Democrats have become increasingly good at using controversial strategies to get votes.
Republicans have spent their time fighting back against COVID-related voting procedures that just won’t go away.
Now former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is calling on the GOP to fully embrace this controversial election tool that is delivering for Democrats.
The President’s Party hasn’t won the Senate during Midterms in nearly 75 years
It has been nearly 75 years since the sitting President’s Party didn’t lose the Senate majority during the Midterms.
This has left many Republican strategists scratching their heads about where to go from here.
Former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich recently weighed in on the topic during a Fox News interview with Sean Hannity.
He thinks he knows what Republicans need to do.
Gingrich says that the GOP needs to forget about any concerns they might have about mail-in voting and start to use the tool in order to win.
Gingrich says that the GOP needs to adapt with the times and cater to existing trends and processes
He doesn’t say he fully endorses mail-in voting but he does say that “you have to play the game by the rules that are existing.”
Gingrich says that fighting against new trends and processes is what is going to end the GOP’s ability to compete for young voters.
“For example, if you want Generation Z voters you’ve got to be on TikTok, even if in fact in the long run we may abolish TikTok as a Chinese communist device,” Gingrich commented.
While this is a wildly unpopular idea amongst conservatives – Gingrich might have a point.
This is a key demographic that didn’t turn out for Republicans in either the 2020 or 2022 election cycle.
Ignoring early voting is hurting Republican turnout and makes media planning more difficult
Gingrich also pointed to the infamous early voting.
He says that Republicans need to focus on capturing early votes and to ignore them is to their detriment.
According to Gingrich, “It doesn’t do Republicans any good to save their TV money until October if they’ve had a third of the vote come in in September.”
He argues that “you have to recognize early voting” for what it is and work to garner votes during the same period.
Gingrich says that “it lets you know who to focus on because they haven’t voted yet.”
His comments came following a knife’s-edge runoff election in Georgia between Herschel Walker and Raphael Warnock.
Walker didn’t perform well in early voting, and this could be the very reason why he wasn’t able to carry Georgia.
Democrats and Republicans have different strategies and Republicans need to rethink everything
Gingrich thinks that Democrats have been working to retool elections to their benefits and it is leaving Republican candidates to try to play by their rules. He says that “Democrats focus on elections. Republicans focus on campaigns.”
Gingrich went on to say that “Democratic consultants ultimately are paid to win elections. Republican consultants are paid to buy TV ads for campaigns. Very different models.”
He thinks that the GOP needs to reconsider everything, stating that “we really need to rethink from the ground up . . . how far Republican doctrine is out-of-touch with reality.”
Many GOP lawmakers are going to struggle with rethinking their talking points.
Strategists can’t even agree on what messaging is actually working.
But he’s right on the money about Republican consultants wasting candidates’ money on TV ad buys.
Patriot Political will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.