They’re dropping like flies. The men and women who were a part of Newt Gingrich’s Contract with America in the 1990s to stop the Clinton Administration’s raping of the nation are abandoning the halls of power in the United States Capitol by the day. The latest Republican to bow out is Bob Goodlatte of the sixth district in Virginia. He was specific about his reason to leave.
In a letter posted on his congressional website, Goodlatte, 65, who was elected to Congress in 1992, said his decision was influenced by being term-limited in his role on the Judiciary Committee.
“With my time as chairman of the Judiciary Committee ending in December 2018, this is a natural stepping-off point and an opportunity to begin a new chapter of my career and spend more time with my family, particularly my granddaughters,” he said.
Ahh, the old “spend more time with the family” reasoning. Although, in this case it might be sincere rather than a euphemism. Also exiting the political stage are Bob Corker, Sens. Jeff Flake and Lamar Smith, and Rep. Charlie Dent. Their reasons vary, but it is obvious that these men are walking away while “an outsider” is taking apart the power apparatus in Washington and rebuilding it in a completely different configuration.
In the case of Goodlatte, he will be missed.
“Bob Goodlatte has been an integral member of Congress since he was first elected,” National Republican Congressional Committee chairman Steve Stivers said in a statement. “From his Chairmanship of the House Committee on the Judiciary, to his work on Agriculture, he has been a dedicated representative to Virginia’s 6th District and to the rest of the country.”
Goodlatte has served his time in the swamp and is ready to move on and be with is grandchildren. The Deplorables humbly request that he have a talk with a few other long time representatives and senators so that they might be persuaded to do the same.