Democrats’ anti-MAGA strategy worked, says former Bush speechwriter

Former George W. Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen declared on Wednesday that the Democrats’ anti-MAGA strategy worked in the midterm elections, targeting Trump nominees and painting them as extremists, effectively halting a “red wave.”

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Thiessen made his comments during Fox News’ coverage of the midterm election results. He asserted that when House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced his Contract with America, having pro-Trump Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) positioned behind him sent the wrong message and helped tank the GOP’s chances in the midterms.

“That was the image that the Republican Party presented,” he remarked. “The Democrats’ anti-MAGA strategy worked, alright. They went and they spent tens of millions of dollars to nominate MAGA candidates.”

Thiessen then listed a number of conservative candidates who saw their Democratic opponents or PACs, supported by the likes of Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), running advertisements calling them extreme and connecting them to former President Trump.

“[They] bit bought ads to get Don Bolduc elected. He lost in [New Hampshire]. In Michigan, John Gibbs was nominated thanks to the Democratic money over Peter Meijer. who voted to impeach Trump. Gibbs lost,” he pointed out.

“In Pennsylvania. Josh Shapiro spent $840,000 to boost Doug Mastriano [who] lost,” Thiessen stated.

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He also noted that the same thing happened to socially conservative State Del. Dan Cox, the unsuccessful Maryland GOP gubernatorial candidate. Cox was also attacked by outgoing Gov. Larry Hogan, who is Republican. Hogan went after Cox for attempting to get him impeached over COVID lockdown measures and comments he made about Vice President Mike Pence.

Former Bush adviser Karl Rove chimed in, contending that Republicans could still take control of the US House, but if they do it would be by the same narrow margin that Democrats have held.

“Where we are likely to find ourselves in a place where we are governing the House narrowly from the Republican side, just like the Democrats have,” he claimed according to Fox News. “The difference is, is that we’re not going to be out there trying to transform America by passing legislation that can be signed by the president of the United States.”

McCarthy told supporters at a victory party that was held in DC early Wednesday morning that regaining control of the House was because Republicans had a diverse array of candidates on tickets this election.

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“I want to thank the millions of supporters across this country,” he told conservatives. “It is clear we are going to take the House back.”

“If you believe in freedom, hard work and the American Dream these results prove there is a place for you in the Republican Party,” McCarthy said. “We are expanding this party.”

“Now, let me tell you, you’re out late, but when you wake up tomorrow, we will be in the majority and Nancy Pelosi will be in the minority,” McCarthy claimed just after 2 am ET.

Currently, it is still too close to call as Americans await a final determination on who will control the House and Senate after Tuesday’s elections.

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