'The RNC doesn't matter anymore': New analysis examines the GOP’s post-midterm power struggle

'The RNC doesn't matter anymore': New analysis examines the GOP’s post-midterm power struggle
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Republican National Committee (RNC) leader Ronna McDaniel may be heading for a fourth term to lead the GOP despite growing disapproval of her leadership in the wake of the midterm elections.

In a new analysis titled "The RNC's lopsided power struggle," Axios' Alayna Treene sheds light on the imbalance of power within the political party. Treene notes that McDaniel's continued leadership comes as she has "failed to preside over a single positive election cycle."

"Since McDaniel's election in 2017, the party has suffered through a Democratic landslide in 2018, former President Trump's defeat and a Democratic Senate takeover in 2020, and a 'red wave' that failed to materialize in 2022," Treene wrote.

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Treene went on to explain why this is so important. "With a civil war engulfing the GOP ahead of the 2024 presidential election, the RNC's membership is doubling down on a Trump-allied chair with serious fundraising prowess — but a dismal record when it comes to winning," she wrote.

"Just like the RNC, Chairwoman McDaniel’s decision to run for re-election was member-driven," Emma Vaughn, a spokesperson for McDaniel's re-elect, said.

"Support for the Chairwoman has only grown since her announcement and she looks forward to speaking with each and every member to discuss how the party can continue building upon our investments and make the necessary improvements to compete and win in 2024," Vaughn added.
Now, conservative political analysts and commentators are sharing their opinion of McDaniel's leadership. Speaking to Axios, conservative pundit Erick Erickson weighed in with a blistering assessment of McDaniel saying, "If she were an SEC football coach, she would have been out a long time ago."

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Erickson also revealed what he's been hearing about the party's focus and priorities. "What I hear from not just RNC members, but from elected officials, is that the RNC doesn't matter anymore," Erickson said as he noted the Trump-era committee was more focused on fundraising efforts for presidential elections.

He added, "The Republican Governors Association, the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee matter way more than the RNC. There's no reason to spend capital trying to boot [McDaniel] out when it's not really a relevant factor at this point."

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