Thursday, May 18, 2017

Vulnerable Republicans Flee from Trump

According to a new piece in Politico, the rats are starting to flee the hopefully sinking ship that is the Trump/Pence regime.  My one fear is that Pence will not be sufficiently implicated to also be removed from office.  That said, the fact that some Republicans now see Trump as toxic to their political future is a positive.  Of course, they should have known he was unfit for office from the beginning of his campaign and that no one would be able to control his worst character/psychological flaws.  Jeff Greenfield summed it up well:
What last week’s Oval Office love fest with the Russians demonstrated was that the adults are not, in fact, in charge: a 70-year-old man-baby named Donald Trump is. There are just too many ways in which the president—any president, but especially this one—is beyond the restraints of those who serve him..  
No one should be surprised at Trump's behavior.  His entire life and career has demonstrated his moral bankruptcy and self-absorption.  Now the chickens are coming home to roost and those who were power hungry and willing to betray the nation's interest by supporting Trump are worried that their betrayal may have much deserved consequences.  Here are article highlights:
House Republicans facing tough reelection bids are running for cover from Donald Trump — an early sign that they believe the president’s deepening scandals could cost them their seats and even put the House in play.
More than 10 centrist Republicans over the past 48 hours have criticized Trump for reportedly sharing classified information with Russian officials or allegedly trying to quash an FBI investigation. Many joined Democrats in calling for a special prosecutor to take the reins of the Justice Department investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. (The DOJ named a special counsel on Wednesday.) Others want a select congressional committee to be appointed.
One swing-district lawmaker, Rep. Carlos Curbelo of Florida, raised the possibility of impeaching Trump if it turns out to be true that he leaned on FBI Director James Comey to drop an investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. But in case it wasn’t clear how Curbelo felt about the matter, his office called reporters to make sure they emphasized Curbelo was the first Republican lawmaker to utter the “I-word.” The break from Trump among centrist Republicans is especially notable because some of them had stuck by the president through the brutal fight over Obamacare repeal legislation two weeks ago, backing an unpopular bill despite great political risk at home. Case in point: Rep. Steve Knight of California, a top target for Democrats in 2018. Hillary Clinton carried his district by nearly 7 points, and Cook Political Report moved his reelection rating from “lean Republican” to “toss-up” after he voted for the health care bill.
But on Tuesday, after reports that Trump shared classified intelligence with Russia, Knight backed a special prosecutor to take over the ongoing FBI investigation, arguing that “there is so much conflicting information from many sources.”
[T]he most endangered GOP incumbents believe that loyalty to the White House could cost them their jobs.
“Any member of Congress who represents a marginal or swing district better develop their own brand very quickly,” said Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), who leads the moderate Tuesday Group. “It wouldn’t be too hard to figure out what the opposition’s attacks on them will be: They’re going to call everybody a rubber stamp” for Trump.
While polls suggest that Republican voters give Trump the benefit of the doubt when it comes to the Russia investigation, the issue has energized the Democratic base. That’s why moderates from districts with large Democratic or independent populations are most exposed as the scandals unfold.

 Frankly, I hope these spineless Republicans go down with the Trump ship.

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