Sunday on New York AM 970 radio’s “The Cats Roundtable,” political commentator and former Bill Clinton adviser Dick Morris advised GOP senators against voting to impeach President Donald Trump.
Morris said any GOP senator who does vote to impeach the president “is signing his own death warrant” in the next election cycle.
“[D]onald Trump isn’t going anywhere, and he’s not going to be removed from office,” Morris declared to host John Catsimatidis. “There is no way the Senate is going to convict Donald Trump. He has a 90% approval rating among Republicans. And any Republican senator who votes to convict Donald Trump is signing his own political death warrant because the very next cycle he is going to get a primary against a Trump supporter who is going to absolutely destroy him.”
He concluded, “The central fact of impeachment is that it is a total and complete waste of time. My attitude toward it is wake me when it’s over.”
Romney, Collins and Murkowski have refused to sign a resolution denouncing the House Democratic effort.
For those Senate Republicans who are refusing to condemn the House-led impeachment inquiry, three may be the loneliest number.
While a resolution denouncing the House Democrats’ fast-moving probe hasn’t received a vote, GOP Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska declined to sign on as co-sponsors — the only ones out of 53 Republicans — leaving the door ajar to the possibility that they could vote to convict President Donald Trump if impeachment moves to its trial phase in the Senate.
But unlike the blowback Romney and Collins have faced for breaking with the party’s defense of the president, Murkowski could end up seeing her part in this micro-rebellion embraced by voters in her state. Experts on Alaska politics told NBC News that the state tends to reward an independent streak in its politicians.
“As far as supporting or opposing the president, we support individualism and we support individual freedom of expression. And that goes for our politicians, too, whatever party they are,” said Tuckerman Babcock, who retired as the chairman of the Alaska GOP last year. “Republicans here may disagree with her on certain things, but I can say safely that they respect her independence of judgment.”
In other words, Murkowski can fall out of line with Trump — but not fall out of favor with Republican voters in her state.
Murkowski voted against the Senate’s Trump-backed effort to repeal Obamacare in 2017, but later came out in support of repealing the Obamacare individual mandate. She voted against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh but backed Trump’s tax cut bill. And she votes in line with the president’s position on bills about 75 percent of the time, according to a FiveThirtyEight tally.