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Jonathan Bernstein

Joe Manchin Charted a Better Course for House GOP

The party would benefit more from seeking bipartisan agreements than from allowing extremists like Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene to wield influence.

Working with the wrong crowd.

Working with the wrong crowd.

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There are roughly two dozen House Republicans who, based on the midterm results or their districts’ makeup, are likely to face difficult re-election battles in 2024. While these Republicans typically get far less attention than the party’s anti-democratic extremists — those who praise autocrats like Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and spread former President Donald Trump’s false claims about the 2020 election — they potentially have far more leverage. 

That’s because moderate Republicans could undermine the GOP’s slim House majority by reaching across the aisle to work with Democrats. Extremists, for all their bluster, have no such option.