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Old January 2nd, 2018, 10:39 AM   #1
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Congress: Who's out?

There seems to be quite an exodus happening in congress. This mass exodus SHOULD have a big impact on the 2018 mid-terms.
So who is leaving so far?

Bob Corker
Jeff Flake
Sam Johnson
Lynn Jenkins
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
John Duncan
Dave Reichert
Charlie Dent
Dave Trott
Pat Tiberi
Jeb Hensarling
Lamar Smith
Frank LoBiando
Ted Pope
Bob Goodlatte
Joe Barton
Blake Farenthold
AND.....Orin Hatch (today's announcement)

All the above are Republicans.

The list of lawmakers leaving Congress in 2018 is notable for the number of Republicans who have cited their own party's president as one of the reasons for their retirement.
Democrats need to pick up 24 seats to retake the majority from Republicans, who've maintained control of the House since 2011. There are FIVE Democrats who will be retiring.

Here are the Republicans retiring from Congress in 2018 - CNNPolitics
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Old January 2nd, 2018, 10:51 AM   #2
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CNN's email about Hatch retiring says that that opens up a run for Mitt Romney.
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Old January 2nd, 2018, 10:52 AM   #3
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Anyone who has been in Congress longer then 2 terms should retire no matter what party they're aligned with.

(Of the 16 GOP lawmakers listed, I believe only 4 have stated that they're leaving because of Trump. Just sayin'. 4 out of 16 isn't that much of a "notable number" imo)

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Old January 2nd, 2018, 11:03 AM   #4
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Anyone who has been in Congress longer then 2 terms should retire no matter what party they're aligned with.

(Of the 16 GOP lawmakers listed, I believe only 4 have stated that they're leaving because of Trump. Just sayin'. 4 out of 16 isn't that much of a "notable number" imo)


I believe you misread the post: "The list of lawmakers leaving Congress in 2018 is notable for the number of Republicans ......"

I interpret that to mean that it is historically RARE for lawmakers to admit they are leaving because of a sitting president, WHO is a member of their party.
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Old January 2nd, 2018, 11:05 AM   #5
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In other news (The Borowitz Report) Paul Ryan's retirement plans:

Starting 2018 with a political bombshell, House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Tuesday that he will retire once he is satisfied that he has completely wrecked the country.
“I came to Washington with the goal of destroying life in the United States as we know it,” Ryan said in an emotional press conference. “Once I look around me and see nothing but smoldering ruins, I’ll call it a day.”

https://www.newyorker.com/humor/boro...MyMDE0NTg0NgS2
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Old January 2nd, 2018, 11:45 AM   #6
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I believe you misread the post: "The list of lawmakers leaving Congress in 2018 is notable for the number of Republicans ......"

I interpret that to mean that it is historically RARE for lawmakers to admit they are leaving because of a sitting president, WHO is a member of their party.

Gotcha. Yeah I can't really recall anyone announcing they left because of a sitting president.

I know Obama lost a lot of lawmakers during his 2 terms. But again, I don't think anyone claimed it was because of him.
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Old January 2nd, 2018, 12:49 PM   #7
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There seems to be quite an exodus happening in congress. This mass exodus SHOULD have a big impact on the 2018 mid-terms.
So who is leaving so far?

Bob Corker
Jeff Flake
Sam Johnson
Lynn Jenkins
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
John Duncan
Dave Reichert
Charlie Dent
Dave Trott
Pat Tiberi
Jeb Hensarling
Lamar Smith
Frank LoBiando
Ted Pope
Bob Goodlatte
Joe Barton
Blake Farenthold
AND.....Orin Hatch (today's announcement)

All the above are Republicans.

The list of lawmakers leaving Congress in 2018 is notable for the number of Republicans who have cited their own party's president as one of the reasons for their retirement.
Democrats need to pick up 24 seats to retake the majority from Republicans, who've maintained control of the House since 2011. There are FIVE Democrats who will be retiring.

Here are the Republicans retiring from Congress in 2018 - CNNPolitics
I know this Trump was not the reason Corker and Flake were leaving, they have gotten 1000s of calls from the people of their state ASKING THEM TO RESIGN because they were elected promising to do what Trump is doing. Now they can do it they balked.
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Old January 2nd, 2018, 02:16 PM   #8
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I know this Trump was not the reason Corker and Flake were leaving, they have gotten 1000s of calls from the people of their state ASKING THEM TO RESIGN because they were elected promising to do what Trump is doing. Now they can do it they balked.


I am constantly amazed at your political blind spots. Corker and Flake are definitely leaving because (at least partially) of Trump. In October--just two months ago--both Senators questioned Trump's fitness for office--and they weren't talking about his old age or health. They have made it clear that Trump's brand of politics is disgusting. Flake calls it "his (Trump's) coarse tenor of politics". Flake is a fiscal conservative--the old guard who treasures his brand of conservativism AND that of John McCain, who obviously detests everything Trump stands for. In fact, MANY elected Republicans have expressed discomfort, or even disgust, with Trumpís style.
Gone are the days when our lawmakers referred to each other in a respectful, gentlemanly way. Flake is a Mormon who is well-respected in my state. He sees Trump as irresponsible and unreasonable--as does Corker. Flake has said, "The path I would have to take is a path I cannot in good conscience take."

Thank God there are still SOME men--some lawmakers who stand firm on their convictions. They are a rare breed.
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Prediction: We will see a wholesale shift due to legal problems for people you never saw coming.

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There seems to be quite an exodus happening in congress. This mass exodus SHOULD have a big impact on the 2018 mid-terms.
So who is leaving so far?

Bob Corker
Jeff Flake
Sam Johnson
Lynn Jenkins
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
John Duncan
Dave Reichert
Charlie Dent
Dave Trott
Pat Tiberi
Jeb Hensarling
Lamar Smith
Frank LoBiando
Ted Pope
Bob Goodlatte
Joe Barton
Blake Farenthold
AND.....Orin Hatch (today's announcement)

All the above are Republicans.

The list of lawmakers leaving Congress in 2018 is notable for the number of Republicans who have cited their own party's president as one of the reasons for their retirement.
Democrats need to pick up 24 seats to retake the majority from Republicans, who've maintained control of the House since 2011. There are FIVE Democrats who will be retiring.

Here are the Republicans retiring from Congress in 2018 - CNNPolitics
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