GOP politicians who endorsed Donald Trump are like canaries in coal mines. That comparison comes from Roll Call columnist Patricia Murphy in her commentary The Canaries in the Collapsing Trump Coal Mine.
In her column, Murphy compares the fate of down-ballot GOP candidates who have endorsed Donald Trump to the fate of canaries in coal mines that are filled with deadly gases.
States Murphy, “If anyone is wondering how Trump will affect down-ballot Republicans in November, they can stop guessing — it’s already happened. Up and down the ticket, Republicans are finding that Trump is, in fact, the worst kind of nominee possible for a political party: a personality-driven phenomenon without an ideological bone in his body. Without a larger governing philosophy to support or values to stand by, many of those who embraced him early on have found their own fortunes sinking along with his, while those trying to keep him at arms’ length can’t get out of his shadow. It turns out that the Trump magic isn’t transferable, but the Trump stink won’t wash off.”
Trump’s effect on down-ballot GOP candidates is referred to in a recent letter sent to RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. Signed by more than 150 Republicans, including two sitting Congressmen, the letter says, “Given the catastrophic impact that Donald Trump’s losing presidential campaign will have on down-ballot Senate and House races, we urge you to immediately suspend all discretionary RNC support for Trump and focus the entirety of the RNC’s available resources on preserving the GOP’s congressional majorities.”
Priebus is unlikely to grant the signatories’ request. Real Clear Politics national political reporter Caitlin Huey-Burns writes, “Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus likes what he is seeing from Donald Trump one week after the nominee’s campaign shakeup — so much so that he predicted the GOP standard-bearer would be tied or ahead of Hillary Clinton after Labor Day.”
Only time will tell if Priebus is correct or if he will be officiating the funerals of GOP canaries.
Oh well, at least one famous canary won’t be succumbing to Trump’s influence.
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