Strategy and craft have dominated the US political landscape over the past few years. So much so, that the depth of character of several Republican senators has been revealed to be decidedly shallow. Now, the chickens have come home to roost. The Trump cheerleaders have had a bucket of cold water thrown over their sleepwalking support of him and now must wake up to the fact that this man is a rotten limb of the GOP that is in dire need of severance for the future of the country, the party and most importantly, the future of their own self serving interests.
In yet another powerful ad, the Lincoln Project pointed out that Trump is now submerged in a loyalty crisis within his own party. Many of these political invertebrates are up for re-election in November, and many of them will try and push their campaign voyage as far away from the Trumpian shores as possible. The cracks are already beginning to appear.
One of the best chances that Democrats have in flipping a seat lies in Colorado, where Trump’s ventriloquist dummy Cory Gardner represents. Gardner is now confronting a crisis and it is very hard for him to stick or twist due to the fact that he is blatantly stuck. Whilst other Republican senators have given themselves a little wriggle room for getting the fake tanned fast-food gorger off their backs, Gardner has put himself so willingly in the clutches of Trump in February at Colorado Springs that any attempt to shift away from him will be regarded as utterly disingenuous. Gardner will quickly find himself in some form of self-fulfilling boomerang prophecy wherein he tries to fling himself away from Trump to find himself back in his master’s clutches in a matter of seconds.
The face of moderate Republicanism is now retreating too. Susan Collins of Maine did not bind herself as closely to Trump as her colleague from Colorado did, but she is still one of the many enablers of the worst President in US history. Collins often portrays the stance of being a conscientious Republican but has often saddled up and ridden to the aide of the Kentucky Turkey, Mitch McConnell. Now she faces the fight of her life against Democrat, Sara Gideon. Gideon is ahead in the polls, ahead in fundraising and most importantly, doesn’t have the baggage of the commander in chief. On the campaign trail Collins has said was not “going to get involved in presidential politics”, but unfortunately for her, she is involved. All of the Trump enablers are involved in the presidential politics that will hold so much sway on November 3rd. Collins knows and has seemingly known for a long time that ties to Trump will be a massive hindrance to her re-election bid.
She is not alone. Republican incumbents are facing Trump’s current tidal wave of unpopularity that will come crashing down on their political careers should they not manage to sufficiently distance themselves from him. The political worms that have crawled into any crevice that keeps their positions of power intact have found themselves exposed with democratic birds circling above. Ripe for the picking.