Boston Globe: A Georgia primary battle tests the power of Trump

I spoke to Jess Bidgood of the Boston Globe about the early performance of Trump-endorsed midterm candidates and what it says about his enduring power within the GOP.

“The question is, can you recover from anything that is being seen as remotely disloyal?” said Liam Donovan, a Republican lobbyist and former aide to the Senate GOP’s campaign arm. “Any would-be challengers . . . they’re going to feel a lot more comfortable putting the pieces in place with the expectation that, even if Mr. Trump gets mad and fires off some nasty press releases, that’s not going to be a dealbreaker with the voters.”

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CNN: Breyer’s retirement gives Senate Democrats a chance to show their base they can deliver

I spoke to CNN‘s Eric Bradner about the Breyer vacancy and the political opportunity the nomination presents to President Biden and his party.

“It’s a timely morale boost for a White House and a party that desperately needs something to cheer about,” said Republican strategist Liam Donovan. “But who is on the Supreme Court will have far less of an impact on the midterms than how the court stands to rule on key cases during their next term.

“The real potential upside for Democrats, Donovan added, was the opening now for Biden’s overall standing to improve — that if a Supreme Court nomination battle and confirmation can bring those who have wavered on the party back into its fold “and get his (approval) numbers out of the low 40s, that’s a big deal.”

“The flip side of this is that there’s not much value for (Republicans) in dragging this out or getting into a personal or divisive confirmation battle, so it’s in everybody’s interest for things to go relatively smoothly,” he said. 

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Insider: Trump Needs to Accept That He Can’t Beat Mitch McConnell

I spoke to Business Insider‘s Brent Griffiths about former President Trump’s efforts to displace GOP Leader Mitch McConnell.

“[I]t’s all moot when McConnell retains the leader post by acclamation,” GOP strategist Liam Donovan told Insider, pointing out that since 2007 McConnell has never once been contested for his top job since his colleagues unanimously elected him.

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