Cillizza: You’ve been openly critical of Trump for years. Why have so few Republican elected officials followed your lead?
Murphy: They have a lot more Republican primary voters to worry about that I do, I’m not the ballot!
That said, I am amazed after 30-plus years in this racket to see how many pols think being easily re-elected is the highest purpose they have in politics. It’s not like we are asking these folks to land on Anzio beach or hold Pork Chop Hill … all that is required is to show some guts against a blatant demagogue who is massively unprepared by temperament, knowledge or character to be President of the United States.
The threat, and now the problem, of somebody like that running amok in the Oval Office seems, at least to me, like something worth risking your re-election over. Yet our politics have become so careerist and tribal that way too many people seem to swallow their principles all too easily. It’s very disappointing.
And I cannot image it’s much fun to spend all of your time figuring out how to make yourself slide under a closed door to show you are both pro the “good” Trump and against the “bad” Trump at the same time. Of course after Trump is eventually driven from office, DC will be full of stories about the quiet yet brave patriots who courageously worked against Trump albeit from behind the scenes. Still, I have to applaud the exceptions; Lindsey Graham, Jeb Bush, Jeff Flake, Ben Sasse, John Kasich and a few more. The rest ought to study up on Vichy France.
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