Marie Claire (USA)
GRAND NEW PARTY?
Moderates are appalled—and fleeing—but the Republican base is more besotted with Trump than ever. Six conservative female leaders chart a path forward.
Six conservative women on their hopes for the Republican party’s future.
For many Republican leaders, this moment in history—a pandemic, an economy on life support, a violent insurrection at the Capitol, and a second presidential impeachment—has called into question the values, ideals, and alliances of their party. Some can’t admit political defeat, others can’t stop spewing QAnon conspiracies, and then there are those holding tight to traditional party ideals, like small government and fiscal and social conservatism. With nearly 140,000 Republicans having quit the party this past January alone (in the 25 states with readily available data), it’s clear something must be done.
We asked leading conservative women what to make of the past four years and how to approach the next. One point stood out: It’s time for the good old boys’ club to go. As Rep. Elise Stefanik (NY21), founder of EPAC, which helped fuel a recordbreaking pink wave in November, told us, “Women are very effective legislators and decision makers, and they’re good listeners, which ultimately makes you the most effective public servant. Frankly, that’s how some of our women Republicans won.”
By MEGAN DITROLIO AND MARIA RICAPITO
[Removing Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committee appointments] was a tough vote. I respect her fighting spirit, and I recognize she was elected by her constituents. But words have consequences. This was not a vote against Republican leadership. This was about sending a message that such hateful rhetoric and anti-Semitism have no place in our country.
very hard to get to where they are, and I think they are going to start to be heard, such as Kay Granger and Cathy McMorris Rodgers. These are two strong Republican women who do not think this is a circus and do not want to be on TV saying something outrageous.