Following the Republican Party’s mediocre performance in the 2022 midterms, Missouri Senator Josh Hawley is calling for the party to embrace significant changes on public policy. Hawley made these comments on November 12, 2022.
“The old party is dead. Time to bury it. Build something new,” Hawley said on Twitter after Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto’s razor thin victory over Republican challenger Adam Laxalt in Nevada’s United States Senate race.
The initial expectation was for the Republican Party to take back the House and Senate. Now, in light of the disappointing midterm results, Hawley wants to “bury” the old Republican Party and “build” a new party.
Prior to the midterm elections, Hawley signaled his support for reforming the GOP by declaring that he would not support Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell for Senate GOP leadership.
“I don’t imagine I will, no,” Hawley allegedly said when he was questioned about his potential support for McConnell. “I’m not sure if any other senator will run or not. Nobody’s indicated they would. But my view is that we need new leadership in that position.”
Recently, McConnell has faced increased criticism from grassroots conservative after the Super-PAC he is connected to, the Senate Leadership Fund, cut ad spending for Republican candidate Blake Masters in a highly competitive Arizona Senate race to attack Republican insurgent Kelly Tshibaka, who is facing off against McConnell ally Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski in Alaska’s US Senate race.
The Missouri senator has supported Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s and other Senate colleagues’ efforts to delay the GOP senate leadership vote until the final results of the Georgia Senate runoff come out.
“Exactly right. I don’t know why Senate GOP would hold a leadership vote for the next Congress before this election is finished,” Hawley commented with respect to Rubio’s call for delaying the Senate GOP leadership vote.
Hawley belongs to the emerging national populist wing of the Republican Party, who have criticized the GOP’s coddling of Big Business and the military-industrial complex. Since being elected in 2018, Hawley has stood out for his support for breaking up Big Tech, restricting immigration, and opposing NATO expansion.
This is a breath of fresh air from the stale neoconservative consensus that worships Big Business, mass migration, and never-ending wars. Hopefully, Hawley gains additional colleagues in the House and Senate who share his beliefs. One man can only do so much in politics.
It’s going to take a new elite and massive grassroots action to make America First principles a reality in the Land of the free.