Republicans confront bitter divide; no clear path forward

January 29, 2023

DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) — Ronna McDaniel has become the longest serving leader of the Republican National Committee since the Civil War. On one side: a growing number of elected officials eager to move beyond the divisive politics and personality of former President Donald Trump despite having no clear alternative. ADVERTISEMENTMcDaniel has repeatedly highlighted the perils of GOP infighting as she campaigned for an unprecedented fourth term as RNC chair. Sensing political weakness in the former president, as many as a dozen high-profile Republicans are expected to line up against him in the coming months. “We want to win elections and we’re not winning elections.”Indeed, Republicans may need a successful national election to come together again.