On balance, the trend of rising geographic polarization has worked to the advantage of Republicans in both houses of Congress. The Republican Party has captured more seats in culturally conservative red America than it has relinquished in culturally liberal blue America, allowing it to control at least one legislative chamber in all but four years since 1994 after six decades of near-permanent minority status.
Roy Moore hasn’t spent much time lately trying to make friends with his potential Republican colleagues in the Senate. When a series of women publicly accused the 70-year-old Moore last month of predatory sexual behavior and assault when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s, several Senate Republicans rescinded their endorsements. Others urged Moore to end his candidacy — and even suggested that, if elected, he should be expelled from Congress.
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) didn’t waste any time claiming that he was leaving to spend more time with his family, and he didn’t say it was time to pass the torch of leadership to a younger generation of Americans — the usual explanations of electorally vulnerable politicians. He didn’t pretend that his sudden retirement announcement this week was inspired by anything other than a pessimistic assessment of his chances in next year’s Arizona Republican primary.
Conventional wisdom is that any gov't shutdown this week would be due to immigration. But if you think (as I do) that a clean CR that passes the House would not be filibustered by red-state Dem senators, then House GOP divisions over military spending are also part of the story.
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Selecting a term
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