Ex-GOP Strategist Nails ‘The Problem’ Keeping House Republicans From Unifying
Stuart Stevens, a former GOP strategist, suggested Republicans can’t get their House in order because they don’t stand for anything.
“I think the problem is you can’t unify a party unless there is a governing philosophy,” Stevens told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Tuesday.
“You can’t stand up in front of your colleagues and say it’s really important that we elect a speaker so that we can get about the business of … helping stabilize the world, taking a role in the world that America normally does,” he said. “They don’t care about any of this. They’re up there saying we need to choose a leader so we can… investigate Hunter Biden’s laptop more thoroughly?”
Stevens, a top strategist to Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) in the 2012 presidential race, said he blames the GOP for its current predicament because many of its members failed to come forward and say “what they really knew in their hearts” about Donald Trump in 2015.
“They made this terrible deal for power,” he said.
Stevens appeared on “Morning Joe” to discuss his upcoming book, “The Conspiracy to End America: Five Ways My Old Party is Driving Our Democracy to Autocracy.”
The House of Representatives is into its fourth week without a speaker after GOP infighting led to the ouster of Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). Republicans have since tried and failed to unify around two different nominees.
They’re back to square one this week to select a new candidate, leaving the chamber in a continued standstill amid an outbreak of war in the Middle East and a looming deadline to pass spending legislation to keep the government open.