The possibility that Kathy Barnette may win their party’s nomination for the open Senate seat in Pennsylvania has caused a belated “oh s—t” moment among influential Republicans in Washington and among the national party elite.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell would just be dealing with a general election candidate who would be an opposition researcher’s dream in Barnette, who has been rising in the polls ahead of Tuesday’s primary, potentially jeopardising the GOP effort to retake the Senate.
McConnell has been fixated on ensuring the 2022 midterms are not a repeat of the 2012 or 2010 cycles
McConnell has been fixated on ensuring the 2022 midterms are not a repeat of the 2012 or 2010 cycles. The Kentuckian said Republicans missed good chances to win the majority in those years because they nominated candidates who talked about things like “legitimate rape” or had to publicly assure voters they weren’t witches. Barnette’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment right away.
Barnette’s popularity has soared following the release of a powerful video — “There was no other option. It had been a life “— in which she movingly describes how her mother was raped when she was 11 years old, and yet Barnette is a living, breathing byproduct of that heinous crime.
Kathy revealed some Tweets
According to a source close to one of Barnette’s opponents, the video struck a chord with Pennsylvania primary voters and gained traction after the leak of a draught Court Decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade. Barnette is also a Black Republican candidate, which is unusual.
At the same time, a quick look through her Twitter account, @Kathy4Truth, revealed tweets like this one: “Just confronted a Muslim today.” On a list of possible Republican Senate nominees giving GOP leadership heartburn, she joins Missouri Senate candidate Eric Greitens, whose alleged misdeeds are numerous and graphic.
Barnette has been the target of a mad scramble over the last few days. Republican strategists were slow to recognise her political potential. Most people expected Mehmet Oz, a celebrity TV doctor, and David McCormick, a former hedge fund CEO and Army veteran, to face off in Pennsylvania’s Senate race.
Oz slammed McCormick for being soft on China
Oz and McCormick — and their outside operations — have spent millions of dollars saturating Pennsylvania television with vicious commercials. Oz has slammed McCormick for being soft on China, while McCormick has slammed Oz for past comments supporting abortion and gun control.
That two-man ad war has harmed both nominees and provided Barnette with a rare opportunity to sneak up on them, unnoticed. Neither her opponent nor her supporters have spent significant money on television to advertise her history of comments that’d normally disqualify a candidate in an election campaign, let alone a Republican primary.
Barnette has glided through the carnage as Oz and McCormick blitzed each other — and as former Donald Trump endorsed Oz and blasted McCormick. She has almost no money but has gained traction with the Republican base by constantly hyping Trump’s false statements of a rigged 2020 election.
For his “War Room” podcast, which really is popular among the MAGA base, Trump ally Steve Bannon defined Barnette as a “audience favourite.”He praised her for never giving up on decertifying Biden’s 2020 election results and refusing to acknowledge defeat in a House race in 2020.
What are the possible things that could happen in the nomination?
The worst-case scenario is that she proves to be the liability that many fear and gives the Democrats a competitive seat. On the other hand, the best-case scenario is that she is elected and becomes a thorn in the Senate leadership’s side. She’s already expressed reservations about supporting McConnell as a Republican leader.
This could put her in line with candidates like Greitens, who has stated that he will not support McConnell. Despite potentially disastrous general-election baggage, the Greitens campaign claims that internal polling shows him leading his primary. The next step could be for prominent Republicans to try to stifle Barnette’s momentum. Ric Grenell, a Trump supporter who also endorsed Oz, has already been spreading a video of Barnette’s previous comments about “white racism”.
“There’s a lot about her that voters are unaware of” -Pat Toomey
Breitbart and the Washington Examiner have published negative articles about Barnette, which GOP operatives have circulated. Pat Toomey, the Republican senator from Pennsylvania who is stepping down, said “There’s a lot about her that voters are unaware of” One Republican operative working for a rival campaign contacted Axios on Wednesday to express concern about Barnette’s remarks about systemic racism in the United States and the nation’s complicated background of race prejudice and slavery.
The strategy, according to the operative, is to hurt Barnette among the Republican voter base who are thought to be hostile to supposedly progressive views on racial issues. The person also mentioned an internet petition Barnette started to honour Barack Obama and his family with a statue in Washington, D.C. Regardless, it’s far too late in the season for Republicans to destroy Barnette. Some heavy hitters appear to be on the sidelines as well.
The McConnell-allied Senate Leadership Fund, which has a large bank account and the potential to influence GOP races, has no plans to participate in the Pennsylvania primary, according to a source with actual knowledge of the group’s plans. When asked if the institution is putting its thumb on the level in the Pennsylvania Senate race, Senate Minority Whip John Thune told Axios, “No, we’re not in this case…. We’re heading to let the voters decide what they want “— though he added that he hasn’t been following the race closely.
Barnette has built up impressive momentum in recent weeks
Barnette has built up impressive momentum in recent weeks. She’s surged in the polls from mid-single digits as recently as April to around 20% now. Multiple attendees of a Trump-Oz rally last weekend said they’re backing Barnette. At the same time, a cavalry of sorts is finally coming to Barnette’s aid. The well-funded conservative group, the Club for Growth, shocked Barnette’s competitors when it booked $2 million worth of TV ads on Tuesday in support of her.
The New York Times reported that Club for Growth expenditure is more than 10 times the total Barnette’s campaign itself had spent on TV to date. The powerful anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List, the Republicans’ answer to the pro-choice group Emily’s List and a powerful player in GOP primaries, endorsed Barnette, as well.
Barnette has gained a lot of traction in recent weeks. Her poll numbers have risen from the mid-single digits in April to around 20% now. Several attendees at a Trump-Oz rally last weekend expressed support for Barnette.
At the same time, Barnette is receiving some sort of cavalry support. The Club for Growth, a well-funded conservative organisation, surprised Barnette’s opponents by booking $2 million in TV ads in support of her on Tuesday. According to the New York Times, Club for Growth has spent more than ten times what Barnette’s campaign has spent on television to date. Susan B. Anthony List is a powerful anti-abortion organisation that serves as the Republican counterpart to Emily’s List in GOP primaries endorsed Barnette.
About Mitch McConnell
Addison Mitchell McConnell III is an American politician and retired attorney who has served as the Senate minority leader since 2021 and as the senior US senator from Kentucky since 1985. He previously worked as Senate majority leader from 2015 to 2021 and as minority leader from 2007 to 2015. He is a Republican.
McConnell was elected to the United States Legislature in 1984 and is also the 2nd Kentuckian to represent as the Senate’s majority leader. He served as head of the National Republican Senatorial Advisory board in the election cycles of 1998 and 2000. In the 108th Congress, he was appointed Majority Whip and re-elected in 2004. He was voted Senate minority leader in November 2006.
About Kathy Barnette
Kathy Barnette is a popular television and radio personality in the United States. She has grown into a seasoned speaker, former adjunct professor, and conservative political commentator. She has started working as a writer, political commentator, and Fox News veteran, as well as being a candidate for Pennsylvania’s 4th congressional district. But besides this, she is a pundit and author who has served in the Pennsylvania Senate as a social conservative with the slogan “America First.”
She is a Republican who is seriously considering running for office in the coming up primary elections on May 17th. Kathy is running for the Senate for the first time, after running unsuccessfully for the US House of Representatives in 2020. According to a recent poll, she will run in the primary elections on May 17, 2022, as the third candidate in the top tier, alongside other personalities David McCormick and Mehmet Oz, who also are currently bombarding the public with advertisements in an attempt to attract or win the trust of ordinary people.