House Freedom Caucus member Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina is calling for “new leadership” in the House Republican Caucus as Speaker Paul Ryan faces withering criticism for his indecisiveness on the immigration issue.
House Republicans have been expected to whip Rep. Goodlatte’s proposed bill before bringing it to a House vote, but the Freedom Caucus is saying that the whip operation is not happening. Goodlatte’s bill caves on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), allowing DREAMers to stay in the country, but also tightens some other enforcement mechanisms like E-Verify.
Meadows is not happy with Ryan’s inaction on Goodlatte’s relatively moderate bill.
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Meadows’ bold statement Wednesday marks a new benchmark in anti-Ryan rhetoric, in calling for “new leadership” to address Republican challenges on Capitol Hill.
Meadows’ Freedom Caucus ally Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio also strongly criticized “leadership” in an interview he conducted with Meadows with The Atlantic, stating: “I’m worried, because we were promised a full-scale push and whip operation on Goodlatte and we’ve just frankly not seen anything close to that. It’s basically Bob Goodlatte going around and talking to people, and the Freedom Caucus going around and talking to people. Other than that, you don’t hear anything from leadership about the legislation.”
The unwillingness of Ryan to put forth a vote allows Democrats and moderate Republicans to continue negotiations that could further water down the immigration plan before DACA expires next month, and keeps hope alive for Democrats to win the immigration fight outright.
Meadows recently invoked President Trump’s trademark Swamp metaphor to slam the recent budget deal, which did nothing to effectively curtail out-of-control government spending.
POLL: 72% of Republicans Want Party Leaders Affiliated With Donald Trump’s Policies, Even if Biden Wins
Republicans strongly support Trump’s policies.
New post-election polling reveals that Republican voters want party leaders affiliated with Donald Trump’s “America First” policy vision, even in the event that Joe Biden is ultimately inaugurated as President in January.
The final outcome of the presidential election is still pending litigation in several swing states.
Voter Omnibus’s survey questioned 1,001 national voters on the matter last week, including 465 Republican-aligned voters.
An outright plurality of Republican and Republican-leaning voters want the party to continue with Donald Trump himself as the leader of the party, with 39% of voters expressing such a view.
33% of Republican-aligned voters want the party to continue with new leaders who are more “disciplined.” Combined, these constituencies form a strong majority of 72% in support of the Trump agenda.
A paltry constituency of Republicans desire to see the party return to the Bush/Romney approach of neoconservative globalism, signaling poor prospects for liberal conservatives to regain control of the Republican party.
Republicans are far more concerned that weak Republicans won’t fight against Democrats or abandon Trump’s “America First” policy approach than they are that they’ll advance Trump’s agenda.
Trump is the most popular potential 2024 candidate in the event he leaves office in January.
It’s hard to imagine any politician beating a former President, especially a figure with the political legacy of Donald Trump, in a Republican primary. The fundamentals for a 2024 Trump campaign are strong if he leaves office in January, and it appears that the desire for Republican leaders who share the President’s “America First” vision is overwhelming.
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