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 KinzingerGOP lawmakers say Trump wrong to criticize Biden in Japan Overnight Defense: Trump officials say efforts to deter Iran are working | Trump taps new Air Force secretary | House panel passes defense bill that limits border wall funds Trump taps new Air Force secretary 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 StefanikOvernight Defense: Pompeo blames Iran for oil tanker attacks | House panel approves 3B defense bill | Trump shares designs for red, white and blue Air Force One House panel approves 3B defense policy bill Youngest black congresswoman says millennial colleagues have 'less fighting over partisan nonsense' 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 TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question 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 CostellloLobbying world Overnight 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 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 StiversRepublican lawmaker on decriminalizing marijuana: 'Cat is already out of the bag on that' The Hill's Morning Report — US strikes approved against Iran pulled back Lawmakers battle over HUD protections for homeless transgender people 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 McCarthyTop Trump ally says potential Amash presidential bid could be problematic in Michigan Ocasio-Cortez on concentration camp remarks: Liz Cheney, GOP 'manipulating pain for political purposes' GOP rep: Trump needs to retaliate against Iran to deter other hostile nations MORE (Calif.) to serve as the minority leader when the Democrats seize control next month. Lawmakers also selected Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScalisePelosi, Democratic leaders seek to quell liberal revolt over border bill Lawmakers warn of 'grave situation' after drone shot down House Democrats close to finalizing border aid bill MORE (R-La.) to serve as minority whip.