If you wonder how the war for control of Congress is going, check out the Republicans fleeing the battlefield. CNBC Reports
“On Wednesday, Rep. Darrell Issa said he won’t seek re-election to a 10th term representing his San Diego-area district. On Monday, his California colleague Ed Royce said he will decline to seek a 14th term in his district outside Los Angeles.
That makes 30 Republicans so far who plan to leave the House by year-end, either to retire or seek higher office. That’s twice the number of departing House Democrats — presenting a major opportunity for a minority party that needs 24 more seats to snatch back the speaker’s gavel for Nancy Pelosi.”
“Many of the Republicans who are retiring are among the more moderate members of their party in Congress, such as Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida and Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania. Many were known for the power of chairing committees or for strong constituent service, or both. Among the retirees are the chairmen of the House Foreign Relations, Judiciary, Financial Services, Transportation and Science committees. NY Times Reports
Republicans in recent days, and Mr. Trump, have been talking up the idea of bipartisanship in 2018, in part to try to make the case to suburban voters that they can be accommodating. So far, they do not have results to match their words.”