Since the disappointing election returns for Republicans in November, there have been intraparty debates between the established leaders and those who are looking for a more conservative approach. For example, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) have been calling for change within the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives, and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is questioning the lack of Republican Party leadership in the upper chamber.
We have a historically unpopular Dem President,record inflation,a violent crime wave & total chaos at the border & not only did we fail to win a majority, we lost a seat
And the Senate GOP response is going to be to make no changes?
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) December 7, 2022
“We have a historically unpopular Dem President, record inflation, a violent crime wave & total chaos at the border & not only did we fail to win a majority, we lost a seat. And the Senate GOP response is going to be to make no changes?” tweeted Sen. Rubio.
In mid-November, Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) gave longtime Republican Senatorial leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) a challenge for his title as the minority leader. McConnell was able to fend off the challenge.
When Scott announced his attempt to challenge the Kentucky Senator, he stated that “The status quo is broken and big change is needed," and that "it’s time for new leadership in the Senate that unites Republicans to advance a bold conservative agenda. That’s why I’m running to be the Senate Republican Leader."
There are differing opinions concerning the results of the November midterms. Was it a total Republican failure? Was it their inability to escape former President Trump’s (R) shadow? Was it an ineffective direction of spending? The jury is still out.
However, the unhappiness within the GOP in both chambers is certainly real and relevant. Although they took back the House, there wasn’t a massive red wave. And not to mention, there was actually a loss in the Senate with Herschel Walker failing to flip the seat in Georgia.