Risch-y business: Idaho Republican senator prefers not to talk about Trump

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?”

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Comments (7)

  1. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 12/17/2018 - 09:19 am.

    There’s a line somewhere about reading tea leaves, or noting the direction in which the wind is blowing.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 12/17/2018 - 11:24 am.

      There’s also the good one about there being a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.

  2. Submitted by carl brookins on 12/17/2018 - 10:39 am.

    Eric, I can’t decide if he’s just being efficient and precise or cowardly.

  3. Submitted by Neal Rovick on 12/17/2018 - 04:31 pm.

    Dirty money and dirty hands….

    …..That long-running investigation helped inspire a complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission last August. A Massachusetts attorney believes Risch received illegal foreign campaign contributions via a scheme concocted by Manafort and a former business partner, Rick Gates, in which a foreign national group backed by Yanukovych’s political party used “straw men” to donate to U.S. candidates running for federal office….


    You have the right to remain silent. If you give up the right to remain silent, anything you say can and will be used against you…

  4. Submitted by John Evans on 12/17/2018 - 05:39 pm.

    Heck, it’s only a bad strategy if it doesn’t work. Why should he play defense if he might be able to get away without playing at all?

  5. Submitted by Edward Blaise on 12/18/2018 - 07:21 am.

    Well ain’t that convenient..

    Should the President be impeached?
    Can the President be trusted in our relationship with Saudi Arabia?
    Can the President be trusted in our relationship with Russia?
    Should we devalue our relationships with NATO countries?
    Should we devalue our relationship with Canada?
    Do we have competent cabinet leadership in the executive branch?
    Is the FBI an asset or a hindrance in finding truth and justice?

    “I don’t do any interviews on anything to do with Trump and that sort of thing, okay?”

    How do you feel about the potato crop? “We’ll, let me sit down…”

    The man is a US Senator: if you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen….

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