A month ago yesterday, President trump’s most vociferous Republican critic in the Senate, Bob Corker(R-TN) announced that he would not seek a third term next year.
Then, on Tuesday, Senator Jeff Flake announced that he would retire rather than running for a second term next year because he could no longer be complicit in Trump’s “regular and casual undermining of our democratic norms and ideals.” (Though in action, Flake continues to support the Trump agenda.)
Today, The Atlantic revealed that Senate Pro Tempore Orrin Hatch (R-UT) has told associates that he will be stepping down when his term expires at the end of this year, and has already picked his preferred successor: former presidential candidate and Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.
Unlike Flake and Corker, who are going into early retirement, Hatch is the oldest Republican (84) and longest serving member of the Senate, currently in his 41st year.
While Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) wields the power, as President Pro Tempore, Hatch is the body’s highest ranking member and third in line to the presidency after the Vice President and Speaker of the House.
While everything is on the table in a mid-term of the most inept presidency in history, the open seat in a very conservative state will not be viewed as the same kind of Democratic pick-opportunity as Arizona, which has trended increasingly blue in recent years and which Trump carried by just 3.5% last year.
Still, three prominent retirements in a months from Republicans who have vocally criticized their president is just the latest sign that Trump’s Republican Party is coming apart at the seams.
Perhaps the next Republican, rather than call it quite will actually do something about this reckless president before he takes the country down with the party.
What are your thoughts?