I’ll take it if this is the outcome, but I must admit I’m a little disappointed it took this for the voters in my old district get their eyes opened about Amash.
His apostasy of the moment is wanting to impeach Trump. That’s idiotic in the extreme but it’s also inconsequential, because Trump isn’t going to be impeached and he wouldn’t be removed from office if he was.
Amash has provided so many other reasons for primary voters to take him out, from his support of Obama’s Iran nuclear deal to his refusal to support a missile shield for Israel to his constant opposition of defense spending authorization to his opposition to Kate’s Law and so much more.
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Amash is a Ron Paul-style libertarian who ran for Congress as a Republican because that’s the only way you can get elected in MI-3. And spare me the claim that libertarians are “the real conservatives.” They’re not. They’re cultist automatons who simply oppose everything for the sake of opposing everything.
Even their professed fealty to the Constitution is garbage. The only love the Constitution to the extent it fuels their anarchist impulses. Ask a libertarian about the 16th Amendment and you’ll find out how much they love the Constitution. What they love is the attention they get for being contrarians.
That’s been Amash’s game since he slithered onto the scene in 2010. He votes against the interests of the country and pats himself on the back for being more committed to his “principles” than to his party, and people who don’t think it through too carefully find that admirable. But Amash’s “principles” are nothing more than a different dogma. Real Republicans are sometimes too loyal to the Republican Party line. Amash is unfailingly loyal to whatever he heard Ron Paul say, unless he’s too dumb to understand it and he ends up supporting illegal surveillance of opposition presidential candidates by the FBI.
All of this should have been enough for MI-3 to dump him years ago, but I guess defying Trump is the bridge-too-far that’s finally got primary voters paying attention. Pity the primary is more than a year away, but it’s more than encouraging that State Rep. Jim Lower is out to a 49-33 lead over Amash in the latest polling.
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Lower is a more traditional Republican, and unabashedly pro-Trump, who represents a state legislative district northwest of Grand Rapids. Lower is only in his second term, which is not all that remarkable in Michigan, where state House members are limited to only three two-year terms. Just about everyone who gets elected is looking for the next thing to run for from day one, because they all know they won’t be in the state House very long.
But Lower has put together a solid conservative voting record, and has amassed solid support from key figures throughout the district.
Should the voters of MI-3 oust Justin Amash?
As I’ve written before in this space, I used to live in Amash’s district before moving four years ago back to the Detroit area where I grew up. If I was still there, I would be less concerned about my congressman being “pro-Trump” as opposed to just being committed to solidly good policy. Some of the best people we have in Congress now are not necessarily “pro-Trump” all the time, but they are consistently supportive of good ideas, and that’s what we will never get from Justin Amash.
Low-information voters in MI-3 see the R after Amash’s name and figure they might as well vote for him. If they paid attention to who he really is, they would have ousted him long ago. I guess advocating Trump’s impeachment is what it took to get people to ask, “Wait a minute . . . what’s the deal with this guy?”
The deal with this guy has been in plain view for a very long time. Thanks for finally paying attention, MI-3 voters. Now finish the job and get rid of him.