The party in power usually takes a midterm beating following a presidential election. This year is no different and Republicans are working to figure out a plan to hold on to their seats.
Republican Party insiders are warning GOP incumbents that 2018 will bring an anti-Trump voting wave in the midterms and urging all lawmakers in the party to plan for competition.
As reported by The Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard:
In personal pitches from House Speaker Paul Ryan and in leadership memos, members are being urged to step up fundraising, hire campaign staff, and draw up a battle plan that focuses on local issues and legislative achievements.
“The message from the speaker,” said top Team Ryan campaign aide Kevin Seifert, “is if you’ve not had a race in awhile, you need to get ready, and you need to start preparing early for a campaign cycle that is going to be fairly different than you’ve had.”
“Good members kind of take that to heart and starting building a team out now, building a campaign plan. The other ones are the ones we have a lot of work to do,” added Seifert, who, like Ryan, is confident of the GOP keeping its House majority.
History indicates that a new president’s party gets whacked in the first midterm after the presidential election. The average is 32 seats, a handful more than the GOP holds.
To fight that, Ryan, the National Republican Committee, and the National Republican Congressional Committee have been on a fundraising tear, breaking records to fill a huge war chest. Ryan has become one of the party’s best fundraisers in history, and he still reserves weekends for family time.
The memo comes just after Trump warned GOP voters against complacency during a speech lat last month.
“Right now, we have a big race coming up, you have to get out you have to just get that enthusiasm. Keep it going,” Trump said. “See, the word really is complacent. People get complacent. It is a natural instinct. You just won, and now, you’re happy and complacent. Don’t be complacent. Okay, don’t be complacent.
“If they get in, they will repeal your tax cuts. They will put judges in that you wouldn’t believe. They will take away your Second Amendment, which we will never allow to happen,” he added.