Senate Republicans really want Trump to stay away, but won’t say so on the record
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One maybe-2022 senator, Ron Johnson, was willing to put his name on his quote, but he wasn’t going to say any real thing about what he thought of Trump running again. “The 2022 election ought to be about the Biden administration and its rolling disasters so anything that would detract from the public being focused on what Democratic governance is doing to this country would be ill-advised,” Johnson said. He’s not saying an announcement would detract, just that, you know, stuff might.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, however, the longest serving Republican senator at eight terms (and age 88) is happy to embrace Trump as he seeks another six-year term. Grassley announced last month that he’ll be back, and appeared over the weekend at an Iowa rally with the former guy to accept his endorsement. “I was born at night, but not last night,” Grassley said following Trump’s endorsement. “So if I didn’t accept the endorsement of a person that’s got 91% of the Republican voters in Iowa, I wouldn’t be too smart. I’m smart enough to accept that endorsement.” Not exactly an embrace, there.
Only Lindsey Graham—and OF COURSE Lindsey Graham—would full-on embrace Trump. “I’ve been pushing the idea that a Draft Trump movement would be well received,” Graham told The Hill. As if Trump had to be wooed. “I think he was a good president on the things I care about,” he said. “He’s going to have to deal with the problems in 2020 but, yeah, I think he’d be the most viable candidate right now.”
Lord help us all.
Interestingly, another Republican senator who thinks he can be president some day, Tom Cotton, is cautiously trying to send a message that he “in league with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, was maneuvering behind the scenes to derail the outgoing president’s effort to remain in office, and marginalize those Republicans who were abetting him.” That’s what he told David Drucker, reporter for the conservative Washington Examiner, who has a new book out about Trump, like everyone else. They were acting so deeply behind the scenes that you would be forgiven to think that in four years’ time, Cotton and McConnell did not do one damn thing to try to keep Trump from being Trump.
But sure, in 2024 a nation is going to turn its lonely eyes to … Tom Cotton. Yeah, you go with that, guys. He’d have better luck if the majority of his colleagues in the Senate weren’t either too scared of Trump to go on the record suggesting he stay out of their way, or weren’t his faithful lackeys.