We are beginning to see signs that a few US republicans have been showing signs of courage in standing up to the republican President Donald Trump when it is the right strategy to take but more need to step up to serve their constituents before the president or party’s interests.
So far, the republican standard bearers have been the Senators, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowki, Jeffrey Flake and Ben Sasse, and to a lesser degree, Marco Rubio. We can now add Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) who is sponsoring a bill to curtail the president’s ability to fire the FBI’s Special Counsel Robert Mueller III, who is leading the Trump-Russisn probe.
Here’s the rest of the story…
On August 3, 2017, the Economist published the following report, “Republicans in Congress should be braver.”
“THE pact between Republicans in Congress and the president always looked more than a bit Faustian. Many Republican lawmakers decided to cheer-lead for a president who won the nomination by running against their party, in the expectation that he would then help them pass the laws they wanted. They were misinformed. The collapse of health-care legislation has shown that, despite his boasts, the president is hardly a master-dealmaker who can help Republicans get bills through Congress. The defenestration of Reince Priebus, Sean Spicer and the short-lived Anthony Scaramucci shows that he also has a habit of rewarding even his most loyal defenders with public humiliation. This pact is indeed like Faust’s—but without the enjoyable moments of omnipotence before the reckoning falls due. It is past time for Republicans in Congress to strike a new one.”
“There are signs that this is happening. After the failure of health-care reform, blocked by a trio of independently minded Republican senators, some Republican legislators have offered to work with Democrats to shore up the Affordable Care Act. Incremental improvements to Obamacare are far more likely to succeed in making Americans healthier than scrapping it and starting afresh.”
“If Congress can avoid a government shutdown, by approving a budget in September, tax reform will be next on the agenda. Here, Democrats have signaled that they may be willing to work with Republicans on a bill to get rid of tax breaks while lowering rates and containing the budget deficit.”
“That is partly for show. However, there is bipartisan agreement on the need to reduce the corporate-tax rate, which at 35% is among the highest in the rich world, though disagreement about how far the rate should come down. This is an area where a Congress that functioned properly would find a compromise on its own and send a bill to the president, rather than expecting the White House to cut a deal on its behalf. The aim of any bill should be a proper reform, rather than an unfunded tax cut, hard as that will be (see article). Regrettably, the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, has so far rebuffed advances from the other side of the aisle.”
“Perhaps Mr McConnell is hoping that Mr Priebus’s successor as chief-of-staff will bring some order to the Trump White House. A former general, John Kelly started well by using his first day to fire the bloviating Mr Scaramucci. Yet he must still cope with the man in the Oval Office who, throughout his business career, has made conflict and infighting a way of life. More likely is that the turbulence will continue and that an angry president will set Republicans in Congress the kind of unreasonable loyalty test he often imposes on his staff. That would be the moment when the Republican Party must show that it stands for more than winning elections.”
“Plenty of Republicans think there is no fire to go with the smoke that emanates from the White House each time some new meeting or e-mail exchange regarding Russia comes to light. Even so, they should recognize that in America the president must not be above the law; he cannot simply halt independent investigations that he does not like.”
“In Washington being bipartisan is risky and deeply unfashionable. But it is what the country urgently needs.”