Do all the GOP congressional retirements bode ill for Republicans — and Trump?

Do all the GOP congressional retirements bode ill for Republicans — and Trump?
Kevin McCarthy (Image: Breitbart News screen grab)

[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.

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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.

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