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Anti-Trump GOP Member Abandons Senate Seat Midterm, Leaving Key Opening for Special Election

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On Sunday, Republican Senator Ben Sasse (RINO-Nebraska) resigned from Congress, citing his intention to become president of the University of Florida. In political circles, it is speculated that he perceives the political winds to be shifting, causing him discomfort.

Ideally, Sasse’s replacement will be a more conservative individual.

Along with seven other Republicans, Sasse violated his voters and the Republican Party platform by voting to convict President Donald J. Trump of encouraging the January 6, 2021, Capitol invasion in his second impeachment trial.

“Sasse never endorsed Trump when he first ran in 2016. In fact, both times Trump was on the ballot, Sasse says he wrote in the name of Trump running mate Mike Pence instead,” the Omaha World-Herald reported.

However, the left dislikes him as well.

Mathew Walther of the Week wrote about Sasse and trashed him:

The Vanishing American Adult, Sen. Ben Sasse’s slick new paean to hard work and old-fashioned middle-class American family values, is the most boring book I’ve ever read.

If not totally intolerable, the Republican senator from Nebraska is the least tolerable member of the Senate. (Keep in mind that this body has traditionally embraced the energies of Benjamin “Pitchfork” Tillman, and that monsters such as Chuck Schumer and Ted Cruz are currently permitted to not just contribute, but flourish.) Sasse is one of those “intellectual” Republicans for whom Tocqueville provides the answer to whether banks should be permitted to hike overdraft fees.

In the past year and a half, Sasse has made a career out of branding himself as “the last honest man in the GOP,” which is journalistic code for someone who makes much hay about Trump’s character while inventing Principled Conservative justifications for eagerly implementing the worst parts of the administration’s agenda. If President Trump were to contemplate governing like he did as a candidate and offer, for example, a single-payer health-care scheme supported by greater taxes on the affluent, Sasse would dust off his James Madison quotations and tweet about the degradation of our democratic history. Sasse is permitted to continue his world-weary posturing because Trump governs just like a non-tweed-wearing version of him, even down to his bombing of Syria. In reality, he is really a tone policeman. Don’t believe me? Try to identify a single substantial critique of the president from Sasse (appropriately cautious-sounding procedural concerns about the nonsensical Flynn story do not count).

According to the World-Herald, Sasse was not a conservative; he voted with Trump just 85 percent of the time.

Following his vote to impeach Trump, the Nebraska Republican Party voted a resolution critical of the senator, but did not censure him.

“And here is the final resolution language:” On February 27, 2021, Aaron Sanderford (@asanderford) posted on Twitter.

Its February 2021 resolution stated, “Now, therefore, be it resolved that the Nebraska Republican Party Central Committee expresses its deep disappointment and sadness with respect to the service of Senator Ben Sasse and calls for an immediate readjustment whereby he represents the people of Nebraska to Washington and not Washington to the people of Nebraska and stands rebuked.”

According to CNN, Sasse was president of Midland University — a private Lutheran liberal arts college with about 1,600 students in Fremont, Nebraska — prior to his election to the Senate in 2014.

More on this story via The Republic Brief:

Sasse told the World-Herald he has been “pursued by a lot of universities” in recent years and declined all the offers, but the Florida spot was too good to pass up. CONTINUE READING…

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