In two of the races for essentially the most aggressive Democratic-held Senate seats, Arizona and Georgia, in addition to a contest for the seat Republicans might have essentially the most problem holding, Pennsylvania, Republicans are nervous about Mr. Trump’s potential to rally help behind a candidate who can’t win the overall election.
The concern for some within the celebration is that 2022 echoes 2010, when Republicans took again the House however fell quick within the Senate as a result of that they had elevated candidates who couldn’t prevail in November.
For many Republicans, although, what’s extra alarming concerning the Cheney-Trump feud are the implications for the celebration’s long-term well being.
Whether Ms. Cheney seeks to battle again electorally — maybe in a symbolic long-shot White House bid in 2024 — she’s plainly comfy with political martyrdom.
In reality, after largely voting with Mr. Trump during the last 4 years and attempting to remain out of his line of hearth, she appears to welcome his hatred and the chance it affords to alter, or no less than disgrace, the celebration.
“If you want leaders who will enable and spread his destructive lies, I’m not your person; you have plenty of others to choose from,” she instructed her colleagues through the caucus assembly, in keeping with a Republican within the room. “But I promise you this: After today, I will be leading the fight to restore our party and our nation to conservative principles, to defeating socialism, to defending our republic, to making the G.O.P. worthy again of being the party of Lincoln.”
Mr. Trump’s most distinguished defenders weren’t precisely nervous.
“She can run against the president, anyone can try to run against the president, but there’s no way he’s losing,” Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio stated after the assembly. “He’s going to win the Republican primary and he’s going to be president if he decides to run.”