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How To Stop Republicans From Supporting an Inquiry Into the Ukraine Stuff

Behind the scenes in the GOP, leadership and a number of rank and file members do have concerns about the Ukrainian story. They have concerns, in part, because it seems completely plausible and also sets a dangerous precedent that future Presidents might use if not rebuked. They have concerns, in part, because this is a clearer story line than Mueller and voters might latch on to it. They have concerns in part because they already see doom coming in 2020.

But critics of the President will do exactly zero to help themselves and help move Republicans towards at least not screaming in opposition to an inquiry by attacking them.

Mitt Romney was first out of the gate with expressions of concern and he was roundly beaten by the left for not immediately calling for impeachment.

So good luck getting Romney anywhere near the issue again.

Ben Sasse is getting attacked for referring the matter to his press shop instead of taking a position.

Privately, more than one Republican Senator has expressed real trouble about the story and where it could lead. But they’re not going to come public when so little is known and they certainly won’t go public knowing both sides are going to attack them.

The bombastic “must use my words or else” attack on Romney from those who are skeptical of the President just confirms that many of the President’s critics are, like the President, their own worst enemy.

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