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SEKA's avatar

Why are so many Republicans dropping out of the 2020 race?

Asked by SEKA (4872points) August 31st, 2019

Are they really ready to retire or is it in protest of the current occupant of the White House?

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elbanditoroso's avatar


They know that having Trump on the ticket means that they are going to have to answer questions like “How can you support that man???” – and they’re not able or willing to answer those questions.

And the republican quitters know that the Democrats are coming at them with all speed and fervor, and they don’t want to have to defend the shit that they have been supporting and voting for for the last couple of decades.

Finally, politics was fun when all the republicans had to do is say “Obama bad”. But now that they have responsibility for governing, it’s a lot like work. And they don’t like being responsible for anything.

Basically, they’re bailing because they have nothing positive to say about their accomplishments, and they’re fricking cowards about standing up for their beliefs.

LadyMarissa's avatar

^ They can’t justify supporting him so they need to bail…Does that mean it is in protest to the occupant of the WH???

Good thing is it’s getting rid of Woodall!!!

mazingerz88's avatar

Many? I don’t think so. There’s not enough dropping out. Shameless Republican politicians who support trump.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

NY Times – August 2, 2019 – Deprived of Power, House Republicans Head for the Exits “Imagine being swept out of power in Congress and relegated to the role of spectator and naysayer as your political opponents dictate the terms of legislative debate. Add in the specter of a painful slog to re-election, sharing the ticket with President Trump and being asked to answer daily for his every tweet and incendiary statement.

“Now picture doing all of that only to risk landing in the minority again, possibly under the other party’s president.

“Such is the plight of House Republicans contemplating whether to seek re-election in 2020, and the bleak outlook is taking its toll. A half-dozen Republican members of Congress have announced over the past two weeks that they will retire rather than face voters again next year, and more are expected to follow in the coming weeks.”

SEKA's avatar

Hell, it felt like a ½ dozen this week alone. It seemed like every time I turned on the news, there was another announcement.

MrGrimm888's avatar

I think.some are simply taking a break, to distance themselves from Trump. They will resurface, whenever Trump is out of the picture. It will probably pull the overall republican party, even further right. At least temporarily.

Darth_Algar's avatar

It’s finally getting John Shimkus out of the picture. Now hopefully Adam Kinzinger will decide to retire next go-around.

SEKA's avatar

Can’t say I’ll cry over any who are choosing to jump ship. I believe they are helping mankind in general!

ucme's avatar

Hiding to nothing being on the losing ticket.

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