In what’s beginning to look like a mass exodus from Congress, Republicans are choosing not to seek reelection in record numbers this cycle. I’ve been wracking my brain trying to figure out what could possibly convince so many long-time members of the GOP to go back to their quiet lives and leave their powerful positions in Washington, D.C.
What could be different now?
Oh, right. Donald Trump.
The latest GOP superstar to jump ship is infamous California Republican Darrell Issa, who made his name as one of the wealthiest members of Congress, and also one of the best at obstructing progress, both in his home state and at the federal level.
At the height of Issa’s power he was the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, a position that gave him the opportunity to, according to House rules, “at any time conduct investigations on any matter.”
To me, it’s amazing that a man who was arrested once for a concealed weapons charge, once for stealing a car, and was accused by his business partners of arson could make it to such a position in the Republican Party — the party of family values and of law and order.
Now, Issa says after what he calls a successful 18 years in Congress, it’s time for him to go. Maybe the investigations he was so fond of during the Obama administration are turning against the wrong people now, and Issa doesn’t want to be around long enough to get dragged down in the eventuality of dirt-digging. If his civilian life was so troubling, despite being a soldier, an IT guru, and by all accounts a brilliant entrepreneur… Just imagine the mischief he could have gotten up to in his office in the nation’s capital.
The biggest issue I have with all of these Republicans retiring — and believe me, I don’t mind if they go — is that it’s such a shame that they see their only two options as either doubling down on their support of a sinking, criminal president, or leaving Congress altogether.
What happened to the backbones of conservatives?
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