I saw Rep. Trey Gowdy on the news a couple days ago defending Bob Mueller and essentially instructing his partisan colleagues to leave the special counsel alone. The Republican congressman said Mueller would do his job well if he were just allowed to actually do his job.
That a Republican pol would say this was striking. I recall wondering at the time what prompted Gowdy to make such commonsensical remarks, which were of course sharply critical not only of his conspiracy-huckstering colleagues, but of the autocratic, Muellerphobic Donald Trump as well. Today I — we — got the answer. He's retiring from Congress.
"'I will not be filing for re-election to Congress nor seeking any other political or elected office; instead I will be returning to the justice system,' the South Carolina Republican said in a statement."
Bob Corker criticized Trump. He's also retiring. Jeff Flake criticized him. He's retiring, too. Charlie Dent. Same. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Yep. Is there any Republican pol who's been critical of Trump but isn't getting the hell out of Dodge? I can't think of one.
Republicans' collective cowardice has been even more striking.
Update: Thought you might enjoy the below, a just-discovered gift from "The Daily Show." The folks there say their favorite is #8 (which they call "The Benghazi Blowout"). Myself, I'm torn between #5 and #6, although #6, I think, is just a mature version of #5. I do know if I came upon either one on the floor, I'd stomp the hell out of it.