Do We Need the GOP?

Mike Weisser
4 min readNov 6, 2023

So, yesterday Steve Scalise is trotted out by the GOP to start revving up the 2024 campaign and is interviewed by George Stephanopoulos on ABC. And what important question is he asked? He’s asked to state whether the 2020 election was stolen from Trump.

How does Scalise answer this question when the guy who’s leading the GOP primary field by more than 30 points is still saying that the 2020 election was hijacked from him?

He doesn’t answer the question, mumbling something instead about how he’s looking towards the future and isn’t interested in the past.

So, Stephanopoulos repeats the question again and Scalise mumbles something about the future and the past again.

The day that Trump makes a plea deal which includes dropping out of the 2024 race is the day the GOP can finally stop worrying about what they should say about the results of the 2020 Presidential vote.

And this moment will mark an especially important, indeed unprecedented moment for the GOP, because in the party’s history over the past century or so, it will be the first time the GOP begins to define itself as being in favor of what we should do going forward instead of what we should have done in the past.

Remember Nancy Kassabaum? She was a Senator from Kansas in the 1980’s who sometimes jumped across the aisle to vote with the blue team. She came by her independent streak honestly, because her father, Wendell Wilkie, was Governor of Kansas and got clobbered by FDR in 1936.

Wilkie refused to go out on the campaign trail in that election after the GOP adopted a plank at their convention which opposed the New Deal. Now the fact that the New Deal kept farmers in Kansas from starving in the 1930’s was something that Wilkie understood but it was an issue which hardly penetrated the GOP.

Know when the GOP dropped their last legal challenge to social security? Try 1949. The rest of the industrialized world had implemented social security programs before World War I, but the GOP still believed that government shouldn’t be handing out freebies even if social security was funded by monies contributed by workers themselves.

I love these fucking Republicans who tell me they don’t believe their tax dollars should be used to pay people…