Mas­tri­ano is a di­sas­ter for Pa. Re­pub­li­cans — but the party de­serves it

Mr. Mastriano’s ploy to run as a mini-Trump has holes: He bars the press coverage Mr. Trump relished, and he has no interest in building a coalition to win, instead apparently believing God will guide him to victory with only the right wing at his side. Mr. Trump, on the other hand, always intuitively understood that building coalitions was the only way to win.

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Mr. Trump could get away with his quips because he had years of experience doing just that in the public eye and he never took himself too seriously. Mr. Mastriano is serious about everything he says and expects everyone to take him seriously.

But the things Mr. Mastriano is serious about — like re-litigating the 2020 election — are wildly out of touch with the things voters are concerned about, like education, inflation, taxes, roads and bridges and economic opportunity. People rarely vote for the past; they are always living and looking in the moment and towards the future…

How Republicans got to this point is shameful, and the rot starts with the consultant class and continues throughout what was once a great state party apparatus. The Pennsylvania Republican Party needs to move its offices out of Harrisburg and into someplace like Bedford or Potter County, where they can really meet and understand who their base is — because it certainly isn’t the people they socialize with at cocktail parties who tell them how smart they are.

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