, I think it’s time to move on to the next generation,” Griffin said.
Reality check: The accusations of Tuesday’s stunning results did not all fly in one direction.
- Trump allies have second-guessed Mitch McConnell’s outside group’s decision to invest millions in helping Dr. Mehmet Oz – a Trump-backed candidate who lost decisively in Pennsylvania – and the abandonment of Blake Masters in Arizona. (That race is uninvited.)
- The McConnell team estimated that Pennsylvania Democrat John Fetterman (who won) was a more ripe target for negative ads than Masters’ opponent, Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.), a former astronaut.
intrigue: Pence’s memoir, “Help me God”, will be released next Tuesday, which will give him a lot of media attention.
- Extract was published Wednesday in The Wall Street Journal and quickly made the rounds in GOP circles.
- Title: “My Last Days With Donald Trump.”
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