Mark Meckler, President of Citizens for Self Governance, appeared on Fox and Friends this morning to tout the inevitability of “punishment primaries” against Washington Republicans for failing to repeal the Affordable Care Act. With conservative groups losing faith in Speaker Ryan and increasingly expressing “outrage” at the incompetence of the House Republican majority, things could get ugly in Republican primaries this cycle.
“Swing voters are strongly rejecting House Republicans’ heartless agenda while the conservative base and their big money outside groups are fuming over the Speaker Ryan’s humiliating failure to deliver them a single legislative achievement during his tenure as Speaker,” said DCCC Spokesman Tyler Law. “The cliché ‘stuck between a rock and a hard place’ has never been more appropriate as House Republicans struggle to hang onto their majority.”
Ainsley Earhardt: Should the folks that are our leaders in Washington, that are Republicans, that couldn’t get repeal and replace at least so far done, should they be worried about reelection, including Mitch McConnell?
Mark Meckler: Well I think they should be certainly worried about primaries. And this is something I’m hearing among the grassroots base and organizations across the country. The idea of what they call ‘punishment primaries’ – that all of these folks that failed to repeal Obamacare, certainly anybody that votes for extra funding for these insurance companies should face primaries. Whether they have a chance of winning or not, these folks need to feel the pain of primaries, the outrage is palatable, and something needs to be done about it.