Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-MI) has officially thrown in the towel because he can’t handle Donald Trump’s divisive, to put it mildly, tactics. He became alarmed at the time of Trump’s “Send Her Back!” nonsense and then decided to retire after he implored Mike Pence and his chief of staff Marc Short to get him an audience with Trump, so that he could explain his views. Needless to say, Pence and Short did nothing. They’re in the sycophancy business, not the bridge building. Washington Post:
The vast turnover is a reminder of just how much Trump has remade the GOP — and of the purge of those who dare to oppose him. Former congressman Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) lost his June 2018 primary after challenging Trump; he’s now a Republican presidential candidate. Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.), the only Republican to accuse Trump of impeachable acts, quit the GOP in July citing the “partisan death spiral.” His political future is uncertain. […]
“Did any member of this conference expect that their job would start out every morning trying to go through the list of what’s happening in tweets of the day?” Mitchell asked, referring to Trump’s Twitter habits. “We’re not moving forward right now. We are simply thrashing around.”
Governance by tweet is certainly not the way to go. We’ve been saying that since the fall of 2016, when it became apparent that the Great Tweeter, launching his tirade of policy and piffle daily into the ethernet, was the new normal. Mitchell actually sounds rational and it’s a shame that this kind of Republican is resigning, leaving us the Marco Rubios, Kevin McCarthys, Mike Pences and the lot of them. Trump is absolutely changing the face of the GOP for the worse. After the loss of the 2012 election, the GOP made a concerted effort to elect minorities and women. Trump has blasted all of that away.
Rep. Mitchell started contemplating resignation at the right time, and for the right reasons.
He makes a valid point. This particular congress will probably go down in history as one of the least effectual, not because of any particular lack of purpose or direction on the part of the two parties, so much as because the job of lawmaker has devolved into reacting to Donald Trump — either fighting his latest onslaught or defending it, to stay in power. That doesn’t leave a whole lot of time to work on legislation. Be that as it may, there is no question in a great many peoples’ minds, certainly the Democrats’, that the order of the day for 2020 is getting rid of Trump and getting the reins of government restored to sane hands. Once that’s achieved, we can go back to business as usual, which is solving the nation’s problems, as Mitchell points out, not to mention retaking a key role in world affairs, if Trump hasn’t already botched that beyond repair.