WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was not a supporter of former President Donald Trump’s quest to overturn the election. But he has declined to weigh in on the party’s ongoing purge of anti-Trump Republicans, because it distracts from the issue he thinks should unite the party: opposing President Joe Biden’s economic agenda.
In fact, these two issues are linked. Part of the story of Republicans’ continued post-2020 drift back into Trump’s orbit is the failure of GOP leaders to keep their party’s focus on budget fights going on in Congress.
As a result, traditional conservative arguments against Biden’s proposals on taxes and spending have so far failed to connect with Trump voters, who polls show are divided over the president’s plans or express no opinion either way.
And there’s little sign of Tea Party-style resistance, as growing evidence suggests that the Reagan-era framework for opposing Biden’s…