The GOP loses three powerhouses

Juan Casas, Courier Staff

The fall of three long-standing GOP Republicans in the House of Representatives has shaken the political landscape in more ways than previously imagined.

Duncan Hunter, Chris Collins and Steve King have all been exiled from their respective roles in the Republican committees due to legal and public debacles. Representatives Hunter and Collins were kicked out of their committee’s late last summer after the GOP within the House of Representatives voted to remove any and all elected officials from committee work if under criminal investigation. Hunter and his wife are currently under investigation for misusing campaign funds for personal expenses, while Collins is under investigation for insider trading, both maintain their innocence and will have their day in court. The change in procedure is primarily because both members where asked by the GOP to not seek reelection and yet did so anyway. Even though they won their reelection, they had to contend with the wrath of their own party for not following orders. The GOP, under Donald J. Trump’s leadership does not take kindly to subordination and have showed that they are more than willing to punish and outright outcast any and all members that disobey their wishes or the presidents. The traditional Ronald Reagan Republican Party has all but been replaced with Trump’s republicanism of intolerance and indifference towards those with opposing views.

Yet more surprisingly, King was forced to leave his committee by his own party after publicly defending white nationalism and white supremacy in an infamous interview with the New York Times. At first, King appeared to fight the ostracizing, until then Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, demanded King to withdraw from his judicial committee or be forced by the GOP. Of course, the GOP decade long incumbent went down fighting declaring that when the Democrats come knocking on impeachments door, the GOP would miss his experience and expertise in the coming congressional fights over the president’s impeachment. But it was his own party that abandoned him by uniformly denouncing white supremacy and white nationalism.

Curiously enough, King was one of Trumps earliest supporters and has long been viewed by his peers and opponents as a bigoted, sexist, homophobic and the traditional far-right Republican. He is also infamous for once stating that, when referring to legal and illegal immigration, the United States cannot rebuild itsself with other people’s children. Furthermore, with the GOP reeling from losing their dominant control over both chambers of Congress, it is self-evident that the ostracizing of these three prominent Republicans can only further hurt the GOP because they will need every vote in the upcoming impeachment battle that political experts consider is almost a certainty. Overall, the GOP in both chambers of Congress have a tough legislative fight ahead of them on every issue from immigration to education, Republicans are being both depicted and viewed by centrist Americans as too far-right while simultaneously the Democratic party is also suffering from a type of civil war between far-left progressive Socialist and their more moderate, centered left traditional Democratic incumbents. Indeed, it is a dangerous and an erratic time for politics.