[Ed. – Can the GOP gain enough seats to make Kevin McCarthy the new House speaker?]
Fall term exam: The mounting number of Republican House members already announcing retirement a year before their next election is a seriously ominous sign for President Donald Trump’s reelection hopes.
Or, the unusual number of announced incumbent departures this early is a sign of the encouraging regenerative capacities of our democracy as an upstart president continues draining the notorious Washington swamp.
You have 800 words. Discuss.
There are, of course, numerous reasons why any elected representative would decide to punt a political career in the nation’s capital. Personal, of course, can loom large. The $174,000 pay ($224,000 for House speaker) seems immense to regular Americans.
It’s a demanding, time-consuming job frequently involving cross-country travel, much time away from family and, nowadays anyway, a public that can at best be disdaining.