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Eventful week of internal GOP wrangling raises the stakes for 2022 election

WASHINGTON – Republican divisions have spilled over on both sides of the Capitol last week, offering a glimpse into the dynamics of a potential GOP takeover of Congress, with the party historically favored to achieve gains in the 2022 election .

In the House, acrimonious internal struggles have revealed just how empowered and empowered far-right conspiracy theorists like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., And Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., Feel. expect to increase their influence if the Republicans capture the majority.

Meanwhile, a select group of GOP senators withheld a major defense bill and nearly forced the government to shut down in a bid to stop vaccination mandates, providing insight into the new governance challenges facing the government. President Joe Biden would face if his party loses control.

The week exposed the limits of the Democrats’ grip on power, despite being in charge of the White House and Congress. Very slim majorities have left them struggling to finalize Biden’s economic and climate bill or to smoothly process what legislation needs to be passed.

Democrats say a GOP-led Congress would allow agitators to engage in collapsing maneuvering and create a safe space for far-right members of the House to push racist statements and election plots.

“If the Republicans take power, we will likely default on our debt and face multiple government shutdowns each year. They will prepare to topple the Electoral College and further mainstream incitement to violence,” NBC told NBC Senator Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii. New. “It is extremely risky to put these people in charge – they will make Newt Gingrich look like a moderate. The Republican base is with Marjorie Taylor Green.”

Right-wing rebels may be a minority within the GOP, but they demonstrate the problems Parliamentary Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell would face if they took control, respectively, in 13 month. The two met in private on Thursday.

Senator Mike Rounds, RS.D., said Republicans must take control of the party, or they risk encouraging some in their ranks to create divisions within the party that play into the hands of Democrats politically.

“We are facing deadlines. Individual members are exercising their privileged rights. And they are stalling. And as long as you encourage people to stall, you’ll get more,” Rounds said in an interview. “It’s very unfortunate. Leadership has to fix it.”

Early last week, after Representative Nancy Mace, RS.C., condemned Boebert’s comments comparing Representative Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., To a terrorist because of her Muslim faith, Greene intervened to call Mace “wasteThis sparked a bitter feud between the two lawmakers, with Mace using emojis to call out Greene. crazy bat.

McCarthy kept his distance from the confrontation, refusing to punish Boebert’s racism or condemn Greene’s attack on his colleague. The two first-term lawmakers are seen by other GOP colleagues as agents of chaos, but party leaders are reluctant to criticize them as they seek to align with former President Donald Trump and strengthen his fabricated claims that widespread fraud decided the 2020 outcome.

McCarthy, hesitant to side with Trump given the ex-president’s influence with Tory voters, has been accused by critics of giving refuge to racism and dangerous conspiracy theories in his attempt to become Speaker of the House in 2023, if the Republicans took control of the House.

McCarthy on Friday dismissed the possibility that intra-caucus acrimony would compromise his ability to govern if he is president.

“No. Everything will be fine,” he said in response to a question from NBC News.

“If we are given the confidence to be the majority, we will fight inflation, we will secure our border, we will lower gasoline prices and we will focus on the economy,” McCarthy said.

Across Capitol Hill, a handful of right-wing GOP senators were able to erase work on generally uncontroversial issues last week. Objections from Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Torpedoed a vote to re-authorize the Pentagon. And a crusade against the vaccine mandates of Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has pushed Congress to the brink of closure.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has repeatedly blamed “Republican dysfunction” for roadblocks. The difficulty in passing an interim bill without changing government funding levels underscores the difficulty of reaching a full-year appropriation agreement by February.

“We should all come out of the shutdown policy together, and that’s something a handful of people on their side insist on doing,” said Senator Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Who is facing re-election. next fall. “We would be a lot better off with the Democrats in charge.”

In addition to the high stakes of 2022, the conservative-dominated Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a landmark case and said it was inclined for the gut Roe vs. Wade. GOP victories in the midterm elections could fuel the Conservative half-century goal of restricting or banning abortion.

Greene, for his part, attacked Mace “as pro-abortion” because the South Carolina Republican supports the rape and incest exemptions. mass responded to her on Twitter: “What I’m not is a religious (or racist) fanatic. You might want to try that out there in your little ‘league’.”

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