Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich called on Republican leaders to stop underestimating President Joe Biden, warning failure to do so could cost the GOP more elections.
Reflecting on the disappointing show for Republicans in the midterms on his blog, Gingrich noted that despite Biden’s “terrible mismanagement of the economy”, he had one of the best off-year election results in history.
“Despite terrible problems with the economy, crime, and the border (which led many analysts, me included, to assume the GOP would make big gains in November) Biden and his team executed a strategy of polarizing Americans against Donald Trump supporters. They turned Jan. 6 into a crisis which eclipsed the Left’s previous summer of fire, chaos, and destruction. They also grossly exaggerated the threat to abortion rights. And it all worked,” Gingrich wrote.
If Republicans are going to successfully work through the next two years in Congress – and win the presidency in 2024 – we need to look much more deeply at what worked and what did not work in 2020 and 2022.https://t.co/urQswB0v78
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) December 1, 2022
While Gingrich said that Biden’s policies are weakening America and strengthening her enemies, he argued that focusing on Biden’s failures and weaknesses, like his speaking difficulties, blinds conservatives to how effective Biden has been on his terms. “He has only built upon and fortified the left-wing Big Government Socialist woke culture system,” Gingrich explained.
“Our aversion to him and his policies makes us underestimate him and the Democrats,” he added.
Gingrich seemed to attribute the failure of 2022 to current Republican leadership stating that there is “not nearly enough understanding or acknowledgement” from current GOP leaders that they did fail – something, he warns, creates a bigger challenge to 2024 than he would have thought possible before the midterm elections. (RELATED: Voters Call For New GOP Leadership In Congress After Midterm Election: POLL)
“If Republicans are going to successfully work through the next two years in the Congress – and win the presidency in 2024 – we need to look much more deeply at what worked and what did not work in 2020 and 2022,” he warned. “We need to rethink from the ground up how we are going to Defeat Big Government Socialism – including almost inevitable second-time Democrat Presidential Nominee Biden.”