Worth remembering Amash owes his career to Dick & Betsy DeVos. They backed him in his first Comgressional primary & raised him lots of money. When more pragmatic local chamber of commerce types primaried him they stuck w him. Without the DeVos’s he’d be a political nobody
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) April 29, 2020
As a former amateur observer of Michigan politics, I’d describe Justin Amash as ‘Rand Paul with a working forebrain.’ Which of course is why, given the recent attention he drew for his ‘principled’ stance against RINO Donald Trump, he couldn’t resist the eternal libertarian impulse to make the most dangerous election of our lifetimes ALL ABOUT HIMSELF. (The deVos family can afford to buy the best jagoffs available on the open market — and they do.)
— Reuters (@Reuters) April 29, 2020
… Amash, a 40-year-old conservative lawmaker who has been a member of Congress since 2011 and had helped found the House Freedom Caucus, left the Republican Party last July after his criticisms of President Donald Trump alienated him from his former allies.
He joined with Democrats to vote to impeach Trump, but on most policy issues still votes as a straight-line Republican…
Amash has as much chance of becoming president as our beloved Blogmaster, but for the next six months, he’ll have the worshipful attention of every horse-race tout among the Media Village Idiots. Not to mention the teeth-gnashing envy of some hundreds, even thousands, of dedicated large-L Libertarians. The Washington Post‘s Dave Weigel (who used to be a perceptive reporter) is already very excited!
… “Things have really taken a turn for the worse, in terms of the growth of libertarianism in Congress,” Amash told The Washington Post in a 2018 interview. “You have some bright spots here and there. But for the most part, the party’s become more nationalistic, more anti-trade.”
In 2019, Amash became the only Republican to call for Trump’s impeachment. Not long after, he left the party and continued to vote against spending bills, while opposing many White House priorities. He faced a tough reelection in his Grand Rapids, Mich.-based district, with Republicans and Democrats both filing against him…
The Libertarian Party is set to meet in Austin over Memorial Day weekend to pick its presidential nominee, with the convention making its choice on May 25. While the pandemic has canceled many political events, the Libertarian Party had not moved the convention, and earlier this week Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced that the state would “reopen” on May 1.
I would *never* wish a contagious coronavirus outbreak on anyone. But a nice contained bout of norovirus, maybe?…