Remember how Kristi Noem and Corey Lewandowski were eating pizza together in Boston last August? Ah, good times….
Their pizza date was part of a campaign swing for Massachusetts Republican gubernatorial candidate Geoff Diehl, a Trumpist whom Lewandowski was advising. Diehl got beat by Democrat Maura Healey worse than Jamie Smith got beat by Corey’s pal Kristi in South Dakota. (While Diehl has joined his pal Lewandowski in denying the results of the 2020 election, Diehl conceded to Healey on election night.)
Diehl was supposed to be part of the Republican surge Lewandowski predicted in an October 18 column on the conservative Daily Caller:
Change is in the air, the polling data tells us that, our 401K’s tell us that and our fuel, utility and grocery bills tell us that.
I believe, Republicans will take back the House of Representatives, win 2-3 governorships currently held by Democrats and gain seats in the Senate [Corey Lewandowski, “‘It’s the Economy, Stupid!’—Democrats Are in for a Rough November,” Daily Caller, 2022.10.18].
Republicans did take back the House. However, Republicans flipped only one gubernatorial seat, in Nevada, while Democrats flipped gubernatoriats in Massachusetts and Maryland, where Republicans took Lewandowski’s advice and ran Trumpists to replace moderate Republican governors. And Democrats gained one seat in the Senate and held seats in tough races, again thanks to the GOP taking Lewandowski’s advice and running underqualified Trumpists.
But don’t blame Trump/me, says Lewandowski now. Instead, he says, blame Republicans who didn’t do enough to stifle voting:
…who is to blame for the lackluster Republican performance in the midterm elections? It’s easy, and lazy to blame former President Donald Trump. He’s the media’s easy target. They blame him for endorsing the “wrong” candidates, not spending enough of his money to help get them across the finish line, for not campaigning hard enough, etc., etc., etc.
Truth is, the problem is much bigger and deeper than one person. The Democrats have mastered how to harvest votes during what is now election week, month or in some cases multiple months.
The GOP and its leadership has been slow to react to mail in balloting, the lengthy voting schedule that many states have adopted and continue to think that if they “win” on election day it will be enough to propel them to victory … Those days are over.
What is the Republican National Committee’s plan to start winning again? Where was the Red Wave that they predicted. All I heard about was how many doors they knocked on, how many phone calls they made. I don’t care about those arbitrary numbers; I care about winning [Corey Lewandowski, “Money Isn’t the Only Key to Winning Elections,” Daily Caller, 2022.11.27].
Notice Lewandowski’s pronoun choice in that last paragraph: “Where was the Red Wave that they predicted”—either Corey is now identifying as non-binary, or he’s hoping we’ll forget that he predicted a Red Wave just like most Republicans and many other observers. More importantly, he’s trying to divert attention from his apparent key role in failing to generate that Red Wave. Instead, he’s resorting to the same sort of baseless accusations that the election system is somehow riddled with fraudulent voting.
Lewandowski is really saying that the only way his flawed, failing Republicans can win elections is by making it harder to vote and reducing participation in elections.
Maybe Lewandowski should stop backing flawed candidates and let the Republican Party get back to nominating candidates with skill and character that people will vote for early and on Election Day.