The Republican Party is sinking faster than stock in a Trump Atlantic City casino. Americans are rejecting the president’s regressive ideologies and even former supporters are starting to come to grips with how uniquely unqualified our reality television president is to hold office.
The wave of Democratic victories in elections across the country this week proved that the GOP is in serious trouble. Americans are tired of watching their country be driven headlong towards a cliff, they’re angry, and they’re voting.
Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) announced that he will not be seeking reelection, reports The Hill. He is just the latest Republican in Congress to voice his intent to retire, following on the heels of the prominent cases of Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ), as well as eleven others.
Goodlatte, who is 65, is reaching the end of his third term as Committee Chairman, which is the limit under Republican Party rules. The representative paints the chairman term-limit as his reason for retiring, but one look at the current state of his party lends some doubt to that claim.
In Virginia, Goodlatte’s home state, a wave of Democratic elections just placed Democrat Ralph Northam in the Governor’s Mansion. It’s not a good time to be a Republican in Congress. Goodlatte took to Twitter to explain and release a statement:
It's my honor to represent #VA06. I cannot begin to express how blessed I am to have had the opportunity to serve. Now is the right time to step aside – I will not seek re-election. My statement: https://t.co/tByoe5vFmO
— Bob Goodlatte (@RepGoodlatte) November 9, 2017
Now that Goodlatte is leaving, it’ll be interesting to see who the GOP proposes as his successor. The party logic is currently split after the drubbing they endured at the polls this week.
Some hold that they need to embrace Trump even more and hue closer to his toxic culture war talking points in order to energize his base. Still others see the recent defeats as a referendum on the president, and think the best way forward is to pursue more moderate rhetoric and policies.
At this point though, it seems possible that Americans have no interest in either. They’re starting to wake up to the fact that the only way to save the country from economic, social, and perhaps even nuclear disaster is to elect Democrats.
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