Lincoln Project claims ‘MAGA’ was the real winner of GOP Chair race
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Ronna McDaniel
"The Overton Window has shifted...."

Despite spirited challenges from Harmeet Dillon and Mike Lindell, the national Republican Party is staying the course with Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel.

But one group of former Republicans turned “Never Trumpers” says that the decisive McDaniel re-election Friday was the latest sign that the “MAGA” movement helmed by former President Donald Trump had control over the national GOP.

“Ronna McDaniel’s victory today in the race for Chair of the Republican National Committee, is a victory for MAGA. Originally appointed by Trump, she is a weak leader who submits to MAGA’s whims to remain in power,” the Lincoln Project contends, before offering more similarly heated rhetoric.

“No longer a fringe movement lurking in the shadows, MAGA now has complete ownership of the party apparatus. It has turned the GOP into an authoritarian nationalist cult obsessed with lurid conspiracy theories and fighting a weird culture war to roll back individual rights and destroy our democratic institutions,” the argument continues.

“Anyone who believes that ‘normalcy’ can return to the republican party deludes themselves. The Overton Window has shifted and there is no going back to a pre-Trump GOP that cares about governing and finding ways to better America.”

“The chaos and dysfunction we saw with the election of Kevin McCarthy as Speaker of the House is only a preview of coming attractions. Now that the whole of the party has aligned itself with the MAGA world-view, we can expect this disorder to play itself in communities and state capitals all over the nation. The division and chaos that comes from MAGA will only go away when MAGA has been soundly defeated.”

Ironically given the rhetoric here, the challenge to McDaniel came from the right, not from any moderate constituency that may have existed. Leaders including Ron DeSantis suggested that it was time for a change, but the status quo holds. For the Lincoln Project, it’s more of the same “MAGA” that they’ve decried for years.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • ScienceBLVR

    January 28, 2023 at 9:22 am

    Oh, those folks at LP are always so dramatic. As usual, I do agree with some of their points, but I don’t think it is quite as hopeless as they paint it to be. There are still quite a few “Normal” GOP’ers out there, and if we can keep Trump and DeSantis out of the running, it’s not delusional to still have hope. I’d be backing the other side, of course, but at least the country would still have a chance..

  • tom palmer

    January 28, 2023 at 11:52 am

    Did they miss the Florida conclave in which Sabitini, Gaetz et al had their noses glued to the windows like homeless puppies? deSantis did seem to back the wrong horse, though.

  • Joe Corsin

    January 28, 2023 at 1:42 pm

    The Lincoln Project is good. Watch them every day. That’s where I get all my news.

  • Mac Wiseman

    January 29, 2023 at 7:40 pm

    The L P is a bunch of nutless RINO’s the vast majority of conservative American Voters do not give a crap what those Democrat appeasers say.

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