This appears to be the strategy.
I don’t think it is a bad strategy in light of what Joe is doing. FOX News is trying to appeal to Trumpists with political correctness/wokeness and immigration and Red Dogs with fiscal conservatism. There is enough there for both of these factions to be pissed off with the Biden administration. As I have pointed out, it was the way Obama pushed comprehensive immigration reform and handled the 2014 migrant crisis that set in motion the whole chain of events that led to Trump in the first place.
The political calculation seems to be that the populists won’t hold it against Republican politicians that they unanimously voted against Joe’s COVID relief package. After all, we are getting the $1,400 and the new child tax credit anyway and populists still have a dim view of the Democrats for a host of cultural reasons. Meanwhile, Joe’s new message that he is going to start taxing and spending like LBJ now and that it is a new era in the Democratic Party is the last thing Red Dogs wanted to hear.
I always thought the Never Trumpers had an irrational view of Trump. He spent four years pushing their agenda: appointing libertarian judges, pushing deregulation and spending his political capital on their unpopular priorities of repealing Obamacare and passing the tax cuts. It was a maddening, vexing, demoralizing and disappointing four years for us. In the end, they still voted against him.
Bill Kristol wants to work with Joe Biden now. Have they given any thought about what that means for them beyond virtue signaling about their distaste for Trump?
Note: I think it is hilarious that Joe is raising their taxes. The Red Dogs jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire.