The level of butt hurt from people who turn their noses up at cults of personality is astonishing.
Ben Sasse voted to support the President of the United States and voted against the disapproval resolution in the Senate.
You would think Sasse just ran over puppies in the streets of Omaha. Oh the bitter butt hurt of rejection and disappointment from Sasse fans. For the record, I am a Sasse fan, would prefer he was President of the United States, would have gladly backed him in a challenge to the present President, and am myself disappointed in his vote. But still. It is as if the people who reject the Trump cult of personality have built up their own in Ben Sasse.
Sasse is a politician. Politicians sometimes vote in ways that preserve their political self-interest. They are all bound to disappoint, which is why none of us should put any faith in politicians.
Not a single Republican up for re-election in 2020, except Susan Collins,* voted against the President’s position.
Let’s be honest here — if Sasse gets a primary challenge and the President turns out for that opponent, Sasse is toast. That’s just the reality of it. Do you want Sasse in the Senate or not? If you do, be disappointed, but deal with the political reality of it as well.
Yes, it’d be great to have Sasse do what you and I both know he wanted to do. But he has to make some level of compromise because he is … wait for it … wait for it …… a politician.
With this, he can probably live to fight another day. Without it, he could definitely gear up for a primary challenge where you can spend your time praising his principled defeat.
The level of upset, frankly, is a measure of just how depressed actual conservatives are at the state of play in American politics right now, and I get that, but we also have to understand the practical side of electoral politics. We are in a season of political twists and turns that are helping us relearn the lessons of and need for grace.
*This piece has been corrected to note Susan Collins is up for re-election in 2020 and voted against the President.