The reality for Republicans right now is that breaking up with Trump — especially in such a high-profile way as an impeachment vote — is political poison. And the former president himself will try to make you drink.
Keeping aside three retiring members, the remaining seven are also in varying degrees of political crisis.
Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney has already been stripped of her leadership role after outspoken criticism of Trump and she is fighting for her political life against a Trump-backed rival.
The message here is simple: Break up with Trump and see the end of his political career (or face the toughest primary challenge you can imagine). This is not an incentive for elected officials to voice any criticism or differences with the former president.
PointThe current Republican Party is more closely related to a cult of personality than to a national political organization. And every time one of the “Trump 10” bows out, the former president’s grip on the party gets a little tighter.
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