13 March, 2021

Blount Won’t Seek Re-Election in 2022

GOP Senator Roy Blunt Says He Won’t Run for Re-Election | The Daily Wire

It’s almost as if they don’t want to be in the majority.

The Missouri native’s decision not to run in 2022 means Republicans hoping to take back the Senate next year lose yet another key incumbent. Four other GOP senators, Richard Shelby of Alabama, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, and Rob Portman of Ohio have also announced in recent months that they will not seek re-election.

Actually, I have a couple theories. I think that most of these are quiet (or not so quiet) NeverTrumpers. And it’s clear that Trumpism now controls the Republican party at the grassroots level. I think many of these people thought Trumpism would die with Trump. But that’s not at all clear. And it’s not at all clear that Trump is out of the picture either.

In Blount’s case it could be simpler. He may just be ready to retire. He’s been in politics for a long time. I find the timing coincidental, though.

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