One of the most influential leaders in the House conservative caucus seems to have accepted that President Trump isn’t going to be in the White House come January and has already started plotting a post-Trump future for the GOP.
The strategy being cooked up is one that takes the populist agenda of the president and combines it with traditional conservative thought, forming a hybrid sort of platform he believes has an excellent chance of winning elections on a national scale.
“The Trump agenda was what was popular — not Trump the man,” Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana, incoming chairman of the Republican Study Committee, told the Washington Examiner in an interview. “As it appears more and more likely that Trump will not be in the White House and we will begin the post-Trump era, our party has to begin a conversation of what we look like moving forward. No one is having that conversation. I want to lead it.”
The RSC focuses on writing legislation and, over the years, has been a springboard for prominent Republicans such as Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, a leader of the House Freedom Caucus, and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana. Banks assumes command of the group in January.Trending:
The 41-year-old congressman and military veteran views Trump’s loss to President-elect Joe Biden as a failure of personality, not policy, pointing to Republican gains in Congress as proof the commander in chief’s legislative portfolio resonates. Banks wants to keep what worked, pairing popular elements of Trump populism with a fresh slate of reforms rooted in pre-Trump conservative principles that address healthcare, deficit reduction, and other thorny political issues.
Banks said that he wants to pitch this new course of action for the Republican Party with more of a unifying tone.
“No one in the conservative movement is having the conversation about how we bring Bush compassionate conservatives and marry them with Trump populists — the party of Reagan with the party of Trump,” the congressman said. “How do we fold all that together into a winning party, a winning message, a winning agenda?”
Banks admitted that he doesn’t foresee the future of the Republican Party looking any less like Trump in the future.
“Almost all members of our party in our Republican conference, today, are very loyal to President Trump,” he continued. “We rally around his agenda, his message. I don’t see that changing. I really believe the party is going to look a lot more like Trump for a generation than it’s going to look like George W. Bush … or Reagan.”
“I want the next two years to focus my chairmanship of the Republican Study Committee [on] having this conversation of where the party and where the conservative movement goes from here to rebuild the conservative movement so we can win elections moving forward,” Banks concluded.
At the end of the day, what we really need to focus on is how the president’s agenda really meshed well with the vast majority of the American people.
Folks all across the country seem to largely be in agreement with his platform. It seems what most people had a problem with was some of the president’s behavior. The tweeting and venting, perhaps some of the more childish moments of attack he launched at folks for disagreeing with him.
These, of course, are minor issues, especially when you look at Trump’s very awesome track record, but it still seemed to bother many voters.
What people really want is someone who will definitely speak out and fight on their behalf, who will keep their word and protect their rights, but do so in a specific manner that is less crude for lack of a better term.
Guess we’ll have to wait and see if Banks’ vision for the future comes true, because for now, the election is still up in the air, and we may, if we’re lucky, get Trump for four more years.