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Did Rick Scott Just Cost Republicans The Midterm Election?

On Tuesday, Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL), who serves as chairman of National Republican Senatorial Committee, which is tasked with retaking the U.S. Senate from Democratic control in the 2022 midterm elections, issued what he dubbed his “Plan to Rescue America,” and it contains incredibly controversial proposals such as forcing schoolchildren to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and imposing taxes on anyone who doesn’t currently pay income tax because they fall below the poverty line.

The 31-page plan was released through Scott’s campaign account and includes a provision that would provide funding for Donald Trump’s border wall, along with naming it after the failed, one-term former president once it has been completed.

The Scott agenda also features a bogus allegation that Democrats are trying to “rig” elections:

“Today’s Democrat [sic] Party is trying to rig elections and pack the courts because they have given up on Democracy. They don’t believe they can win based on their ideas, so they want to game the system and legalize voter fraud to stay in power.

“In true Orwellian fashion, Democrats refer to their election rigging plans as ‘voting rights.’ We won’t allow the radical left to destroy our democracy by institutionalizing dishonesty and fraud.”

Scott’s fellow Republicans, however, are said to be livid by his plan and are warning that it’s so controversial and divisive it’s likely to cost them a chance to retake control of Congress come November.

One GOP consultant told Politico’s Alex Isenstadt that Scott’s plan is an “unforced error” that’s “given Democrats the first thing they can attack in six months.”

Another Republican operative noted, “This is what happens when Rick Scott’s presidential ambitions run headlong into Mitch McConnell’s goal of taking back the Senate majority.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has made it clear for months now that he doesn’t plan to lay out any concrete agenda should the GOP retake Congress in the fall, deciding the election should instead be a referendum on President Joe Biden and Democrats.

Now, however, it appears the election could well be a referendum on Republican cruelty and their utter tone deafness.


By Andrew Bradford

Proud progressive journalist and political adviser living behind enemy lines in Red America.

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