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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….

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Republican Senator’s agree Trump’s their guy….

They ain’t happy about….

But talk of dropping Trump at the convention  is just THAT….

TALK….

The Never Trump movement is once again calling for the Republican Party to dump Donald Trump at its convention in Cleveland.

Republican lawmakers say that is ridiculous.

“I think that’s a pipe dream,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) told TPM on Thursday.

Prominent Republicans have been distancing themselves from Trump all week after he suggested that U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel was biased against him in a case involving Trump University because the judge was “Mexican.” The statement forced House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) to call the comment “racist” during his roll out of a GOP poverty plan Tuesday and brought Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) to rescind his support of the Republican nominee.

But, as they have throughout Trump’s rise, Republican senators are beyond skeptical that anything can be done now to stop Trump despite the calls from conservative pundits like Erick Erickson and Hugh Hewitt. After a spring of contested convention chatter that never materialized, most lawmakers–even those at risk of losing their re-elections because of Trump– have finally accepted their 2016 election fate……

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GOP Tea Party guy Sen Mike Lee of Utah could be in trouble back home….

Lee had been hanging out with Senator Ted Cruz, The Republican Tea Party Conservative from Texas…..

That seems to have NOT made people back home in Utah happy….

Republicans ESTABLISHMENT business people in Utah seem to searching around the state for a LESS Conservative candidate to primary Lee, which could of course open the door for Democrat to run against a bruised Republican in 2016….

Republicans will have twice the amount US Senate seats to defend two years from now and GOP infighting will only help Democrats…

Tea party favorite Mike Lee roiled the GOP establishment four years ago when he knocked off a sitting senator on his way to the Republican Senate nomination in Utah.
Now, the establishment might strike back.

As the 43-year-old Lee plots his 2016 reelection bid, he is courting business leaders under the radar, hoping to head off a primary challenge backed by business leaders and other establishment figures in his home state, like billionaire Jon Huntsman Sr., an influential bank CEO and a former Utah GOP party chairman.

Some powerful establishment Republicans in Utah are tired of Lee’s hard-line positions. He stood with Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas last year when the federal government closed and again this month when they tried to take on President Barack Obama on immigration but ended up giving Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada leverage to confirm controversial nominations.

So as Lee fights to make sure he doesn’t become the first tea party senator ousted by the party establishment, he’s effectively turned the Republican intraparty war that has defined Senate primary politics for the past four years on its head.

“I think I’m going to be OK,” Lee said when asked about lingering concerns about his performance in Congress in corners of Utah’s business world.
Lee has made significant headway in some Utah establishment quarters — but threats are lingering.

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