Juan Williams: GOP infighting is a gift for Democrats

Christmas came early for Democrats last week.

Gift number one arrived from House Republicans.

A GOP congresswoman literally called a fellow Republican member “trash.” The other woman responded via emojis by describing her tormentor as a clown who is full of bat droppings.


Yes, it is low-brow fun for Democrats to watch Rep. Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneGOP efforts to downplay danger of Capitol riot increase The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she's meeting with Trump 'soon' in Florida MORE (R-Ga.) feud with Rep. Nancy MaceNancy MaceHouse Democratic conference postponed due to COVID-19 The Hill's Morning Report - Biden to make voting rights play in Atlanta Mace tests positive for COVID-19 a second time MORE (R-S.C.).

Gift number two was far bigger — as in, more serious.

The conservative majority on the Supreme Court handed the Democrats an energized voting bloc of suburban women in 2022 by setting off what Justice Sonia SotomayorSonia SotomayorThe Supreme Court, vaccination and government by Fox News On the Money — SCOTUS strikes down Biden vax-or-test rules Why California needs a Latino state supreme court justice MORE called a “stench.”

That stink-bomb came from six Republican nominees to the court, including three nominees of former President TrumpDonald TrumpWendy Sherman takes leading role as Biden's 'hard-nosed' Russia negotiator Senate needs to confirm Deborah Lipstadt as antisemitism envoy — Now Former acting Defense secretary under Trump met with Jan. 6 committee: report MORE. During oral arguments, they signaled a readiness to overturn a woman’s right to abortion.

Given that 59 percent of Americans favor the status quo of legal, nationwide abortion according to the Pew Research Center, the victory is primed to blow up in the GOP’s face.

How politically damaging to the GOP will it be for the Supreme Court to issue a party-line vote to cancel abortion rights next year, just as the midterm campaigns are heating up?

A Washington Post-ABC poll recently found “three-quarters of Americans say abortion access should be left to women and their doctors.”

And there is one more gift for Democrats that will keep on giving until Election Day 2022.

Trump is brawling with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell​​Democrats make voting rights push ahead of Senate consideration Hogan won't say if he will file to run for Senate by Feb. 22 deadline Voting rights, Trump's Big Lie, and Republicans' problem with minorities MORE (R-Ky.) over control of the GOP.

There was a peek inside that box of backstabbing last month when Trump attacked McConnell, denigrating him as “you Old Broken Crow.”

Trump also described McConnell’s Senate leadership as riddled with “incompetence” and called him a “fool.” Why?

Trump wants government to be broken, not serving people under President BidenJoe BidenCarville advises Democrats to 'quit being a whiny party' Wendy Sherman takes leading role as Biden's 'hard-nosed' Russia negotiator Sullivan: 'It's too soon to tell' if Texas synagogue hostage situation part of broader extremist threat MORE. So, he is mad that 19 Senate Republicans voted for Biden’s infrastructure bill in August — and that 13 House Republicans did the same thing just last month.

Trump’s name-calling can still fire up right-wing talk radio shows.

But it is a turn-off for mainstream Republicans and swing voters outside the Trump personality cult.

Last month, New Hampshire’s Gov. Chris SununuChris SununuVulnerable Senate Democrats see massive fundraising hauls in last quarter of 2021 Top Republicans pressing Hogan to run for Senate States turning to National Guard for COVID-19 help as omicron surges MORE, the Republican best positioned to challenge Democratic Sen. Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanOvernight Energy & Environment — Lummis holds up Biden EPA picks Dems block Cruz's Nord Stream 2 sanctions bill Biden's FDA nominee advances through key Senate committee MORE, said he is not getting in the race.

The same pattern holds in Vermont, where Gov. Phil Scott, the best GOP candidate in a blue state, shows no interest in running for Senate even though Sen. Pat Leahy (D) is retiring.

And it is also true in Arizona, where Gov. Doug DuceyDoug DuceySome in GOP begin testing party's lockstep loyalty to Trump Trump slams Biden, voices unsubstantiated election fraud claims at first rally of 2022 Trump to make election claims center stage in Arizona MORE, the Republican with the best political record in the state, has ruled himself out of running against Sen. Mark KellyMark KellySome in GOP begin testing party's lockstep loyalty to Trump We are America's independent contractors, and we are terrified Overnight Energy & Environment — Lummis holds up Biden EPA picks MORE (D).

Trump frequently lashes Ducey for saying the state’s 2020 presidential election was fairly won by Biden. Now Ducey has no appetite for facing Trump Republicans in a Senate primary.

In Pennsylvania, the Trump candidate, Sean Parnell, has already imploded. Parnell’s estranged wife testified that he abused her. Now he is out of the race after losing a child custody battle.

In Georgia, Trump’s candidate is former football star Herschel Walker, who is also facing reports of past domestic violence. McConnell recently endorsed Walker. But it was an act of desperation because no better candidate is willing to take on a Trump candidate.

Walker’s lack of political experience and troubled past make him a weak candidate. His only strength is his backing by Trump.

And that’s not all.

In Nevada, Trump’s favored Senate candidate is Adam Laxalt, the former attorney general who later, as state co-chair of the Trump 2020 campaign, sued to reverse Biden’s win in the state. He is running with the support of Trump imitators, including Rep. Lauren BoebertLauren BoebertTop House Democrat pushes for 'isolation boxes' for maskless lawmakers Congress restores strict health protocols during omicron-fueled surge Boebert, Clyde fined for defying House floor mask mandate MORE (R-Colo).

These low-grade Trump candidates are hurting McConnell’s chance to gain Senate seats next year and once again become Majority Leader.


Meanwhile on the state level, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) is not running for reelection. And in Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWineMike DeWineOhio Supreme Court strikes down GOP-drawn congressional map Overnight Defense & National Security — US, Russia have face-to-face sit down States turning to National Guard for COVID-19 help as omicron surges MORE is facing a challenge for his seat from a Trump booster.

Trump’s self-destruction is pulling down anyone in the GOP who refuses to kowtow to him.

The list begins with McConnell, who condemned Trump’s claim of the 2020 election being a “Big Steal.”

That’s why Trump sees advantage in calling for McConnell’s ouster.

"It's not infrastructure and we had 19 Republicans voting for it," Trump said in a recent Fox Business Network interview where he criticized the infrastructure bill. "What a shame. But Mitch McConnell gave [us] this. That guy should resign as the leader."

For his part, McConnell has been strategically restrained. When asked about Trump, he told CNN in October, "I do think we need to be thinking about the future and not the past.”

All that means is that McConnell sees no tactical advantage in taking on Trump at this moment. But if Republicans are looking for someone who can win elections, they know they are better off with McConnell.

Through sheer hardball tactics and devotion to the conservative cause, McConnell stole a Supreme Court seat from President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaNew year brings more liberated Joe Biden  After the loss of three giants of conservation, Biden must pick up the mantle Kyrsten Sinema's courage, Washington hypocrisy and the politics of rage MORE by blocking Merrick GarlandMerrick GarlandFBI arrests Oath Keepers leader on Jan. 6 charges Thousands of federal inmates being released this week under law signed by Trump Dangers of human smuggling and Biden's border policy MORE’s nomination until a Republican — Trump — was in the White House.

Trump, by contrast, lost the House and the Senate, and lost the popular vote in two presidential elections.

This December, trouble with Trump is the ghost of Christmas past, continuing to haunt the GOP.

It is a gift to Democrats.

Juan Williams is an author, and a political analyst for Fox News Channel.