Look, I'd vote for a sea cucumber if it ran as a D against Justin Amash.
But some R had to be first. Might as well be him.
He will now return to his regularly scheduled awful.
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) May 19, 2019
Few things about Amash:
In the MI House he once got applause for voting yes on something. He voted against nearly everything.
His family is Christian Arab (I think Syrian).
His district—once held by Jerry Ford—is not as Repub as many think. Grand Rapids is changing rapidly
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) May 19, 2019
Like Dana Houle, I remember Justin Amash as a local (state) nuisance, carrying water for his deVos family patrons in order to help the proud Christianists of Western Michigan stay barefoot and ignorant. But unlike such ‘independent thinkers’ as Mike Lee or Little Prince Rand, he’s not a moron, and he doesn’t assume that everyone not Justin Amash is either lying or a moron or both. If he’s made the decision to cut line on the Squatter-in-Chief, well… He does have his Libertarian principles, but I’m halfway hoping he’s also the first defector before the flood.
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) May 21, 2019
For the supposedly well-disciplined and implacable Trump Brigades of the GOP, this is some very weak tea, per the Washington Post:
… Trump privately has vented to associates about the Michigan lawmaker, who on Saturday became the first congressional Republican to raise the possibility of impeachment, citing the findings of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, according to officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations…
But on Capitol Hill, few Republicans are eager to punish the libertarian, who had a long history of bucking GOP leaders even before Trump was elected. Top Republican lawmakers and aides said Monday that kicking Amash out of the GOP conference or off his committee would only draw more attention to his apostasy. Instead, they have focused on isolating Amash and portraying him as an outlier. The House Freedom Caucus, a conservative group of which Amash is a member, also took a position Monday night “strongly disagreeing” with Amash’s comments…
Even if Republicans were to consider action against Amash, their options would be limited.
The congressman, according to Massie and other Republicans, has largely stopped attending the weekly House Republican conference meetings. And prior battles with GOP leaders have left him with only a single committee assignment, to the House Oversight and Reform Committee. Meanwhile, the House Liberty Caucus, a group Amash has chaired since 2013, has largely gone dormant. Its only news release this year notes its support for a Democratic resolution to overturn Trump’s border emergency declaration…
Amash was one of the co-founders of the House Freedom Caucus, so I confess to a bit of schadenfreude in watching this play out. https://t.co/u1ppbKpCUD
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) May 21, 2019
Asked if they would remove him from the House Freedom Caucus, Meadows says: “I think the caucus will be talking about it tonight” but he suggested they may not take that step in removing him because the group represents “a variety of opinions and that’s what makes us strong.”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) May 20, 2019
Meanwhile, Glenn Thrush demonstrates why the FTNYTimes was so eager to keep him on board…
Any number of elected Republicans have expressed basically same thing Amash has said about Trump, but, you know. in private.
This is why they do it in private —>https://t.co/anYJsHdXIS
— Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) May 20, 2019
… Earlier on Sunday, Senator Mitt Romney, a Utah Republican who has been one of the few members of his party to even mildly chastise Mr. Trump in public after the release of the Mueller report, described Mr. Amash’s statement as “courageous.” But Mr. Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, dismissed the idea of impeachment, saying on CNN’s “State of the Union” that the evidence lacked “the full element that you need to prove an obstruction-of-justice case.”
Mr. Trump — who has stonewalled requests by House Democrats for documents and has commanded current and former aides to turn down requests to testify before investigative committees — was not so circumspect.
“Never a fan of @justinamash, a total lightweight who opposes me and some of our great Republican ideas and policies just for the sake of getting his name out there through controversy,” Mr. Trump wrote in a midmorning Twitter riff that included, among other things, criticism of the “Fake News Sunday Political Shows” and boasts about his judicial appointments and health care policies.
“Justin is a loser who sadly plays right into our opponents hands!” he added…
Find some two-bit blogger or wannabe Brenda Starr would could produce this kind of access-enabled journamalism. Oh noes! Not the l-word! Next thing you know, he’ll be assigned a crool nickname! He’ll never be invited to another High Powered DC cocktail party!…