The GOP has a lot of cleaning up to do. Regardless of who wins the presidency, anger will continue to be directed at Republicans in D.C. It won’t be pretty.
Since either presidential result spells some internal doom, House GOP leaders have scheduled a conference call for Wednesday afternoon to assess the damage.
The call is being hosted by the National Republican Congressional Committee, meaning it will be political in nature. It is scheduled for Wednesday at 1 p.m.
A top Republican aide said the call will be a chance for leaders to take the temperature of members after a bruising election season. Republican insiders expect to lose about a dozen seats, but others say the losses could total as many as 20 seats.
Some Trump Hill surrogates have urged their colleagues to stick with the nominee despite his controversial remarks. Others, particularly vulnerable Republicans in swing districts, have distanced themselves from the top of the ticket.
This election cycle has placed those standing on principle against those invested in supporting their party. Clearly, that fracture won’t just be felt in the totals for the presidential candidates on election night. Discord will continue to reverberate among Republicans at the national level.
Deep division may also affect leadership elections.
Some are quietly pushing top Republicans to postpone the leadership elections to give lawmakers more time to consider their leadership team. Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Ohio) said in an interview this weekend that he personally wants a delay so the divided conference can unify…
No matter where the country stands on Wednesday morning, the House GOP, and Speaker Paul Ryan especially, are in for a rough week.