It’s a bold strategy. Let’s see if it pays off for them.
Rather than laud a member of their party who has been elected to Congress six times, and who is the most prominent Republican from west of the Cascades, and who has drawn plaudits from across the country, the local GOP has attempted political cannibalism.
They are trying to eat their own. They have bitten off more than they can chew.
The Clark County Republican Party last week censured Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler for having the temerity to believe that encouraging an attack on the U.S. Capitol is worthy of impeachment. Herrera Beutler was one of 10 Republican House members voting to impeach Donald Trump for failing to prevent or halt the Jan. 6 attack, which seems like a reasonable response when Trump supporters follow his exhortations and try to overthrow the government.
Apparently, local GOP leaders think otherwise. The cult that is the Trump Republican Party is so deranged that standing up for truth and the Constitution is a punishable offense for elected officials. “She violated my trust and it broke my heart,” one precinct committee officer said.
Which probably will be a problem for the Republican Party. Because most Americans, and most Republicans, think that storming the U.S. Capitol is a more egregious violation of trust. Most think that a riot leaving five people dead is more heartbreaking. Most think that the sewer inhabited by the most ardent Trump supporters is not someplace they want to be.