Fox News host Tucker Carlson criticized the leaders of the Republicans in the House and Senate on Wednesday.
“The people whose job was to win and did not win should go do something else now, we’re speaking specifically of the Republican leadership of the House and the Senate and of the RNC,” Carlson said. “It’s nothing personal, no doubt some of them are nice people, but they took hundreds of millions of dollars to paint the map red and they didn’t. Doesn’t mean they’re evil, doesn’t mean they should be jailed. It does mean they shouldn’t be promoted. No one should ever be rewarded for failure. If there’s a truly conservative principle in life, it’s the principle of meritocracy. You reward excellence, you do not reward mediocrity.”
Promoting them would “reward mediocrity” after such ambiguous election results, he said.
“The plan was really simple. It seemed easy a week ago: An unpopular president, a faltering economy, an open border, the looming risk of nuclear war. How about that?” Carlson said. “Put all those together, how could there not be a massive Republican win nationally? Wins everywhere! Well, there weren’t. Some exceptions, but overall there weren’t. Joe Biden was not punished. In fact, he’s out there bragging about himself today. Pretty frustrating. You want Republicans to win, not simply because they’re so great, but because Democrats are so very bad, and that is not an overstatement.”
Carlson went on to say that those whose job it was to win those races should go do something else now.
“It’s nothing personal. Some of them are no-doubt nice people, but they took hundreds of millions of dollars to paint the map red and they didn’t,” he said of Republican leadership.
Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Senate Leadership Fund was the highest in “issue group spending” in Senate races, with a total of $205 million pooled across nine Senate races. The Republican group led by McConnell has focused its efforts in Georgia, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina; each of those states have recorded over $30 million in spending from SLF, according to the site, AdImpact.com.
McConnell’s spend in Alaska to prop up Sen. Lisa Murkowski was ultimately nearly $7 million.
“The next highest spending issue group in Senate races is the Democratic counterpart to SLF, Senate Majority PAC with $176M across seven different Senate races. Senate Majority PAC was consistently outspending Senate Leadership Fund until September, but SLF has since placed over $202M between September and November,” AdImpact writes.
Meanwhile, the Congressional Leadership Fund, under the control of Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy, spent at least $200 million on the midterm elections, but avoided getting involved in the Alaska race to replace the late Congressman Don Young.