Arizona GOP: We are “never going back” to the party of John McCain

Both the U.S. senators from Arizona, Krysten Sinema and Mark Kelly, are Democrats. The last time Arizona had two Democratic senators was 1953 when Ernest McFarland and Carl Hayden represented the state in Washington D.C. That was sixty-eight years ago.

In today’s Wall Street Journal, editor Gerald Seib has a piece on the potential Republican Party civil war. Here is a taste:

Two years from now, after this week’s attempt to overturn the results of the presidential election has long since played out, here is a plausible scenario:

A Republican senator or House member, one party leaders are eager to see retain his or her seat, will be challenged in a primary by a disciple of President Trump. The incumbent, after being attacked as a member of a disparaged party establishment, will still win the primary. But that outcome will be challenged by Republican rebels, who, taking a cue from what is happening right now, will charge that the election was “rigged” by the establishment, and go to court to try to overturn it.

Such are the forces being unleashed this week within the GOP, where the prospect of a virtual civil war suddenly feels real. This internal struggle engages the president and his family; lawmakers courting the support of Trump loyalists; and a conservative Republican establishment embodied by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Part of the struggle is ideological, part is simply about power. In any case, it figures to roll through the next two years and into the 2022 mid-term election.

The irony is that Republicans might instead be uniting in celebration over what actually was a good outcome for them in the 2020 vote, and allowing attention to focus on Democrats’ own considerable internal ideological schisms. Instead, the party is being pulled apart in the last days of the Trump term.

Read the rest here. The piece also mentions this tweet:

Seib adds:

As that tweet shows, there is an important ideological struggle lying beneath the skirmishing. Mr. Trump essentially ran for president in 2016 as an independent populist, with no use for a Republican establishment that largely opposed him. Upon prevailing, he turned the party away from traditional conservative principles of free trade, lower government spending and limited executive authority and toward more of a working-class agenda.

Here are a few more tweets from the official Twitter account of the Republican Party of Arizona: