I don’t have much sympathy for any elected or appointed official who has rested for the past two or three years in the flea-infested bed of the current incumbent in the Oval Office.
Perhaps it made political (but not moral or ethical) sense to climb under the covers of that bed. Other than John McCain (who was fighting for his actual, not his political survival during the relevant period) and a few others (McCain’s fellow Arizonan Jeff Flake comes to mind) who decided that it wasn’t worth the cost to their soul and conscience to remain in politics, it’s hard to identify many practicing Republican politicians who stood up to Trump and remained politically viable.
But those who remain are constantly being put on the spot to either break party ranks or sell off the last remaining bits of their credibility, especially during the past week or two of news from the Mueller and related investigations, which have so dramatically tightened the noose around the neck of the current incumbent’s presidency.
So I had to at least admire the efficiency of Sen. James E. Risch (R-Idaho), as quoted in the Washington Post over the weekend, when reporters sought his reaction to questions relating to said noose. Said Risch:
“I don’t do any interviews on anything to do with Trump and that sort of thing, okay?”