They just had a unified government, pretty close to the ultimate political goal.
What else is there to shoot for?
“Give us a supermajority and we’ll fix the debt this time! We will fix your healthcare this time! We will give you a permanent tax cut this time! We will bring back your manufacturing jobs this time! Coal is coming back this time!”
I can’t imagine that kind of thing will get someone excited enough to push for next cycle of Republican power. Thinking about how many election cycles they will have to press through, and how many years it will take, I can see why an old man will just feel kinda tired.
I believe the interesting question is why are so many Republicans in Congress giving up their seats, compared with Democrats? Any thoughts?
My guess is that it’s exhausting and embarrassing to be in Congress while Trump is in office.
Given his record, I doubt Peter King is easy to embarrass. My sense is that Republicans are fleeing because they don’t expect to regain leadership any time soon and begin the minority in the hyper-partisan Congress we know have is not rewarding.
There’s better money to be made as a lobbyist and since that part of the swamp is no longer part of the conservative swamp drainage project it is probably an appealing destination.