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Next week, the House GOP is slated to replace Rep. Liz Cheney as the third-ranking House Republican with the more moderate but Trump-loyal Rep. Elise Stefanik, as the Republican Conference engages in an internecine fight over the future direction of the Party. Though House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has insisted that his frustrations with Cheney have more to do with messaging than with Trump, the inability of the House GOP to decide on a message for the future, let alone lay down an optimistic vision for 2022 and beyond, suggests otherwise. Cheney has refused to pander to former President Trump and has pushed back against disgraceful falsehoods about the 2020 election, and removing her from her position for not speaking the truth reflects cowardice on the part of House Republicans, writes Peggy Noonan in her Wall Street Journal column. Leaders should not have to lie about the 2020 election to keep their job in the House GOP, and a cult-like loyalty to the former President will not bode well for the GOP’s otherwise bright prospects at taking back the House in 2022, writes the editorial board of the Journal.
Meanwhile, the April jobs report was a disappointment for President Biden, as it fell nearly 800,000 jobs short of expectations. One would think that the White House would reassess its economic strategy after a poor jobs report, but Biden chose to double down instead, calling for more big government spending. While congressional progressives see this as the perfect opportunity to push ahead with their pet projects, the jobs report offers a stark warning to Biden’s spending spree, which Charles C.W. Cooke explains at National Review.
George Will, one of America’s greatest conservative intellectuals, turned 80 years old earlier this week. In a characteristically humorous yet pensive column for the Washington Post, Will reflects upon lessons learned from his time in politics and journalism.
Across the pond, the United Kingdom held a host of local elections. If one were to think of these as the British equivalent to America’s midterm elections, then the opposition—in this case the Labour Party—would be expected to do well. Yet, thanks to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s personal popularity aided with a successful vaccine rollout in the UK, the Conservative Party did exceedingly well in the local elections, while also winning a parliamentary by-election in the northern constituency of Hartlepool, which, until now, had voted Labour in every election since its inception. In a long essay for UnHerd, Paul Embery traces the plight of the Labour Party, which goes well beyond Brexit. But things took a more interesting turn up north in Scotland, where the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) came strikingly close to an outright majority in the Scottish Parliament, setting up a showdown over a new referendum on Scottish independence. As the pro-Union parties won a larger share of the vote overall and thwarted a clear majority of the SNP, the editorial board of the Telegraph notes that there is no mandate for another independence referendum. However, this argument over a mandate will not be settled anytime soon, explains Alex Massie in the Spectator.
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