The Republican National Committee is moving forward with a new post-election audit to look at the GOP’s underwhelming showing in the most recent midterm elections and the party’s broader struggles in the years since former President Donald Trump took office, ten years after its last election autopsy.
The assessment, which will probably take several months to finish, is anticipated to look into internal complaints about candidate quality, the absence of a straightforward program for government, and the party’s resistance to early voting, among other things.
There is still debate over the precise scope and focus of the impending investigation, but committee members involved in its planning say it won’t avoid uncomfortable subjects like Trump’s obsessive interest in conspiracies.
“We need to figure out what worked and what didn’t work in the ‘22 cycle to make sure we put ourselves in the best position to win in ’24. I think there’s a lot to learn from,” said RNC committeeman Henry Barbour of Mississippi, RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel tapped to co-chair the review.
A Republican Party that has steadfastly opposed all requests to change course during the Trump era is showing rare signs of public reflection by considering such a project.
In fact, despite significant electoral losses in 2018 and 2020, the GOP has been almost exclusively focused on its adherence to Trump and his policies for the last six years.
Some committee members reached a breaking point after the party’s poor midterm results earlier in the month; they are now more receptive to reform.
The RNC has not requested a post-election audit in ten years. In the end, the “Growth and Opportunity Project” of 2013 urged Republicans to take a more friendly and inclusive stance while embracing a more lenient immigration policy.
When he first appeared in 2015, Trump represented everything the study argued against.
However, his unexpected White House triumph persuaded party leaders to disregard their advice temporarily.