Not that it comes as a surprise or anything but a number of Senate Republicans are all but abandoning their criticism of Hillary Clinton as the clock ticks down towards election day. With their cushy, perk-laden seats in Congress on the line, such A-list establishment quislings as Kelly Ayotte, Marco Rubio and Rob Portman are running up the white flag to save their own asses despite the catastrophic implications of the Clinton restoration. Not even the prospect of Hillary packing the Supreme Court with raving leftist ideologues is a grave enough danger for some career politicians to back Donald Trump and the R.A.T.’s are running for the lifeboats at a full gallop now.
As Reported by The Hill “GOP vulnerables dial back Hillary attacks”:
Vulnerable Senate Republicans running in states where Hillary Clinton is up in the polls have pulled their punches against the Democratic nominee, knowing they’ll need help from some of her supporters to survive on Election Day.
In Ohio, Sen. Rob Portman’s (R) campaign has recruited people at Clinton rallies to sign up for pro-Portman yard signs and has touted his union endorsements.
Portman, who says he’s not voting for Trump, has voiced criticism of Clinton over her handling of the 2012 Benghazi attacks and her policy toward Russia during her time as secretary of State. But his campaign has put more effort into identifying issues, such as toxic algae blooms near Toledo, that are obscure but important to independent and swing voters in parts of the state.
Portman raised eyebrows earlier this month by circulating a political mailer avowing he knows “we are stronger together,” language that echoed Clinton’s campaign slogan. A GOP strategist familiar with the campaign, however, maintained the similarity in language was a coincidence.
In Pennsylvania, Sen. Pat Toomey (R) has released a new ad highlighting the praise he’s received from Clinton’s running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who has touted Toomey’s “seriousness, intellect and civility.”
In Florida, Sen. Marco Rubio (R) has declared he’s not interested in pouncing on embarrassing revelations about Clinton’s campaign made public by WikiLeaks. His campaign website this week also proudly displayed the members of the “Democrats for Marco” coalition.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), meanwhile, eschews presidential politics on her campaign website. Instead, she stresses bipartisanship, claiming she breaks through “gridlock” to deliver results for New Hampshire.
It’s a pretty sad statement watching so many Republicans tripping over themselves in a mad dash to surrender the White House to the Clintons but it’s not as if they ever supported Trump in the first place. The likes of Rubio, Ayotte, Toomey and Portman are fully dependent on the existing corrupt spoils system staying in place and no amount of appeasement is too much for them to fight for it’s preservation. Trump has become the mortal enemy of the entrenched establishment precisely because he would blow it to smithereens and the leeches on the backs of the American taxpayers would have to actually go out and work for a living.