Ex-RNC Chair Blasts The Cheney/Kinzinger Censure In Scathing Letter To McDaniel

Former Republican National Committee chair and Montana Gov. Marc Racicot issued an open letter to current RNC chair Ronna McDaniel on Sunday slamming the committee’s censure of Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL).

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://talkingpointsmemo.com/?p=1404954

“I’ll have disagreements [with Biden], I’m certain,” Racicot said at the time. “But the content of a man’s character or a woman’s character to serve in that capacity is more important than any other issue that I have to consider as a matter of conscience.”

Written like someone who’s seen the content of Trump’s character. And frankly his supporters at this point.


Disarray, with more to come.


slamming the committee’s censure of Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger

Leave it to Trumpian Republicans to sin against the 11th Commandment.


Racicot ended his missive with a plea for McDaniel to reverse the resolution.

… or what? the sentiments are laudable - but now that it is universally becoming acknowledged that the Republican National Committee is aligning with ANTI-DEMOCRACY factions … now that it is clear that the Republican Party is entirely on-board with concerted efforts to deny large blocks of the population the access to voting … What is the leverage that you are willing to utilize beyond -
“pointed remarks” … “stern words” … “expressions of deep disappointment” ???


So far we have the white glove guys politely disapproving. Be sure to let us know when things get out of hand.


from your lips to the universe


Preaching chastity in a brothel.


It’s obvious that there’s at least a minor civil war within the Republican Party. Quite a few prominent Republicans have publicly denounced the direction of their Party, which is significant I suppose.

What’s not obvious is whether or not any of this disarray will make any difference. I’m starting to suspect that most Republicans and right leaning independents would hold their noses and vote for a cannibal-serial killer in spite of denouncing his behavior publicly. Meanwhile, many Democrats and most left leaning independents wouldn’t show up to vote against a cannibal-serial killer if they had any issues at all with either Biden or their perceived direction of the country.

In short, these Republicans simply want to maintain the image of having at least some political integrity, but not in a way that might make matters better in any way.


I think this is much ado about nothing. That is instead of hoping for Republican splits that causes many to stay home or vote for Democrats, if Democrats are going to win in 2022 it will be due to high turnout among Democrats.

If we have learned anything over the past 40 years it is that Republicans in the end always fall in line. That is they often have policy disputes but their greed for power TRUMPS all else.

The only real fear Republicans have is that Trump gets vindictive and causes the base not to go to the polls. That is traditionally Republicans vote in about the same numbers in the same election cycles, 2010, 2014, 2018 and 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020. The real difference in election outcomes is Democrat turnout. But I find this unlikely as Trump has more at stake, personally and politically, then any other Republican including Mitch McConnell that Republicans do well in 2022.

If Democrat turnout in 2022 is like 2018, the Democrats will be just fine. If Democrat turnout is like 2014, Democrats are in trouble.


I just want to see how far McConnell’s recruitment of non-Trumper candidates goes. That’s where my interest goes now. All the rest is blowing in the wind.


What’s obvious is that there are a few people who were formerly inside the Republican Party who now find themselves on the outside and are unhappy at how the new Republican Party has been assembled.



The enemy of my enemy is not necessarily my friend.


We need to add more to this array of dis.


Racicot defended Cheney and Kinzinger, saying they were “honorably performing their investigative duties and searching for the truth as members of a duly constituted investigative committee,” not trying to “destroy” Trump, as the RNC resolution claimed


One can only hope that all of the division in the ranks of repub leadership with conservative/rational former leaders on one side and fascist, violence-prone trumpers on the other will result in less republican votes this fall.

Unfortunately, robotic repub voters know only one thing - vote republican no matter what. Tribalism trumps character, policy, and even manifest self-benefit in the voting booth. Most republican voters don’t even understand ‘policy’ other than owning the libs (by promoting racism and intolerance - a policy they can get behind).


“Could infighting, verbal fisticuffs, mutual death threats and “legitimate political discourse” factionalize the Republican party and spell doom for Joe Biden’s search for bipartisanship? We ask several suburban moms gathered together at an Arlington soccer pitch.”

By David Leonhardt.


“Ordinary citizens engaged in legitimate political discourse,” was a blunder of epic proportions. Already establishment/western Republicans are lashing back.


An excellent point but if I am going to bet, it goes nowhere.

Trumpy or not, Republicans being elected increase McConnell’s power so in the end he will do whatever he can, including sabotage of America to get Republicans, Trumpy or not, elected.


It started in '16, because the guy that they wanted (Rubio) got thumped by Trump. The problem is that the Republican Party is eventually doomed.

It might not be this year, but that reckoning is coming.