It has happened again. Another Republican has announced they will not seek reelection. Rep. Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin is saying Hasta La vista baby. Gallagher announced that he will retire from the House “with a heavy heart” at the end of 2024.
“Congress is no place to grow old,” Gallagher remarked. “And so, with a heavy heart, I have decided not to seek reelection.” It’s stunning when one thinks about it. Do you know that this makes it — wait for it — 14TH HOUSE REPUBLICAN calling it quits!
For Republicans, the dominoes are falling, down, down and down. One does not have to be a rocket scientist to understand what is happening here. When a corporation does not treat its employees well, employees usually bail.
Likewise, when a political party is in disarray, becoming nothing but an extension of one man, and that man happens to be a mass indictee with ninety-plus indictments — would YOU stick around?
I imagine some Republicans must be mentally exhausted from all the craziness of the Lord of the Flies drama of the Republican House. Perhaps they really DO want to spend more time with their families, leaving bad memories of a nutty group of losers way behind them.
I don’t believe we’ve ever seen anything like this before. When a train stops to let people off, it is rare that every passenger gets up and takes off. And yet, we are getting to that point. This is A LOT of Republicans leaving the station. I could understand one or two or half a dozen, but we’re in double digits now.
So let’s bid ado to yet another Republican, running far and away, desperate to get the stench of the failure off of him. At this point, the odds look good for one House Republican a week to quit. Of course, THAT might not happen. But one thing I’m sure about? There is going to be more. This has been, and is, the worst Congress ever. That is because it is led by a party who forgot one crucial thing — how to govern.