GOP lawmakers say party isn't trying to learn from midterm losses

A group of GOP lawmakers is voicing concerns that the Republican Party isn't confronting its losses in the November midterms and is not taking steps to learn from what led to Democrats flipping at least 40 seats in the House.

“[There has not been] any party lookback or leadership lookback and it does worry some of us," Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerTensions between the United States and Russia over Venezuela increase Booker, Gabbard to make appearances with Colbert The Hill's 12:30 Report: Cohen back on the hot seat MORE (R-Ill.) told The New York Times in a report published Sunday. 


Kinzinger's comments have been echoed by other GOP lawmakers, including Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikDem gun efforts run into Senate GOP bulwark Overnight Health Care: Lawmakers get deal to advance long-stalled drug pricing bill | House votes to condemn Trump's anti-ObamaCare push | Eight House Republicans join with Dems | Trump officials approve Medicaid expansion in Maine The 8 Republicans who voted against Trump's anti-ObamaCare push MORE (R-N.Y.).

Stefanik said that “there has been close to no introspection in the GOP conference and really no coming to grips with the shifting demographics that get to why we lost those seats."

“I’m very frustrated and I know other members are frustrated," she said, adding that she's planning to alter her political action committee in an effort to help women win GOP primaries in 2020. 

Seizing on opposition to President TrumpDonald John TrumpImpeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent Feds say marijuana ties could prevent immigrants from getting US citizenship Trump approval drops to 2019 low after Mueller report's release: poll MORE, Democrats surged to the majority in the House during this year's midterms, flipping at least 40 seats in the lower chamber. 

“It’s clear to me why we lost 40 seats; it was a referendum on the president, but that’s an extremely difficult proclamation for people to make because if they were to say that they’d get the wrath of the president," outgoing Rep. Ryan CostelloRyan Anthony CostellloOvernight Energy: Park Service closing Joshua Tree after shutdown damage | Dems deliver trash from parks to White House | Dems offer bills to block offshore drilling | Oil lobby worries about Trump trade fight Ex-GOP Rep. Ryan Costello joins group pushing carbon tax Exiting lawmakers jockey for K Street perch MORE (R-Pa.), a frequent Trump critic who announced his retirement earlier this year, told the Times. 

The Democratic Party gained its most seats in the House since 1974 in the election, according to the Times.

The losses have concerned some about the leadership of the party. House officials indicated to the newspaper that they would try to put together an after-action report related to the midterms. 

However, it is unclear how comprehensive the report would be. In addition, many leaders in of the Republican Party have declined to open up about the party's losses in the House and why their races may have played out the way they did.

The Times notes that Rep. Steve StiversSteven (Steve) Ernst StiversMarijuana banking bill picks up momentum The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems plot next steps over Mueller report The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems aim to end anti-Semitism controversy with vote today MORE (R-Ohio) said he did not want to play the "blame game" when asked about certain suburban incumbents losing races. 

Since the midterms, Republicans have chosen Rep. Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyWatchdog: Custodial staff alleged sexual harassment in lawmakers' offices John Legend, Chrissy Teigen lash out at Trump at Dem retreat Republicans call for ex-Trump lawyer Cohen to be referred to DOJ MORE (Calif.) to serve as the minority leader when the Democrats seize control next month. Lawmakers also selected Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph Scalise20 years after Columbine, Dems bullish on gun reform GOP to launch discharge petition on anti-BDS measure This week: Democrats revive net neutrality fight MORE (R-La.) to serve as minority whip.