Apparently, the reasons for Congressional Republicans dropping out have a lot to do with Donald Trump.
The story of incumbent Republicans dropping out of office rather than seeking reelection can obviously be interpreted as trouble for the GOP.
On the other hand, it may be a good thing. If better Republicans replace the ones that leave office, we might end up far better off. Without taking risks, it is impossible to make progress.
USA Today reports, “House Republicans are retiring in droves. What’s pushing them out?”
A toxic stew of congressional dysfunction, perilous electoral prospects, term limits on committee chairmen, and an increasingly rightward tilting party with a president widely seen as erratic at its helm.
“Washington’s not a very pleasant place for anybody,” said former Rep. Tom Davis, a Virginia Republican who retired in 2008 after 14 years in the House. “The polarization and all the gamesmanship” can be grinding, Davis said, and the rewards aren’t very sweet these days.
“The public hates you,” he said. “It doesn’t mean you don’t get re-elected, but you’re not getting great outcomes.”
Just look at Congress’ legislative plate right now: a spending standoff that threatens a second government shutdown in a matter of weeks, an explosive immigration debate with no clear solution, and a presidential infrastructure proposal that appears dead on arrival.
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