Congressional Republicans bail…..

‘Ain’t fun to be a Republican these days?’

A small wave of Republican lawmakers have announced that they will not seek reelection next year, and more are actively considering it, threatening to make what many within the GOP already viewed as a difficult election cycle even harder.

In the House, the early spate of GOP retirements means the party won’t enjoy the advantage of incumbency in several closely divided districts — and raises the possibility that many more lawmakers will choose to retire rather than face tough reelection campaigns.

No Republican senators have announced retirement plans yet, but several are considering it amid threats by outside groups backing President Trump to challenge establishment-wing senators in next year’s GOP primaries.

The trend reflects an increasingly competitive landscape next year, fueled in part by a highly motivated Democratic Party eager to reclaim at least one lever of power in Washington. It also comes at a time of legislative gridlock and an increasingly contentious relationship with Trump. Despite the party’s control of government, it just isn’t that fun to be a Republican right now….


91 thoughts on “Congressional Republicans bail…..”

  1. Their pictures were certainly decorative…

    (place could use a little brightening up every now and then with a light, delicate, feminine touch, after all those stag evenings of wheeling, dealing and hard political bargains in the smoke-filled, whiskey-drenched, rooms)

  2. How many of them were also secret agents of the FSB or GRU, surreptitiously trying to influence or compromise the organizers or participants of social media ?

    Well the Ukraine girls really knock me out
    They leave the west behind
    And Moscow girls make me sing and shout
    That Georgia’s always on my my my my my my my my my mind

  3. There are multiple reasons why the government should invest in education: 1) More educated workforce mean more intelligent voters, 2) Generally speaking, a more educated workforce means that these workers will get better jobs and (assuming the GOP is not in charge), higher wage people bring in more taxes, 3) College tuition has grown at a much faster rate than inflation, and some people can’t afford it. Upward mobility is much more difficult than it once was, and this helps level the playing field.

    1. I agree but there is now a strong drive to computerize the classrooms thus providing more money to software companies then student services….

      And ya Z….

      College cost’s are prohibitive and getting worst….

      The best part?

      After you get out of school and are STILL paying your student loans?
      The damn college want’s you to DONATE to them????

  4. It’s funny how CG brushed off Jack when he brought up Trump’s very Republican call for tax cuts in the wake of the hurricanes. Then 10 minutes later proposed the exact same thing for businesses.

    Look we saw how this went down after Katrina. Millionaires and billionaires line up for the cuts if they own or operate any properties in the region affected.

    And you can bet that Trump Inc will be one of them. If this happens I imagibe CG will be opposed on a personal level but still support the whole framework that allows it to happen.

    1. One might assume that any damage done to his (President) properties that would have security concernes would be rebuilt by us taxpayers money?

  5. I think that it is rather strange to assume that poor people are automatically poorly educated and cannot go to college, and much of the working poor simply don’t pay income tax (although as we were told about poor Paris Hilton) they do pay sales tax on some purchases.

    Zreebs makes a good point, the tuition proposals were aimed at public schools. Something I support, although I did earn most of my tuition over the summers working at our local steel mill (long gone now) and I even joined the steelworkers – and I always felt that it was important to actually “own” my degree (although things are a lot more expensive today). I would venture to guess that most of us here had parents that were only too happy to help us through our college years. Of course today parents help with much more than that, even buying their children their first home (something I would have never agreed to even though they offered).

    I do think that it might be possible to pass some sort of “watered down” tuition bill here in DC in the next Congress, but single payer is way off I think. Not sure how that will be paid for.

    I need to get going. I have an all-day deposition today and I need to focus on things that happened years ago (lots of catch-up reading to do). It should be obvious, but my Hill friends are certain that lots of retirements are on the way (mostly Republican). I need to check-in on what is happening in Virginia.

    Have a good day everyone!

  6. I’m old enough to remember when there was no tuition, only fees, at public colleges and universities, even at the “public Ivies” like Berkeley and UCLA.

    There’s a left-wing argument against free tuition: that it’s a middle-class perk — not available to the more poorly-educated lower classes whose wages subsidize the free tuition — which increases income, wealth and status, and thus inequality; however, social-democratic Sweden gets around this by charging it back as a percentage of lifetime income.

  7. Regarding Corey’s 4:31, it might be nice to be factually correct. First, it is not “anywhere”. It is only at public schools. And there are strings attached – the family must be working.

    This bill won’t pass, but a watered – down version might and that would be a good thing.

  8. Tax cuts for millionaires and big corporations .

    You know…the things you love.

    And you know that your party will continue to pursue that.p whether you want to admit it t of not.

    It’s who you are,

    It is why your party exists.

  9. No, nothing new at all. Democrats like to raise taxes. Republicans like to cut taxes. It’s been a debate for a long time. Has nothing to do with Trump.


  10. Trump is a pos and a con man but cutting taxes is the Republican answer to everything. And has been long before Trump joined the party. His proposal is nothing new.

  11. There are far more non-hurricane victims than hurricane victims. We should cut taxes for everyone, especially the middle class. Perhaps there can be things done such as tax breaks for businesses that need to rebuild, after being damaged, etc.

    But Trump trying to tie it together is just an example of him being a con-man. Is that really news to you?

    He is the same POS who called into a tv station on 9/11 as the towers were crumbling to brag that he now had the tallest building in NY.

  12. Well playing your little game I can just say that’s not Trump’s proposal.
    It’s cut taxes now-mostly for the rich–as a way to somehow help hurricane victims. No strings attached.

  13. The party is going to adapt a free college for all plank. I think you folks realize that now whether you want to admit it or not. It will be very popular with young voters, whom you guys need to turn out in high numbers.

    Free college, no student loans, no debt, what’s not to love?

    1. No CG
      The party isn’t gonna Front any such thing
      As I point out for NYS
      There MUST BE strings attached…
      And Cuomo found the money with out raising taxes
      And it isn’t a straight out give away….

  14. Although I don’t support that particular proposal,helping kids with their college tuition is a much more worthy goal than worrying about how much taxes millionaires and corporations pay .

  15. I don’t think one thing has anything to do with the other.

    Let’s help the people affected by the hurricanes right away and then do what we can to improve the economy in general.

  16. That’s not the proposal.

    Free college tuition for everyone, anywhere, no strings attached. That’s what Bernie ran on and that’s what the Democrats will be adopting moving forward. It’s what a “compassionate society” does.

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