Roy Blunt is the 5th Republican Senator Who Will Not Seek Reelection

Mish

Blunt joins four other Republican Senators announcing political retirement.

I Will Not Be a Candidate

In the above video Blunt announces "I won't be a candidate for the US Senate Next Year".  

"Another lesson I learned here, finish strong, and I intend to. Thanks for giving me the chance to work for you."

Regardless of what one thinks of his politics, that was a classy exit by Roy Blunt. 

5th Republican Announcement 

Politico notes Roy Blunt Won't Run for Reelection in Latest Blow to GOP.

In announcing his retirement, Blunt joins GOP Sens. Rob Portman of Ohio, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Richard Shelby of Alabama and Richard Burr of North Carolina, all of whom opted against seeking reelection in 2022. Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin have yet to reveal their plans.

Missouri is not likely to be a competitive state for Democrats on the Senate map next year — Trump won the state by 15 percentage points last year — though Blunt’s retirement is likely to set off a competitive primary battle to replace him and could give Democrats a chance to expand their 50-50 Senate majority.

The jockeying to replace Blunt is expected to begin in earnest. Just last week, Missouri’s scandal-plagued former Gov. Eric Greitens said he was “evaluating” whether to run for the seat in 2022. 

On the GOP side, Greitens has already begun laying the groundwork as the pro-Trump, anti-Mitch McConnell candidate in the race. The former president and the Senate minority leader are at odds over the future of the GOP and the best way for the party to win back control of the Senate in 2022, with McConnell promising to back candidates regardless of their support for Trump, and the former president suggesting that McConnell should no longer lead Senate Republicans.

McConnell, for his part, said in a statement that Blunt’s retirement “will be a loss for the Republican conference and the entire Senate.”

Things Will Get Messy

Missouri could get very messy depending on Greitens. So can Pennsylvania and North Carolina, Iowa and Wisconsin. 

Alabama is safely GOP, but there is sure to be a political mess somewhere.

These announced retirements are a benefit to the Democrats.

Mish

Comments (30)
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Greenacr
Greenacr

The retirement of any of the non term limited public serpents is a benefit to the country. We need all long serving senile Republicans or Democrats to retire.

Rbm
Rbm

Read yesterday Mitch and kentucy republicans are trying to change state law so that if he retires early the dem governor will not be able to pick his successor.
Im nervous about these old republicans retiring. Sometimes its better keeping the devil you know.

One-armed Economist
One-armed Economist

The more Trump flails is fine by me. Even IF he technically is leading the GOP he will NEVER EVER have a majority - or enough whatever to do more than stink and divide. LMAO.

Sechel
Sechel

The Senate Republican side is about to get Trumpier. The five Senators are from the governing wing of the GOP. McConnell is also in discussions with his state's legislature to rewrite the rules limiting the Governor's ability to place a Democrat in the Senate should he resign.

Sechel
Sechel

Seems Republicans from the governing wing of the GOP have consistently concluded they can't get reelected. GOP as we knew it is disintegrating

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lamlawindy
lamlawindy

Political parties change as the years pass. In the latter 1/4 of the 1800s, it was the Democratic Party (through the "Bourbon" Democratic faction) that supported the gold standard, non-interventionism, and international trade. From around 1900 to about 1950, it was the GOP that was the anti-interventionist party, loathe to involve America in foreign entanglements; the Cold War prompted Republicans to abandon this position.

The GOP is much more working class and rural now than it was in 1980, so it's not a surprise that perhaps positions on issues within the GOP will shift. For example, Sen. Tom Cotton has proposed raising the federal minimum wage to $10 and indexing it to inflation plus enacting mandatory e-Verify. Sen. Josh Hawley has proposed a $15/hour minimum wage for employees of companies with $1 billion in revenue. Reps. Kelly Armstrong and Ken Buck are advocating anti-trust action against Alphabet & Amazon. I cannot imagine a GOP congressman or senator endorsing such proposals 30 years ago when I first became involved in GOP politics.

PecuniaNonOlet
PecuniaNonOlet

What a world...what a world...

Zardoz
Zardoz

Probably a good idea to get out before you fail some purity test, and Trump's Chumps come for you.

Tengen
Tengen

Can't blame anyone for stepping down in this climate. From a purely selfish standpoint, once a politician has made their bones they have little incentive to stick around.

Even if they do terrible things in office, most Americans have the attention span of gnats, so the day after stepping down people will have a new outrage to fixate on.

KidHorn
KidHorn

I think the republicans will regain the house and senate in 2022. Biden being forced out and replaced by harris will cost the dems a few seats and mid terms almost always swing the other way.

This assumes DC and PR aren't states by then.

Eddie_T
Eddie_T

I expect the next crop of Republican replacements to be mostly Trumpites. One more reason to vote for the Dems, in spite of their ridiculous narrative around identity politics. I won’t vote with the “burn it down” crowd.

Bungalow Bill
Bungalow Bill

Now if we could only get rid of Senator Candy Crush Josh Hawley in Missouri!

Clearly Blunt feels like he has no home in the Trumpian toxic GOP--a fish out of water.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

Some of these seats will flip to blue thanks to Trump. He is the gift that keeps on giving to the Dems. I hope he runs in 2024 and 2028 and in every election until he dies. Expect a bunch of 1/6 videos to run during every election cycle between now and forever. The Lincoln project is not stopping anytime soon.

Bungalow Bill
Bungalow Bill

Eric Greitens thought he was Christian Gray and tied a woman up in his basement for his sexual excitement. He is the exact type of guy the GOP embraces these days.

He was resigned from office early in his first term as governor. Considering Trump's sexual immorality standards, he is perfect for the GOP.

ToInfinityandBeyond
ToInfinityandBeyond

The more Trump the GOP becomes the less likely they are to have their candidates elected. Don’t get me wrong. It is clear that Trump has a very large base of support. What is also clear is that this large base is not enough on its own. The GOP is sewing the seeds of its own destruction. FYI. I was, up until recently, a registered Republican.


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